Monday, June 17, 2019

Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial

Hello stampers! Summer is at its prettiest, with so many flowers and shades of green. Last week we had a pretty end of the year ceremony at school and the kids are now enjoying their summer holiday.




This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Transport It challenge. Lots of options for this one, as you will also see in the design team inspiration. And, as always, don't miss to check out the project by our June guest designer Jess, with her blog Two Mad Dahlias

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Watercolor, resist, and stamping.

I was in the mood for a calm art journal page, and made an ocean-themed one, with a little ship being on its way to someplace new. Since, I wanted to create the feeling of a lot of open space, and many possibilities, I worked on a double spread, in my Dina Wakley Media Journal, and left quite a lot of white (calm) space. The stamps all come from the Simon Says Stamp Your Light stamp set, from the new Rest and Refresh collection

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply the Distress Resist Spray.

Working on one of the cotton-rag pages, I first drew a line for the horizon. To create interesting texture, I splattered and drew on Distress Resist Spray with a palette knife, instead of misting it directly from the bottle. It makes it possible to create other patterns and effects than just by misting.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks.

I colored the page with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks 1 and Scribble Sticks 2 sets, starting with the areas where the sun would reflect in the water. Apply color to the page and dissolve with clean water and a paint brush.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp the ship.

The I stamped the little ship with permanent ink.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint with Scribble Sticks.

Continue in the same way, coloring with the Scribble Sticks. For the light sky, I picked up the pigment directly from the crayons, and then dipped the paint brush in water again.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Color the ship with a fine paint brush. When dry, erase the horizon line.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With the Simon Says Stamp Your Light set.

You can add more details to the ship, and shadows to the sails, but I wanted to keep things simple, and just added a little bit of a shadow underneath the ship.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Your Light stamp set is fantastic, and has many images and details, and also lovely sentiments.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp birds in the sky.

I always enjoy bird stamps. They were stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink, and lightly misted with water before stamping.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's another of the sentiments from the Your Light set.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also stamped a few fish in the water, for a small detail. Here you can see the cool effect of the Distress Resist Spray.

Layers of ink - Ocean Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Watercolor resist.

And another close-up of the resist effect. I just love how random it it. 

I hope you will join us this week in our Transport It 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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Monday, June 10, 2019

Poppy Art Journal Page

Hello crafters! I hope you had a fun weekend! We had beautiful summer weather and spent a lot of time outdoors, but also went to the movies one day, since it was almost too warm outside.





This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Vacation theme. Perfect for the beginning of June. Don't miss the gorgeous project by our June guest designer Jess, with her blog Two Mad Dahlias

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I was inspired by a group of poppies that I can see from my window. That first glimt of red among all the shades of green, is one of the signs of the start of summer. I made an art journal page, and also added some index photos from last summer, to illustrate the theme, and since I like to add photos to my art journals sometimes. The stamp in the frame comes from the SSS Buttercup set, and the one above it from Poppy Stamps Flower Garden set.


Here are the poppies. There are even more of them today.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame and Stencil.

I used the pretty Poppy Stamps Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame and Stencil. Start by die cutting the frame from watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color the poppies.

Dip a paint brush in water and pick the pigment up directly from the tip of a Sedona Scribble Stick. If the color is too strong, dip in the water again, and dab off on a paper towel. Add the darker shade Ruby afterwords.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color the frame.

Continue in the same way with Olive and Lime, to color the frame and leaves.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When dry, splatter a tiny bit of black on the frame, by dipping the Scribble Stick in water and flicking a paint brush against the tip.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used the coordinating stencil, that comes with the die, directly on a cotton-rag page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. Ink the frame with Hickory Smoke ink.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When you glue the frame on top of the inked background, there will be a small grey shadow under the poppies, giving dimension to the page.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's another look at the poppy frame. I like the faux-stitching impressed into the frame a lot.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I wanted to leave quite a bit of white space on this page, and didn't add many embellishments. Small stamps from the SSS sets were stamped here and there.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This stamp comes from one of my favorite sets, the SSS Uplifting Thoughts.

Layers of ink - Poppy Frame Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also stamped the background with the SSS You Matter stamp, since it fitted well, and since it was already on my desk.

I hope you will join us this week in our Vacation 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 so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Heat Embossed Journal

Hello friends! The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day. I have an Eileen Hull Inspiration Team tutorial to share with you, made with her new dies, inks and embossing powders. 

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Made with Eileen Hull Notebook die and Clearsnap inks.

I made a notebook journal, as a gift to a friend. The journal is completely covered in embossing powder, so it has a glass-like finish. It is very quick and easy to do. Just be very careful when using a heat gun so that you don't burn yourself. Never touch melted embossing powder until it is completely cool.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Ink with Blends 2.

Start by die cutting the notebook from mat board. Eileen's new Blends 2 inks by Clearsnap are so fun to use. They come in very handy bottles, which opens up for a whole range of fun techniques. You can paint, splatter, ink with a sponge, and so many other things. I placed two puddles on my craft sheet and applied them to the mat board with a Colorbox Stylus Tool, with an oval sponge. If you have never used the Stylus too before, it is a really awesome inking tool and I have used it for many years, especially for my scenic stamping, since it is great for detailed work. But it is also perfect for larger surfaces, and ergonomic too. You can easily change the sponges, and there is place for a sponge on each side of the tool.


Continue sponging to create an ombre effect.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Emboss with Molten Dimensions powder.

The inks stay wet for a while so you can easily emboss on top of them. I sprinkled some Polished Silver Molten Dimensions and Glistening Glass Molten Dimensions powders on top and then melted. I love the names of these new embossing powders.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

My favorite of the new Blends 2 inks might be the clear ink. Clear ink in a bottle! Imagine the possibilities. I used clear inks to add more powder, once the base layer of ink had dried. You can leave the background like this, and it has a great texture look and feel to it, since the Molten Dimensions powders are chunky.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

I was having such fun with the embossing powders, so I decided to cover the entire surface with clear powder. Just apply the clear ink with a sponge and coat with powder. Again, do not touch the melted powder until is is completely cool.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

On the edges and the spine, I applied more clear ink and sprinkled with Black Magic Molten Dimensions powder.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Bind the journal.

You can bind the journals in different ways. Here I punched two holes at the top and bottom and on third way down. 

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

Bind it with a piece of elastic, as shown here.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

I like to tie the string through a button at the spine and then tie it again at the ends to create a closure mechanism.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Make signatures.

Cut papers 6.6 x 4.7 in (12 x 17 cm), fold and score and arrange into signatures of about 6-7 papers, depending on the thickness of the paper. The best thing with making your own journals, is that you can use your favorite papers. Stitch down the center and keep in place with the elastics.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Die cut the sentiment.

The title was die cut with one of the Journaling Words dies, from kraft and black paper.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

Glue the title to the cover with matte medium.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin. Chunky embossing powder glass-like finish.

Here you can see the glossy effect of the cover. If you want it completely smooth, you can add another layer of clear powder, but I liked the slightly textured look.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

The book was embellished with Prima's Meadows Pretty Pale flowers.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

These journals are such fun to make, and they make great gifts.

Layers of ink - Heat Embossed Notebook Journal by Anna-Karin.

The finished journal is 4 x 5 in. For more notebook inspiration, check out my Watercolor Meadow Notebook.

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

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Clearsnap Eileen Hull: Blends2 ink: Beach, Bay, and Clear