Thursday, July 12, 2018

Geometric Banner Tutorial

Hello friends! Today, I have a Sizzix tutorial to share with you. I made a geometric banner, which is easy and quick to do and a really fun decor item. Or you could make it for a special occasion, such as a party or celebration.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's the finished banner. Long and narrow items are notoriously difficult to photograph, but I think you can get an idea of what it looks like here. It was made with just one die, namely the Geometric Garland by Katelyn Lizardi. The banner has two different geometric shapes. It feels very cool to the touch with all those angles and corners, and also makes an interesting sound when moved around. 

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here you get another view of the banner, hanging on our fence. It will looks great in a window, or on a wall. You can also easily make it longer.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used watercolor paper as a base for my banner and colored it with Paper Artsy's Infusions Colored Stains. This is very quick and so much fun. I made a whole bunch of papers in one go. Mist the paper with water first and then sprinkle a small amount of Infusions powder on top. I used two shades on each paper. Mist more water to blend, and if needed add a little more powder. As you can see, I pricked holes in the lids of the bottles.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut enough shapes for your banner. Each time you die cut, you get one of each shape. Use this sandwich: Cutting Pad, die facing up, paper, second Cutting Pad.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamp the shapes with Archival Inks and various pattern stamps. I used a dot background, alphabet background and a star border stamp by Tim Holtz.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Fold the shapes along the score lines.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The shapes are easy to assemble, just add a strong adhesive along the flaps.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Don't they all look fun together? You could also use just one or two colors.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Each shape has two holes, which makes it very easy to assemble. I used twine and a long needle. If you want space in between each shape, tie a knot on each side of the shape. I liked mine to be close together.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's the finished banner - it is 28 in long, plus the extra twine that I left so that it can be tied to something.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I just love all those geometric triangles and diamond shapes.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The background technique is quick and also ensures that all the shapes look different.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

You can also die cut the shapes from patterned or colored paper.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The banner can easily be customized with someone's name or by using tiny photos or images.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

A Christmas banner with Christmas colors and patterns would also look great, and could hang in a tree.

Layers of ink - Geometric Banner Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! The background technique can also be used for cards, scrapbooking pages or art journals.

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

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Summer Fun Layout Tutorial

Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend. The World Cup journey is over for Sweden, but it was fun while is lasted. We have had a good weekend, finding a new friend, going for walks, cycling and going swimming. 



This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a very fitting Summer Fun theme. Don't miss the gorgeous project by our July guest designer Karolina Bukowska.

 
Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I made a layout this week, documenting memories from last year's visits to the sea, with lots of swimming, crab fishing (on this photo), sand castle building and more. The background was done with Tim Holtz Grid Dot stencil and Distress Spray Stains. I was aiming for a happy, playful summer look. The vellum was embossed with the Tiny Dots folder.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

First, I covered most of a sheet of watercolor paper with the stencil, applying Texture Paste through it with a palett knife. You have to wait so that the first application is dry, before continuing, otherwise it will smear.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When dry, mist with Distress Spray Stains. I like how the ink pools in the recessed areas.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The title was die cut from white mat board using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Deco Alpha die. I inked the letters to give them an ombre look. Mat board takes ink beautifully.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Coat the letters with Glossy Accents, and they look almost like glossy sweets.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This circle was a left over from a gel printing session - you can find the original tutorial here in my Gel Printed Card Tutorial - the stamp used in the background is SSS Bohemian Lace stamp.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I stamped sentiments and cut into strips and also used the Mixed Media 1 set to die cut a honeycomb pattern from a paper that had been inked with Spiced Marmalade. The letter was also a left-over, with the A being clear embossed using the SSS Sketched Alphabet set.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

My favourite part of misting is the areas along the edges which get this splattery look.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The heart was die cut from white paper with Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splat set.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

It is easy to make your own title letters, all you need is a die, paper or, in this case, mat board, and ink or paint. The Glossy Accents gives the letters a nice finished look.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also die cut butterflies with the SSS Stitched Butterflies set. They were die cut twice, with the one set left white and the other inked. I also misted them with Wendy Vecchi's Pearl Mica Spray.

Layers of ink - Summer Fun Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here you can see the effect of the Mica Spray a little better.

I hope you will join us this week in our Summer Fun 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.




Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Clear Penguin Card Tutorial

Hi and welcome to my blog today! I am happy to have a tutorial on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog today.

Layers of ink - Clear Penguin Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I hadn't made a clear card in quite a while and it is one of my favourite types of cards, so I thought it was time for a new one. This one has layers of stamping, embossed vellum, and a cute Picture Book Hugging Penguin, in a summer field of flowers.

To see the tutorial and close-ups, you'll have to head over to the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog.

Thank you for stopping by! I will see you again tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Friday, July 6, 2018

Book Club Chapter 2 Card Tutorial

Hello friends! Another warm summer week is almost over, and tomorrow Sweden is playing in the quarter finals in the FIFA soccer World Cup for the first time since 1994. I watch very little sport on TV, but now and then, when it is big occasions, it is fun to watch and tomorrow we will definitely be watching. 

Today, I have a card to share, made for the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team. During July, the team is showing projects made with Eileen's new Book Club Chapter 2 dies from Sizzix and her Clearsnap ColorBox Blends inks.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Sizzix Book Club dies by Eileen Hull and Colorbox Blends inks.

I had such fun using Eileen's new Book Club 2 dies and her ColorBox Blends inks on this card. I used the inks mainly together with stencils, and to cover entire surfaces, for which they work wonderfully. The Blends inks are pigment inks and there are many shades of color, and they all look nice together. You can read more about the inks here

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

For the fun tag pocket, I used Eileen's Credit Card, Sleeve & Tags set. Start by die cutting the pocket itself, with one of the scalloped slots. I used the Magnetic Platform, so that the die would stay in place. You could also use a piece of tape.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Move the scalloped slot down and die cut again.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Cover the whole piece with Bay ink. As you can see, the ink is dispensed through a sponge at the front of the holder. It is very easy to get an even layer, and quick too. Work in a circular motion, while pressing the sponge down.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Place a stencil on top and go over with Uniform ink. This is a pigment ink so it works great for embossing. Cover the whole pocket with clear embossing powder and melt. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

For the cardbase I used kraft cardstock and die cut the edge with the Scallop Border Movers & Shapers die. It works best together with the Movers & Shapers Shuttle. Use this sandwich: Movers & Shapers Shuttle, die facing up, paper, Cutting Pad.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used a Bubble stencil and Nutmeg ink on the cardbase. You could emboss this too if you want to.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut four tags with the Credit Card, Sleeve & Tags set. Aren't they cute?

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Ink with ColorBox Blends and add stenciling in a different shade of ink. Here I used: Sunshine, Golden, Nutmeg, Flagstone, Leaf, Beach and Uniform inks.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I punched holes in the larger tags and added a small one to each tag. I haven't written anything on the tags yet, I want to wait with that until I know who the card will be sent to.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used Wonder Tape to attach the pocket. You can add a strip at the top too, but I hadn't yet decided whether I wanted to add a third tag there or not.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut flowers with the beautiful Flowers & Leaves Journaling Cards. The flower one has so many different flowers, and you get them all in one go. Ink with Blends.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used one of the flowers as a star.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Shape the flowers a little and layer them with a brad in the middle. Leaves were die cut from cork.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The title was die cut from cork with the Journaling Words set. I also added a Clippings Sticker.

Layers of ink - Inky Stencil Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

It is difficult to capture the shiny effect of the clear embossing powder, but I think you see it a little better here.

Don't miss all the projects by the Eileen Hull Inspiration team during July, with projects using Book Club Chapter 2 and Eileen's ColorBox Blends inks.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a lovely weekend!

Happy Crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Inks: Eileen Hull Clearsnap ColorBox Blends: Bay, Sunshine, Uniform, Leaf, Golden, Beach, Nutmeg, Flagstone

You can find the inks in Eileen's Etsy store.