Monday, April 22, 2019

May Flowers Tag

Hello friends! I hope you had a lovely Easter! We have had gorgeous weather and have done lots of nice outings. Spring flowers are coming out everywhere and the leaves of the trees will come next. The latter might be my favorite part of spring, because all of a sudden, you have these fantastic shades of green everywhere. Those shades of green also inspired today's project.
 



This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Going Around in Circles theme. Dots and circles are some of my favorite elements and I am looking forward to seeing all the contributions. Remember to check out the project by our April guest designer Sabrina Perna

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. May flowers.

I made a tag inspired by May Flower pins. May Flower pins have been sold in Sweden since 1907, and the proceeds go to children in need. Every year the flowers have new colors, and lots of people collect them. We used to sell them when I was in school, and paper flowers for a good cause is of course a favorite of mine. :) On the tag, this year's flower is the focal point, surrounded by shades of green and bits of golden yellow. 

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Dot Gradient stencil by Tim Holtz.

I started out by smearing embossing paste on a tag, through Tim Holtz's Gradient Dot stencil.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint with acrylic paint.

When the paste is dry, paint with watered-down Distress Paints. Mist with more water if needed.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Mist with mica spray.

When the paint was dry, I misted the tag with Buttercup mica spray, and did the same to the mulberry paper skeleton leaf. It makes it look like the leaf has been sprinkled with gold.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add gold foil.

Apply glue with a glue stick around the edges and press a sheet of vintage gold foil on top, rub to transfer the foil.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut letters.

The title letters were die cut from SSS Glimmery Sunshine paper, using the Archie Jr Solid die set. The die set is from the newest Blossoms and Butterflies release, and I also used it in two different ways in this post.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Gold foil.

The circle elements were die cut using a SSS set that I discovered is no longer available, but you can get the same effect by die cutting circles in different shapes with other dies. There are lots of circle designs among the Simon Says Stamp exclusive collections. I applied glue on two of the circles and rubbed with the gold foil. This mimicked the pearl in the center of the flower perfectly.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The other circles were colored with Distress Inks.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The glimmery yellow numbers and letters were matted on white die cuts, to make them stand out better. I also used a Clippings Sticker.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Around the circle, I added pearls and Acrylic Bubbles, through which you can see the leaf.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add letters.

The title translates to 'May Flowers'. The best thing with alphabet dies is that you can write any thing you would like, and you never run out of letters.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see the effect of the foil. It looks like gold leaf.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Majblomma 2019.

This year's flower is green and cream with a yellow center.

Layers of ink - Textured Green Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The tag and the leaf are very shiny, and you might see that better here.

I hope you will join us this week in our Going Around in Circles 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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Watercolor Peonies Tutorial

Hello everyone! I am happy to have a new tutorial on the Simon Says Stamp store blog. It went up yesterday, but because of Easter, I totally forgot to post about it here.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Peonies Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's a sneak peek of the project, which would make a great Mother's Day gift. I used the Simon Says Stamp Pretty Peonies background stamp, and watercolored it with Distress Inks. It is a real quick and easy technique and you can find all the steps on the Simon Says Stamp Store blog.

Thank you for visiting! I will be back soon with a Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge post.

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a beautiful Easter, if you celebrate it. Here we have had lovely spring weather this whole weekend, and did lots of outings. We went to two areas to look at two different rare spring flowers, among other things. Because of the warm weather, the flowers are growing so fast, you can even see changes over night.

Layers of ink - Easter Kiddies Craft

The boys and I also did some Easter crafts, such as these cute sparkly chickens. They were a part of a craft kit my mom sent us. I particularly like the idea of placing a flower as a hat on their heads, I'll remember that for future projects.

This was just a quick post to wish everyone Happy Easter. I will be back tomorrow with my Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge post.

Happy crafting and thank you for stopping by!

Anna-Karin

Monday, April 15, 2019

Inky Blossoms Tutorial

Hi friends! I hope your weekend was good. We went to the movies, decorated for Easter, and went to a local museum. A big thank you to everyone who left a comment on my SSS Blossoms and Butterflies release blog hop post. If you missed the blog hop, I hope you will have a look at all the inspiration, and there is still a chance to win prizes.


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we have a Beautiful Blooms theme. I am looking forward to seeing all the floral projects that will be posted. Adding flowers to projects is a favorite of many of us. Remember to check out the project by our April guest designer Sabrina Perna

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a card this week, with a bouquet of inky, dimensional flowers. These flowers are quick and easy to make, and you can use any ink color that you have at home. For the background, I wanted something quite dark, so that the flowers would really stand out, and went with a dark tone-on-tone design with some grungy, metallic edges.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut Tim Holtz Funky Floral Large.

Start by die cutting flowers from mixed media paper, using Tim Holtz's Funky Floral Large die set.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink the flowers with Distress Ink.

The flowers were first inked using a Mini Round Blending tool, and then darker details were added with Detailed Blending Tools. This is a quick and easy way to add darker ink in some areas only.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink flowers and leaves.

Continue coloring the flowers and leaves, using any color you can think of.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Shape the paper flowers.

Give the flowers dimension and life with the Sizzix Paper Sculpting Kit. Place the flowers on the foam mat, press and roll with the embossing tools. Bend and roll petals back and forth with the tweezers.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background paper was first inked a pretty dark brown.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp with Tim Holtz Fragments stamp.

Then I stamped it with Tim's Fragments set, using Ground Espresso Archival Ink. I love the worn wall-paper look of these stamps.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Emboss the edges.

Distress the edges with an edge distressor. Apply ink to the edges with an Emboss It Dabber and emboss with Ranger's Hammered Mixed Media powder. Don't touch the melted powder until it is completely cool.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Assemble the paper flowers.s

Layer the flowers together and glue them to the background.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I added some dots to the center of the flowers.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I just love the shape of these leaves. To give the flowers a base, I layered some Design Tape and a piece of lace trim at the background, forming a table.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Mixed Media powders give a really cool effect.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut a sentiment.

The sentiment was die cut and inked in an ombre fashion with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon.

Layers of ink - Inky Blossoms Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see the dimension of the flowers better.

I hope you will join us this week in our Beautiful Blooms 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. 




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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, April 13, 2019

SSS Blossoms and Butterflies Blog Hop

Hi friends! I am so happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp blog hop in celebration of the new Blossoms and Butterflies release. It is is a gorgeous spring day here in Sweden and the new release is perfect for spring and summer crafting. You should have arrived here from the very creative Ankita Gupta.

The Blossoms and Butterflies collection contains a wide range of versatile dies, stamps, stencils, watercolor cards and sequins. You can see the whole collection here.



There is also a free gift for you. If you use the code BLSM999, when you make an order, you will get a free jar of Unicorn Dust Glitter (while supplies last!) with any purchase. The code will expire Sunday, 4/14 at 11:59 pm EDT.
I made two projects, a mixed media panel and a card, and both are tutorials. As usual the techniques can be used on many types of projects.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With SSS Blossoms and Butterflies.

I loved the Bouquet of Roses stencil so much that I wanted it to be the center piece on a wall-hanger. It's a Mother's Day gift to my Mom. The panel is about 6 x 6.5 in. It might look complicated to make, but it is easy, and just requires a bit of patience to let paints and pastes dry in between layers. Let start.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. SSS Blossoms and Butterflies.

These are the products from Blossoms and Butterflies that I used on my projects: Archie Jr SolidPoppy FrameComfort & Prayers stamp set and Bouquet of Roses stencil.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply gesso.

I started with a piece of mat board and coated it with gesso. The edges were rounded with my Corner Chomper.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply Crackle Paste.

When the gesso is dry, add Opaque Crackle Paste, especially around the edges. Vary the thickness to get both small and large cracks (the thicker the paste, the larger the cracks). Leave to dry.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When the paste was dry, I glued the panel to a second slightly larger panel, which was recycled from old packaging. Leave to dry under heavy books.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add paste through stencil.

Apply texture paste with a palette knife through the stencil.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint with acrylic paint.

When the paste was dry, I painted it with watered-down Distress Paints, starting with Antique Linen. Mist with more water to get the shades to blend, and to get the darker brown to sink into the cracks. You can use quite a lot of water. Leave to dry.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Place the stencil back over the design and sponge with white paint. This gives a lighter base for the painting of the flowers.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint the roses with acrylic paint.

Paint the flowers and leaves with Distress Paints and Dina Wakley's Blushing pink. Add a second layer if needed.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp the background.

Stamp the background here and there with the SSS You Matter background stamp, for more texture.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add shading.

If you want to, add a shadow with a Black Soot Marker along some of the edges of the flowers. I imagined the light to come from the top left of the panel. You can smear the black out a bit with a Q-tip dipped in water. 

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add metallic paint.

Dry brush metallic Rosy paint over the roses, and here and there on the background. This gives a lovely subtle metallic sheen to the panel.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Adding foil.

Apply a glue stick randomly here and there and rub a vintage gold foil sheet on top. This gives a worn gilded effect.
 Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I love alpha dies and the ones in the Archie Jr Solid set are fantastic. Such a great font and size, perfect for cardmaking, but also for other types of projects. I die cut them from brown and gold, layering to offset the gold slightly.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

White emboss butterflies from the Comfort & Prayers set on vellum and cut out.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Crackle texture.

Bend out the wings of the butterflies slightly and glue them only along the body, using Matte Medium, which doesn't show at all.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see the lovely texture created with the crackle, paint, stamping and metallic bits.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Close up roses

This rose design is so pretty and I love the bits of gold. Up close, some of the shadow lines look a bit harsh, but that makes them stand out a better from a distance.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The gold adds a nice shadow to the letters. I glued a piece of lace to the base and tied some twine around it. The sentiments come from Tim Holtz's Clippings stickers.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

You can easily change the colors for a different look, and if you don't want all the grunge and distressing, just skip those steps.

Layers of ink - Roses Mixed Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

White embossing on vellum is a favorite technique of mine. It looks great on its own, but if you want to, you can also color the vellum on the back.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With SSS Blossoms and Butterflies.

The second project that I made is a card, using the wonderful Poppy Frame, together with the Archie Jr Alpha dies. I wanted the poppies to be the focal point and left everything else in shades of white.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut the Poppy Frame.

Start by die cutting the Poppy Frame from watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color the grass.

Color the grass with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and turn to watercolor with water and a paint brush. I used both Scribble Sticks and Scribble Sticks 2.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Color a piece of watercolor paper with Scribble Sticks and use water to turn them into watercolor.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut the poppies.

Die cut the poppies from the red paper.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

If needed add some more shading to the petals.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

For the background, I just cut a piece of watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Inks.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue the red pieces into the poppies.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I kept the alpha dies intact for now, not separating them, so that I can use the for background elements. Die cut from a white piece of card. 

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

For the layers, I used a white folded cardstock, two pieces of SSS Glimmery White Diamond cardstock, and the alpha panel. Distress some of the edges.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used part of a sentiment stamp from the Comfort and Prayers set. The poppy panel was attached with foam tape.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. SSS Poppy Frame.

You can also color the outlines black, but I liked the lighter look of the white. Check out the lovely detailed frame of the Poppy Frame.

Layers of ink - Poppy Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Using various shades of white gives dimension and interest without taking the focus away from the poppy panel.

There are of course prizes to be won, 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 17th of April.

Your next stop on the hop is Gayatri Murali. Don't miss the inspiration you will be sure to find there.

Here are all the stops along the hop:









Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)


For more Blossoms and Butterflies inspiration, remember to check out the Blossoms and Butterflies gallery at SSS, and if you make something with products from the range, it is fun if you post it in in the gallery too. There are galleries for all releases, and for the card kits, full of inspiration. Part one of the Blossoms and Butterflies blog hop was yesterday, so don't miss all the inspiration there.

Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you will have a lovely weekend!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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