Monday, October 15, 2018

Misted Galaxy Tutorial

Hello crafters! We had a weekend with lovely warm autumn weather. Unfortunately, many leaves are falling, so the trees aren't quite as pretty any longer. I wish that most beautiful period of autumn would last a little longer, but I guess part of its beauty lies in the fact that it is so fleeting and short.


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Starry Night theme. Stars are one of my favorite things to include in projects, and they work for so many different themes. Don't miss the last project of our October guest designer Tenia Nelson, aka Jazzy Paper Designs.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with ink mists and resist spray.

This week, I created a dreamy galaxy in one of my art journals. The background was such fun to create and it is quick and easy. I found a little cut-out photo of Anton on my desk, from when he was smaller, and decided to let him fly on a cloud on the page. It looks like he is balancing, which worked extra well together with the quote by Vincent van Gogh. The background would work great for many different projects, such as scrapbooking layouts and Christmas cards.

The larger spot at the bottom right was an accident, but I decided that it kind off looked like a far off planet or a moon.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Swirling Stars.

I used Tim Holtz new Sizzix Swirling Stars for the background. Start with a piece of watercolor paper and die cut the star designs. For the two very detailed dies, it is a good idea to use the Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate, since it works great to get a clean cut with detailed wafer-thin dies.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Resist Spray.

Mist the background with Tim's Distress Resist Spray and let dry. I love resist techniques and this is such a cool product. I misted a larger piece of paper at the same time, for future projects.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Distress Spray Stain.

Mist the background with Distress Spray Stains, starting with the lighter shades. Instead of misting with water to blend, I used the Cracked Pistachio spray, to make sure I got as saturated colors as possible. It is fun to watch them blend and move around.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, inky background.

There was leftover ink from the misting on my craft sheet, and I pressed a piece of watercolor paper into the ink, misting the ink with a little water first. This will form a cool background for future projects, and made sure I didn't waste all that ink.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp with the a dotted background stamp, just here and there, for a little more texture.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Flurry 1 Thinlits.

The new Flurry 1 snowflake die has a star shape, and I thought it would work well to ground the photo to the background. Look at the fantastic fine detail of this die. Again, the Chrome Precision Base Plate works great when it comes to die cutting these detailed dies. I die cut it from Simon Says Stamp lovely White Diamond Glimmery Paper.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The same glimmer paper was placed behind the galaxy panel, since I wanted the stars to be white, but also just a little bit shimmery. The quotes were printed and cut into strips.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I loved the effect of the Resist Spray and almost wished I had added some more. It also gives a really cool textured feel to the paper. The swirly star designs and the swirly color complement each other to create a dynamic looking galaxy background.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The cloud was made with a piece of cheese cloth - it is white in real life, but for some reason it is looking distressed here. I also added some Clipping Hearts which were leftovers from Friday's SSS Fun and Festive Blog Hop post.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's another lovely quote about stars. 

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

It is hard to capture the shine of the white glimmer cardstock, but perhaps you can see it a little bit here.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I rounded the outer corners and adhered it in my Small Creative Journal. My journals aren't chronological, but I date every page. Some pages work better as right hand or left-hand pages. When I work directly in my journals, I often choose the right-hand page, especially when the journal has started to become fuller, since that page usually lies flat, while the left-hand page doesn't. So these lose pages that are taped into the journal often end up on the left, but the galaxy worked better on the right.

For more inspiration on the Starry Night theme, check out my Embossed Cityscape tag from last week.

I hope you will join us this week in our Starry Night challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Dimensional Laboratory Halloween Tutorial

Hi friends! We have had a warm autumn day today. I collected some odd bits and pieces from the garden and sketched them. There are still surprisingly many flowers. Today, I have a Halloween tutorial on the Sizzix blog, for a really fun technique which can be used for any theme.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Laboratory Halloween Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Thermoplastic Sheets and Tim Holtz Laboratory dies.

I was happy to see that Sizzix carries a new cool surface, namely Thermoplastic Sheets. The sheet can be die-cut, dry embossed, stamped and colored. Best of all, they are heat-moldable and once cooled, keeps their shape perfectly. I thought they would be a great match with Tim Holtz new Laboratory dies, to form dimensional jars and vials. I had such fun making a spooky laboratory with vials of weird stuff on the shelves.

This project was originally a card, but my oldest liked it so much, that I turned it into a wall-hanger for his room instead. By simply cutting off the back piece of the card, mounting the laboratory on chipboard, and punching two holes at the top.

It was happy to use some old chemistry jars for the photo, which I bought in a second-hand shop a couple of years ago.

You can find all the steps and close-ups on the Sizzix blog.

Thank you so much for visiting here today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Friday, October 12, 2018

SSS Fun and Festive Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am happy to join the blog hop to celebrate the release of the Simon Says Stamp Fun and Festive collection. This is the last stop on the hop, and you should have arrived here from Mindy Baxter, and I am sure you got beautiful inspiration there. Don't miss all the inspiration in the hop, and of course, there is a giveaway too.


Fun and Festive is a versatile collection with both Christmas and more generally themed products. You can see the full Fun & Festive release here. I also have a special code to share with you, if you use the code FEST587, you get a free Festive Stickles with your order. The offer is valid until Sunday, 10/14 at 11:59 pm ET.

I have two projects to share with you today, and both are tutorials. The techniques can be used on almost any type of project.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Simon Says Stamp Fun and Festive products.

The cute Winter Scene stamp set made me want to make a little dimensional winter scene and I thought it was the perfect size for an altered tin. I hadn't done an altered tin in quite a while, and it is such a fun little format. It's an Altoids tin - I have a good friend in the US who sends me Altoids and I am saving the tins for projects. This tin can hang in a Christmas tree, or from a hook, or be tied to a gift. 

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here'a look at the front of the tin, which is also decorated.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with SSS Fun and Festive.

These are the Fun & Festive products that I used for the altered tin: Snowflake Tags, Lined Circles stencil, and Winter Scene.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stamping the winter scene.

Start by stamping the background from the Winter Scene set on watercolor paper and use a torn paper as a mask to cover the hills when you stamp the mountains. The rest of the images were stamped elsewhere and later cut out. The background to the right ended up not perfectly stamped, so I just stamped images in the sky instead.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, masking pen.

Use a masking pen to mask the stars, top of the mountain and areas on the snowy hills.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, watercolor with Distress Ink.

Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Watercolor the background.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When dry, rub off the masking fluid.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Paint the stars yellow and watercolor the rest of the images. I like to use stamping mistakes to test out colors, as you can see in the middle.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add snow to the sky with a white gel pen and a little bit of White Opal Liquid Pearls on the mountains and the top of the hills.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, Lined Circles stencil

Cut two pieces of Heavystock paper and round the corners. Apply embossing paste with a palette knife, through the Lined Circles stencil and leave to dry.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, painting with Distress Paint.

Paint with Distress Paint. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Dry brush Blueprint Sketch and Picket Fence on the pieces to add texture and make the lines more visible.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, snowflake tags.

Die cut the snowflake tags from watercolor paper. These are such fun designs. I especially like the one with the circle cut out.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Apply Distress Micro Glaze to the snowflakes to keep them white. Press Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and place the tags into the ink.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I painted the tin with gesso and then Gathered Twigs Distress Paint. Cut the background to size and round the corners, glue into the tin. I cut out the shapes with scissors, but it will be better to use the coordinated die set, especially since these shapes are small and detailed. The house, deer and one of the trees were adhered with foam tape.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

To make the snow, I used embossing paste and covered it completely with Rock Candy Distress Glitter, which makes perfect snow.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's a closer look at the gel pen snow. You can also splatter acrylic paint.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue the two stenciled panels to the outside and inside of the lid. Inside the lid, I adhered one of the tags with foam tape, first stamping a sentiment on it.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, gumdrop heart.

The gumdrop heart was colored with alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

One of the other tags were stamped with a sentiment and adhered on the front of the lid, using foam tape. I also added two leftover trees.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.


There is a Fluted Star in the center of the snowflake.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The edges of the tin were decorated with Design Tape. Add glue under the tape to make sure it sticks down well.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Winter Scene in an Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I glued a piece of cream paper and the third tag to the back of the tin. The tag then also functions as a hanger for the tin. All the sentiments are from the Winter Scene set.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with SSS Big Picture Book Jack Russell.

My next project is a tag featuring the cute Big Picture Book Jack Russell die. It's a cute die and you can also turn it into other kinds of dogs. Our neighbors have a Jack Russell so she was my inspiration for this tag. It can also easily be turned into a card or perhaps an art journal page, and you can use the same techniques with all the Picture Book dies.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Simon Says Stamp Fun and Festive products.

Start by die cutting the Jack Russell from watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, watercoloring with Distress Ink.

Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush to watercolor the pieces. Leave some whites for highlights and texture.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I wanted a little more white in the eyes and on her nose and used a white gel pen for that. To prevent the black ink from covering the white areas, I applied Micro Glaze to the eyes and nose, before gluing them in place.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

To make my Jack Russell come to life, I applied Glossy Accents to the eyes and nose.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stenciling with Distress Oxide ink.

For the background, I worked on a Heavystock tag which had already been inked with a mix of Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. Apply Distress Oxide ink with a blending brush through the Lined Circles stencil. The combination of Distress Oxide and the brush makes for a very soft look.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Distress and ink the edges. Stamp randomly with the SSS Tiny Alphabet background stamp.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Give some shape to the ears and add a piece of foam tape under the lower part of the ear, so that it looks like the top part goes behind her head, and the lower part stands out a little. The hearts in the background was die cut with the Clippings Hearts die.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's a look at the eye coated with Glossy Accents. I love Glossy Accents.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also added some Design Tape to the background, for a quick extra detail.

Layers of ink - Jack Russell Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment was die cut with the Big Friend die from the Good Vibes collection, and accompanied with a Clippings Sticker.

Don't miss all the inspiration along the hop and of course there are prizes to be one too. On each stop of the hop a $25 gift voucher will be given to a random person who leaves a comment. The winners will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday. These are all the stops on today's hop:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

There was also a blog hop yesterday, so don't miss checking out the inspiration there. Did you know that Simon Says Stamp has special inspiration galleries for their releases? Here you can find the Fun & Festive gallery, and if you make something with products from the release, it is fun if you link it there.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today! I hope you will have a lovely weekend and that you will get some creative time.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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