Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer Distress Suitcase

Happy Monday and time for Simon Says Stamp and Show inspiration! This week the challenge is to be inspired by the new seasonal Summer Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry. Gorgeous happy DT projects on the blog, so don’t miss checking them out. I love the colours of the summer distress ink and used them in several different ways on this project:

I used the great Sizzix Eileen Hull ScoreBoards Suitcase die for this project. This is such a fun die and you can put a lot of different things into the suitcase. I did a tutorial using this die a while back, but placing a mini-book inside the suitcase instead, you can find it here if you are interested. In the tutorial I also show how to assemble the suitcase.

A piece of Little Sizzles mat board (Simon Says Stamp will have this in stock soon), was covered with kraft resist map paper using multi-medium. When dry, the suitcase was cut from this, making sure to get the part of the paper that I liked the best on the front of the suitcase. The handle was cut from mat board that had been covered with Core’dinations cardstock. The Suitcase die works perfectly in the BigShot. I was asked if it is a Pro die, but it is not. It is an XL die, so you need extended cutting plates, but you can use your BigShot to cut it.

The outside of the suitcase was inked with Salty Ocean and misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist for some shine. The mini vintage globe was cut once from grungeboard and once from watercolour paper. The grungeboard was painted with cream paint, sanded and inked. I only used the globe part of the watercolour die-cut, smeared some Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean on my craft sheet, misted with water and painted on the globe using a paint brush.

The banner was cut from watercolour paper and painted with Picked Raspberry and water. The sentiment was stamped on top with Archival Jet Black Ink. The plane was stamped with Archival Ink Coffee and I also added a little wood veneer bike and a boat. The boat was inked with Salty Ocean. A luggage tag was cut from mat board with the Tiny Tabs & Tags die, inked a bit and stamped.

I decided to build a little scene inside the suitcase. The inside was inked with Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn. Mat board inks beautifully, I love it. It was stamped with an Artistic Outpost tree and a music stamp and then misted generously with Biscotti Perfect Pearls. I inked the part of the suitcase that opens too, and stamped with a sentiment, a bike and the same music stamp.

Here's the finished inside of the suitcase. The Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe house and the girl from Lovely Day were stamped with Coffee ink on watercolour paper, and watercoloured with all three summer distress inks, adding a bit of Scattered Straw for the flowers. The house and girl were adhered with foam dots, layering several dots on top of each other for the girl, to create dimension. I like the contrast between the more grungy outside and the bright and happy inside of the suitcase.

I love the main sentiment of this project, from the Lovely Day set. I stamped it on acetate, leaving extra space underneath. Then I folded the acetate at the bottom to create a flap that could be used to attach the sentiment in front of the rest of the scene. There is about 1.5 centimeters between the sentiment and the girl.

Three strips of Terminology tissue paper were inked with Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw and die-cut with the Tattered Floral Garland die. I layered a whole bunch of small flower together, scrunched them up and added a brad in the centre.

Assemble the suitcase with strong tape and brads. The top flap keeps it close.

The back of the suitcase.

I hope you will play along with us this week, as always Simon Says Stamps supplies a $50 gift voucher to one random participant, so you can do some shopping!

Thank you so much for looking! Have a great week!


Dies: Sizzix Scoreboards Suitcase, Vintage Fan & Globe Movers and Shapers, Tattered Floral Garland, Tiny Tabs & Tags, Tattered Banners
Stamps: Artistic Outpost: Lovely Day, Ephemera Backgrounds, HomeKudzu Kafe, TypographyWindows and Doors; Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Warehouse District; Hero Arts Basic Lowercase Letters
Inks and paint: Distress Inks: Summer Seasonal, Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap; Ranger Archival Coffee, Jet Black; Adirondack paint dabber Sandal; Stazon Jet Black
Paper etc: Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board 6x13; Tim Holtz idea-ology kraft resist, Idea-ology Terminology tissue wrap, Idea-ology grungeboard
Other: Studio Calico Transporation Wood Veneer Shapes, Wood Veneer Birds; Perfect Pearls Biscotti; Hemptique Thick Natural Hemp Cord


  1. this is really fun ! great creation !!! love the inside of it too ! top !
    greetings, martina

  2. Anna-Karin...this little suitcase is adorable. You've done such a lovely job...both inside and out. I really like your attention to detail and the way you finish off all of your edges, etc. Beautifully done. <3 Candy

  3. Hi Anna-Karin, I love your little suitcase. Does this go through the Big Shot machine? If it does I need this die . You have decorated it beautifully. I love your use of the Artistic Outpost images and the globe is fabulous, something else on my wish list. Beautiful colours and selection of images. Tracy x

  4. Amazing! I love all of the little added details and hidden gems. Beautiful project.

  5. Anna-Karin- you have done amazing things with the suitcase again! Love the idea of using it as a little shadowbox- the way you layer and blend your inks is just beautiful. Thanks for making that suitcase such a must-have!

  6. How fabulous, Anna-Karin, inside and out! Love what you've done with this die.

  7. Wow Anna-Karin! Love this cool suitcase! I didn't expect that you also did the inside! Very beautiful! I wish I had the bigz pro now!

  8. Love it! What a great project. The suitcase is just cool, and the way you have altered it with the inks and sayings and all, just awesome. Thanks for all of your inspiration over at SSS!

  9. Beautiful! Love the suitcase and then you open it up and all the wonderful images, flowers and sentiments! Fabulous!

  10. A beautiful bag, I love all the details. Greetings.

  11. How delicious! Gorgeous little suitcase, and the scene and sentiment inside are just lovely!
    Alison x

  12. this is such a totally cool project!

  13. Your creativity is over the moon AMAZING!!! What a fabulous project!

  14. Fantastic briefcase, Anna-Karin! I adore all the details you put into it, even covering the inside with color & splendor :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. I love your suitcase, you've decorated it very nicely, inside and out!

  16. This is fabulous and I loved the inside too. Great tutorial. I pinned!

  17. Very pretty suitcase Anna. I love how you decorated the inside of it with the little scene. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Gorgeous! The inside is so pretty! xxx


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