Monday, May 25, 2020

Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial


Hello friends! I hope you are well! We had a good weekend, with mostly sunny weather. Yesterday, Leo and I went on a partly new walk which included ice cream, cows, a new playground and a fun old fashioned water-pump.

Today I have a shaker tag to share with you, which can easily be turned into a card instead, or you could just use one or two of the techniques and skip the shaker part.


At the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Going Around In Circles theme this week. I love circles, so this was a great theme for me. Don't miss the last project by our May guest designer Cath Wilson, with her gorgeous blog Inky Fingers 

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a circle shaker tag and also included circles in other forms, sequins, doodled circles and stamps. One of the great things about circles is that they can be combined in countless ways, bigger and smaller circles, solid and open circles and circles in any other form. For the background and the windows I used Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink and alcohol ink. Let start with the tutorial.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut with the Repeating Circle die.

Die cut the SSS Repeating Circles from a tag.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut another two tags from Clear Modeling Film or acetate.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink with Distress Ink.

Smear Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet and press the tag into the ink. Continue until you are happy with the look.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink with Distress Oxide Ink.

When the Distress Ink is dry, continue in the same way with Distress Oxide ink, but only touching the tag to the ink. Dry the tag in between.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Place one of the acetate tags on top of the paper tag so that you see where the window till be. Color with alcohol ink using a felt applicator. Then add a few tiny drops of Alcohol Blending Solution to each circle (this is why we want to see where the windows will be).

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Turn the tag around, place the paper tag on top and stamp circles, flowers and sentiments in the circles.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp the background.

Stamp the paper tag with a dot stamp and Forget-me-not ink.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Adhere the colored modeling film tag to the paper tag and then place foam tape around the windows. Fill with Tim Holtz mica flakes and place the second modeling film tag on top to create a sandwich.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The tags are backed by a white tag which was misted with homemade glimmer mist. Place a tiny bit of Perfect Pearls into a mini mister and fill with water.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color the sequins.

I wanted to repeat the orange from the snail, but didn't have orange sequins. Instead, I colored SSS Moonshine sequins with orange alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Doodle circles and dots with a white gel pen.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color with Prismacolor pencils.

The cute snail from Under the Sea Animals was stamped on white paper and colored with Prismacolor pencils. Then I added white highlights with the gel pen. Adhere it with foam tape.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Doodle a trail for the snail and stamp a sentiment.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

If you remove the white backing tag, which was just tied to the main tag, the windows are see-through. It looks really cool, but some of the detail is less visible.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Mica flakes shaker.

With a white surface underneath, you see the inking in the windows better.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Shake the tag and the mica flakes move around.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The mica flakes gives a really nice shimmer and work great for shakers.

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

If you don't have sequins in the right color, you can always use alcohol ink to color them.  

Layers of ink - Circle Shaker Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I hope you will join us this week in our Going Around In Circles challenge. You have a chance to win a $25 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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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rainbow Blocks Page

Hello friends! I hope you are well and getting some crafting time. Today I have a bright and colorful scrapbooking tutorial to share. If you scale it down you can make a card instead.

Here the weather is slowly warming up after a cold May so far. The apple trees are so beautiful with all their flowers.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used double-sided patterned paper from Whimsy Stamps. The set is called Rainbow. They came in the Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit. The kit is sold out, but you can still get the papers. I just love their bright and happy color, the circles, stripes and splatters. When I can't decide which paper to use, I like to do a blocked design so that I can use a lot of papers at once. If you are making a card instead, just use smaller squares.

The journaling is on the back of the layout and is about these corona times, since I felt that I wanted to document it. The photo is from a couple of years ago, but simply happened to be on a my desk, so I used it, even though it wasn't taken recently. It was also taken in my parents garden and I miss them now when we haven't been able to see them for months.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Whimsy stamps rainbow papers.

Cut nine 3x3 in squares of Rainbow paper and sand the edges slightly to reveal the white core.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Splatter with Scribble Sticks.

Stitch each square to the background with white thread and stitch a frame around them. I wanted to repeat the splatters on some of the designs and used Scribble Sticks in the same colors as the papers. Dip the tip of a Scribble Stick in water and then flick a paint brush against the tip to create splatters. It is very easy and they dry quickly too. I used colors from Scribble Sticks 1 and Scribble Sticks 2.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stitch around the blocks.

Here's a close up of the stitching. Remember to do the stitching before adding embellishments.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Butterfly.

I die cut Simon Says Stamp Shimmer Butterfly from one of the patterned papers in the set and from SSS white glittery paper. I gave the butterflies a trail of pearls.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Tim Holtz Scribbly Butteflies.

I also die cut two butterflies using Tim Holtz Scribbly Butterflies set. Bright colored patterned papers work so well for die cutting.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's a look at the Scribble Stick splatters. It is one of my favorite techniques with Scribble Sticks.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem.

Simple white die cuts look striking against a colorful background. These flowers were die cut with the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I wanted a little more glittery paper on the page, since I really like the look of this white glittery paper. Flourishes were die cut with Tim's Adorned set. I also added two Prima flowers and a sentiment stamped with the Simon Says Stamp Tabbed Sentiments set. I thought it fit well for the theme.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

By offsetting the glittery paper a little you get just a hint of glitter under the butterflies. It looks particularly nice when the light hits it.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And the blue and green butterfly. Staple the two butterflies together.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The title was die cut from white paper using Tim's Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower.

Layers of ink - Rainbow Blocks Scrapbooking Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And a second glitter flourish and flower. The glitter paper sheds no glitter at all, which is one of the reasons why I like it very much.



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

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tiny Flower Book

Hello crafters! I have a tutorial for a tiny flower book to share with you today. The techniques can also be used for other types of projects. 

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here is the finished book. The background was done with a stencil and texture paste, which gives a nice textured surface to the book. You can use other stencils to easily change the theme of the book. Or do the stencil technique on a card or in an art journal instead. The book was made with Eileen Hull's Tiny Book die. During May the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing products with a flower theme. 

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Eileen Hull Tiny Book die.

Die cut the Tiny Book from mat board. You also get all the pieces to the right. I only used the key.

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue strips of old book paper to the cover with matte medium. I added Rose Design Tape to the spine, also with the matte medium, to make sure it stuck down completely. Add a layer of matte medium on top of the cover too. Then give it a thin coating of gesso (I forgot to take a photo of this step - I was listening to a lecture at the same time and might have been a little distracted).

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply paste through Floral stencil.

I also forgot to take a photo of the stencil step, which is so weird since I set everything up for the photo. Apply matte texture paste with a palette knife through Tim Holtz Floral stencil. I adhered a piece of masking paper over the design tape, to prevent getting paste there. When the paste is dry, paint with watered down Distress Paint.

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint the flowers yellow.

Paint the flowers yellow and add green to the leaves.

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Make inserts for the book.

Cut inserts using your favorite sketching paper and fold in half. Arrange them into two signatures. I used seven paper in each, but it depends on the thickness of your paper. Pierce two holes down the spine.

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Bind the book.

Pierce corresponding holes in the spine. I had planned to leave the knots on the lower part of the spine, but had turned the book upside down, so they ended up at the top. I decided that it was fine anyway. 

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's the inside with the string going through the two holes and then out through the holes in the spine.

Layers of ink - Tiny Flower Book DIY Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And then attach the second signature in the same way. For an alternative way of binding the tiny books, check out my Tiny Books Tutorial, with four tiny books.


I also added a Clippings Sticker. The small size is perfect for these tiny books.


The key was painted pink and embossed with several layers of Tea Rose embossing powder, which happened to be on my desk since my Honey Bee ATC from yesterday. Attach a piece of lace trim by stapling it to the background and use as a tie.


I love the texture and feel of the paste and the way the words show through here and there.


You can make the flowers in any color. I just felt like yellow flowers today.


The back of the book looks like this, with the lace stapled to the covers.


Your tiny book is ready to be filled with flower sketches, journaling, notes, or anything else you can think of. It is also great as a gift.



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

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Die: Eileen Hull Sizzix Tiny Book