Monday, May 21, 2018

Inspired by a song

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good weekend! I had a really great weekend teaching workshops in the the north of Sweden, in a beautiful town called Pite√•. The weather was lovely and the classes were such fun. I also took a wonderful mini-album class by Lena Holmstr√∂m. She makes the most amazing things from old book and recycled items. 



It is Monday, and this week we are Inspired By A Song at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. Don't miss the lovely project by our May guest designer Alison Bomber.

Layers of ink - Inspired by a song layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I knew exactly which song to be inspired by this week, namely We Will Rock You by Queen, which is one of Leo's favourite song. He happened to hear this song when Anton watched the Pixels movie on TV some time list year and later we realized that he was humming it. At that time, he said very few words, but the tune was clearly recognizable. He still loves this song. I used photos from about the time that he heard it the first time. The journaling is on the back of the layout.

I wanted to use a title with a lot of punch, and die cut letters from mat board with Tim Holtz Billboard die. They were painted red and stamped with a crackle texture stamp. The heart die cut is the Sketch Heart by SSS.

Layers of ink - Inspired by a song layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The background is Tim Holtz Motif cardstock, which has a pattern that will resist various media. I smeared Distress Oxides (Iced Spruce and Black Soot) on the background, and misted them with water. The splatters were done with Black Soot paint.

Layers of ink - Inspired by a song layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Ranger's foil tape sheets were adhered to cardstock and embossed in the Paper Airplanes and Diamond Plate embossing folders. I painted them black and then rubbed most of the paint away. Here you can see the crackle stamping on the letters better too.

Layers of ink - Inspired by a song layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The stars were stamped with Red Geranium ink and the small sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp Under the Sea Animals set.

Layers of ink - Inspired by a song layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

And more stamping.

Layers of ink - Inspired by a song layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also die cut the SSS Spinner Trail from Coal Shimmery Cardstock and glued it in three places.

I hope you will join us this week in our Inspired By A Song 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 for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

SSS Sending Sunshine Blog Hop

Hello and very welcome to my blog! I am so happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp blog hop to celebrate the Sending Sunshine release. If you are following along the hop, you came here from Heather Hoffman and I am sure she shared some wonderful card ideas with you.


The Sending Sunshine release is full of gorgeous stamps, dies, stencils and sequins. You can see the whole release here. It is a very versatile release and many of the products have a great summer feeling.

I made two projects for the blog hop, a card and an art journal layout, and both are tutorials. You can use the techniques for other types of projects too of course.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine release blog hop

Let's start with the card, which is a spring time thank you card, but if you change the sentiments it could work for many themes. For the background, I used the Leafy Frame stencil, and the sentiments and wreath come from Wreath Greetings. I also used the Bohemian Lace stamp. The background and the circle were printed with my Ranger gel printing plate, and below you will see how easy it is to do.

Layers of ink - Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used these stamps from the Sending Sunshine release: Bohemian Lace and Wreath Greetings. And the Leafy Frame stencil.

Layers of ink - Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used these three die sets for my projects: Leafy Circle, Wreath Greetings, and the Flower Cluster.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Ranger's Gel Printing Plate

Start by adding a little bit of Dina Wakley's Lime, Evergreen and Ocean paint to the largest gel printing plate in the 3 Assorted Gel Printing Plates pack. I added the Ocean paint only to the edges. Roll out the paint with a brayer.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Press the Leafy Frame into the paint.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

You can get lots of different prints from one application of paint. I used Neenah Solar White paper for the printing. First, I pressed a paper down on the plate without removing the stencil first - the paper to the far left. Secondly, I removed the stencil and pressed another paper on the plate - the print in the middle. Thirdly, I pressed a third paper to the plate - the print to the right. I actually liked the third print the best, but I wanted my card to have more color, so I used the middle one instead.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

For the circle I added a little white in the middle and Ocean around it. I love the look of this yummy circle.


Then I pressed the Bohemian Lace stamp onto the circle and removed it before pressing the gel circle twice on white paper. I forgot to photograph this step, but here you see the first print (to the right), which I didn't use. I also stamped the stamp on paper before cleaning it. You need to clean acrylic paint off from stamps immediately.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamp the wreath on white paper and die cut with the coordinating die. It is easiest to use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform for this.


Color with colored pencils. I used two shades of green on the leaves.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I stamped the main sentiment in the middle of my printed circle. Here you can also see the Bohemian Lace pattern on the circle. I also stamped more words on the background, as well as some leafy branches, all from Wreath Greetings

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The edges were distressed and I layered the print on a piece of cream cardstock. Don't worry if the stamping isn't perfect. I distressed my edges before I decided to stamp, so there are patches missing here and there.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Adhere the wreath with foam dots and tuck three dyed Tim Holtz flowers into the frame.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This is my favorite part of the print, the fine crackle pattern, which I hadn't planned for.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I tied a piece of twine around the card and it was done.

And now to the art journal page.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

The Bohemian Lace stamp is so pretty and I wanted it to take center stage on a project. It would also look wonderful as the base of a circle-shaped card. After having inked the circle, I had a look in my Dina Wakley Media Journal to see which surface it would fit the best upon - there are cotton-rag watercolor, kraft, canvas and burlap pages in the journal. I decided on this burlap page, since I liked the look with all the texture in the background, and also the gesso that had leaked through from a previous project. There was even some stitching there already, which I did on the other side of this page.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

The Bohemian Lace was white embossed it on watercolor paper. It is a large stamp, and as you can see, I used a Sizzix Cutting Pad as my stamping block.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Smear Vintage Photo Distress Ink in a small circle on a non-stick craft sheet and add Fossilized amber around it. Mist with water and press the stamped paper into the ink. I wanted some darker details, so before the ink was dry, I smeared Ground Espresso on the craft sheet and picked it up with a paint brush. I added it to the center and to some of the leaves. I used a plate to trace a circle around the design.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Die cut the Leafy Circle from watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Glue the leaves in a repeating pattern around the circle.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Die cut the pretty Flower Cluster six or seven times and place under the edges of the circle, so that they form a frame.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

I also used the Perfection die from the Love release, and inked the pieces with the same Distress Inks as on the background.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

The patterns in the Bohemian Lace stamp are very pretty and look great in white. The edges of the circle were distressed.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Try to let some of the leaves from the Flower Cluster overlap slightly with the circle.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you some inspiration. Of course there are prizes to be won too! On every stop of the hop a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher will be given away. All you need to do is to leave a comment. The winners will be posted on the SSS Store blog on Wednesday. There is also a second blog hop tomorrow, with more inspiration.


As a special treat, there will be a surprise gift included with the order for anyone who orders something from the Sending Sunshine release. All you need to do is to use the code 'SUNSHINE'. The code will expire Sunday, 5/20 at 11:59 pm ET, so don't wait too long.

Your next stop on the hop is the very creative Gayatri Murali and I am sure she has something fabulous to share with you. If you get lost somewhere along the hop, this is the hop order:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today!

I hope you will have a lovely weekend!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial

Hello friends! During May the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing projects with flowers, which is a perfect theme for this beautiful month. Don't miss all the inspiration from the team. Eileen has many pretty and versatile flower dies.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I made a little canvas board this week, which is going to be a Mother's Day gift (Mother's Day is on 27 May here). It is 4 x5 in big. Sometimes, I really enjoy working on a small scale. I used only one flower from Eileen's Romance Flower die, to make these dimensional flowers and they are really easy to make.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I wasn't sure what to do with the background, but when I spotted Tim Holtz's Aviary Collage Paper one one of my shelves, I thought these birds would be the perfect match. Adhere them to the canvas by adding a layer of Matte Medium below and on top. If you rather want them to be glossy, use gloss multi-medium.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Smear Transparent Texture Paste through the small bubbles stencil in the corners and around the edges of the canvas with a palette knife. Leave to dry.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Paint with watered-down Distress Paint and when dry, dry brush some additional brown paint around the edges.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut the smallest flower on the Romance Flower die from Ranger's Cotton Watercolor paper. You can die cut three flowers in one go, since this is a Bigz die.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also adhered some natural sticky-back canvas to paper and die cut some more flowers.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Scribble with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks. I left the edges white.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Dissolve the pigment with water.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Before the flowers dry completely, scrunch them up.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I arranged the flowers with a canvas one at the bottom. Originally I planned to also use one of the flowers from Heart & Soul Flowers, but I thought it made the flowers too large for the canvas.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Fold four stamen pieces in half and thread through the holes in the flowers.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Ink the flowers slightly with brown ink and glue them to the canvas.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamp sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Mom Flowers set on inky paper.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also colored three Mirrored Hearts with alcohol ink and glued to the canvas board.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The branches of the tree worked great as a home for these little flowers. I also added some dimension to the sentiment, shaped as a banner.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The paste dots add subtle texture and interest to the background.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I made a couple of flowers smaller, by just using a single die cut watercolor paper flower.

Layers of ink - Flowers and Birds Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here you can see how dimensional the flowers are. These little flowers would fit on many different kinds of projects, and you can make them in any color that you want. If you want to make the same flowers but larger, there are three larger shapes of the same flower on the Romance Flower die.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today!!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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