Thursday, May 19, 2022

Gold Birthday Card

Hi crafters! Today I have a birthday card tutorial to share with you, using various types of metallic gold effects. 

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Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I needed a birthday card for a friend and was in the mood to create something using almost only gold. Even the background cardstock is a soft glimmery golden shade. I used metallic paper, gold embossing powder, gold glitter paper and gold glitter gel.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Since the card is so shiny, it is hard to photograph and looks different depending on how the light falls.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by embossing Tim Holtz gold paper in the Simon Says Stamp Dimensional Stars embossing folder.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut Simon Says Stamp Balloon Trio.


Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply Ranger Stickles.

Coat the gold balloon with Ranger's Supernova Stickles. Let dry (it takes a while).

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Emboss with gold powder.

Emboss the heavystock balloon in several layers of gold embossing powder. Be very careful when using a heat tool and never touch the melted powder until it has cooled down completely.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I decided to crackle the gold balloon, but you can also leave it as it is. Place heavystock paper behind the balloon, as a highlight. Mount with foam tape. The number was die cut with Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Script dies, from gold glitter paper and from the same glimmery cardstock as the folded cardbase.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The large balloon with the metallic gold base and the Stickles is my favorite. The Supernova stickles has small star sequins embedded in the glue. The sentiments were gold embossed on vellum, using the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Wishes stamp set.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

If you don't want to wait for the Stickles to dry, use gold glitter paper for the large balloon too.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The large sentiment was also gold embossed on vellum, to keep with the gold theme. Tie the twine up and staple to the background.

Layers of ink - Gold Birthday Card tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background cardstock is Simon Says Stamp glimmery cardstock. It is a yellow shade, but looks like a soft gold.




I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Textured Crackle Background

Hi friends! I hope you are well and had a good weekend. This week our theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog is 'Add Texture. 

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Texture happens to be one of my favorite things and I like to find new ways in which to add it. Don't miss the great project by our May guest designer Ann Chuang aka Ann Chuang Crafts


Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a tag with a whole lot of texture, but it is easier and quicker to do than what it might look like. I have a thing for crackles, which goes way back to when I was doing a lot of decoupage in South Africa many years ago.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp with Simon Says Stamp Reverse Crackle Background.

Stamp the Simon Says Stamp Reverse Crackle Background with embossing ink and emboss with cream powder. Flick some of the powder off before melting, for added texture.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink with two shades of brown Distress Ink. The embossing will resist the ink.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I die cut Tim Holtz Wildflower Stems 2 from scrap papers. Some of them were stamped with a text stamp from Simon Says Stamp Document It.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Four of the flowers were die cut from a piece of paper leftover from a wax paper resist technique that I did a couple of years ago. You can find a video tutorial for that technique here.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp with Simon Says Stamp Mixed Labels.

The label was stamped with Simon Says Stamp Mixed Labels and die cut with the coordinating die. The sentiment comes from Laugh In Flowers.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

By die cutting the flowers from different papers, you get instant color and texture in one go. Mummy cloth or cheese cloth also adds instant texture.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And more flowers.

Layers of ink - Textured Crackle Background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background texture is very quick to do, but also very interesting and has a whole of texture.

I hope you will join us this week in our Add Texture theme. You have a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.






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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Yay You

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am happy to take part in the blog hop to celebrate the new Yay You release by Simon Says Stamp. If you are following along in the hop you should have arrived here from Heather Ruwe.

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Simon Says Stamp Yay You Release.

The Yay You release is full of wonderful new stamps, stencils, dies, inks and other products. You can find the whole release here. If you use the code BEAUTY you will get the Beautiful die set FREE with a purchase of $25 or more.This promotion will expire 5/15 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Simon Says Stamp Yay You release.

I made an art journal page.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

My art journal page inspired by the explosion of bright spring shades of green everywhere. It is amazing how you can see the changes from day to day in a single tree or in the color of the grass. I called it the 'green shock', and this art journal page is about walking into the forest during this time of the year, being almost encapsulated in a sea of green. 

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink through the stencil.

I used the great Domed Arches stencil set, which consists of five sizes dome stencils and masks. I started with the second largest - later I added the largest too since I realised there was space for it. Ink with Twisted Citron.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Next came Moved Lawn.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.


Next, Lucky Clover.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The darkest and smallest dome is Rustic Wilderness.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I added a the largest dome with Twisted Citron and then placed the mask over the inked parts. Stamp the Arches Background with embossing ink and cover with clear embossing powder.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I didn't line up the background stamp up perfectly, but that was okay anyway. Ink with shades of green and yellow.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut the Basic Box Card Grass from heavystock paper.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Cut off the edges at the score line and ink with green inks.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp with the Simon Says Stamp Halftone Background and green inks, for a bit of texture.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I white embossed sentiments from Birthday Wishes on vellum and used the new Micro Dot Sheets as adhesive. Place the vellum on the sheet and rub with the cover sheet. 

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Adhere to the background. I also cut a few sentiment strips. I used birthday stamps and wedding themed strips on this page, but turned it into a different theme.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

There are so many options with the Domed Arches stencils. You can layer them in different colors, or use just one size.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I never grow tired of the resist effect and look of clear or white embossing powder combined with dye ink.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Another sentiment strip and a tiny bit of glitter.

Layers of ink - Green Spring Forest Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Don't miss all the inspiration along the hop. There are of course prizes to be won too, and at each stop on the hop SSS is giving away a $25 coupon, randomly drawn from those who leave a comment. The winners will be posted post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday the 18th of May. 

For more Yay You inspiration remember to check out the Yay You gallery at Simon Says Stamp, and if you make something with products from the range, it is fun if you post it in the gallery too. There are galleries for all releases, and for the card kits, full of inspiration.


This is the first blog hop for the Yay You release, don't miss blog hop day number 2 tomorrow.




Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Alcohol Ink Background

Hi friends! I hope you had a good weekend! We have beautiful spring weather here and everything is turning green.

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This week we have a 'Alcohol - drink or ink' theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Don't miss the beautiful project by our May guest designer Ann Chuang aka Ann Chuang Crafts


Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a bright alcohol ink background on yupo paper and using two background stamps by Simon Says Stamp. These backgrounds are such fun to make. 

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by applying alcohol ink to the yupo background with a felt applicator. I like to just lightly touch the surface after the first one or two layers, to create little dots, or bubbles. Do that with blending solution too until you are happy with the look.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp with Simon Says Stamp Open and Solid Grid background stamps.

Stamp the Simon Says Stamp Open Grid and Solid Grid backgrounds here and there using Alcohol lift-ink. Dabb off the ink to reveal the ghost images.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Glossy Cardstock and ink with Valencia alcohol ink. I changed my mind and used a the Simon Says Stamp Shoot for the Stars die, but forgot to take a new photo. Here you see the Just Because die.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I didn't want to cover too much of the background up and only added some stars, a sentiment and two strips of label tape. Here you can see the ghost effect of both the open and solid grids.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The yupo paper makes for really bright colors.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The stars were die cut from Simon Says Stamp silver glitter paper and some of them where colored with Turquoise alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I die cut the sentiment a second time from white glossy paper and offset it a little. Here you can see the glossy effect better.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Background Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I hope you will join us this week in our Alcohol drink or ink challenge theme. You have a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.





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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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