Monday, May 20, 2013

Time Accordion Card

Which is your favourite ink pad? Which inkpad do you reach for the most? This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show the challenge is to use your favourite ink pad.

This is almost an impossible choice for me, I have many favourite ink pads, but of all of them, Ranger Archival Jet Black ink is the most versatile and the ink I use the most. It makes its appearance of almost every project of mine.  I love that it is waterproof and can be stamped on many different surfaces.

I made a double-high accordion card using Karen Burniston's Sizzix Accordion Flip 3-D album die. You can see how to make the album double-high here. This height was perfect for the new Tim Holtz Time Traveler stamps, by Brett Weldele. Fabulous images and lots of fun to colour.
I love making accordion cards and little books (here's another double-high one and here's a tutorial for an ordinary sized one). They are so much fun to make and to receive and there is plenty of space for embellishments.

I stamped the two gentlemen on watercolour paper with Archival Jet Black ink. Here's my well-used ink pad, I actually had to re-ink it again just yesterday. This ink pad is never far from my reach on my desk. It doesn't even have a storage place, because I always leave it straight in front of me.

I also decided to use three of my favourite Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, and Salty Ocean, for all the colour on the card. I couldn't craft without Antique Linen, it is my most used Distress Ink. Love the blue of Salty Ocean and the brown of Gathered Twigs. They look great together too.

After letting the Jet Black ink dry for a while, I watercoloured the gentlemen with the tree Distress Inks. This is one of my favourite ways of using both the Archival Ink and distress ink. If you are planning to watercolour, you need to stamp with a waterproof ink, otherwise it will smear. I just smeared the three distress inks on my craft sheet, gave them each one mist of water and coloured the images with a paint brush. Depending on how much water you use, you can get many shades of colour from just one ink pad. I always make sure to mist at the edge of a colour on my craft sheet, so that I have some concentrated ink to work with too.
This is the front of the card when it is closed. I stamped the edges with a stamp from Tim Holtz School Desk set, again with the Jet Black ink.
The letters were die cut from black kraft-core cardstock, sanded and inked. The panels were die cut from natural sticky-back canvas and coloured by smearing Salty Ocean and Gathered Twigs on my craft sheet, misting the canvas heavily with water (you can even go and run it under a tap) and then dipping it into the ink. When dry, I used a background stamp to add texture, stamping with Gathered Twigs.

The light bulb was distressed with Antique Linen Distress Paint.

The clock was stamped on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper with Archival Jet Black. I love the detail you get with this ink on Specialty Stamping and on glossy cardstock. I just couldn't help to add some gears and game spinners too.

The second panel of the card, also photographed with the card closed, to better capture the details. This gentleman was coloured the same way. After cutting them out, I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs. I stamped a sentiment from Elements of Time on the canvas panel, with Archival Jet Black.

The edges of the canvas panels were frayed a bit and inked with Gathered Twigs.

The ticket was die cut from Specialty Stamping Paper, stamped with the coordinating ticket stamp and inked with Gathered Twigs. Isn't it a great brown? I also used some chit chat stickers.
Here's a view from the top so that you can see the mechanism of the card.
I hope you will join us this week and show us a project with your favourite ink pad. As every week, our wonderful sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant. 

Thank you for the visit! I hope you will have a great week!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Time Travelers, School Desk, Warehouse District, Stuff to Say, Going Somewhere, Elements of Time, Ultimate Grunge
Dies: Sizzix: Accordion Flip 3-D Album, Bracket Frame & Label, Mini Filmstrip & Tickets, Wanted Sizzlits
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Salty Ocean
Paint: Distress Paint Antique Linen
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost & Found paper stashClaudine Hellmuth Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock; Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper; watercolour paper
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Long Fasteners, Light Bulbs, Chit Chat stickers


  1. What a fun challenge. I am interested to see what everyone's favorite ink is, and am not even sure about my own. I'll need to figure out something!

  2. What a gorgeous accordian folded card! Love those stamps! Love the color combo of the distress colors you've used! Hugs, Sandra

  3. Love this, A-K! The coloring of the stamps is perfection!

  4. always, this card is so beautifully done. I love the Salty Ocean and Gathered Twigs together. Such a lovely combination of color and you have certainly utilized it to the max! I love your accordion card. You are the queen of this card and creating something totally wonderful out of it. I love the sticky back canvas as a background on the insets. That is such a great idea! I love all of your layering of papers, too. Little details like that make such a huge difference. Your work is just amazing! <3 Candy

  5. This is so beautiful! Your attention to detail is amazing and to be admired. Love the colors and your technique of coloring and inking.I am so inspired by by your talent!

  6. Fabulous card in my favourite colour combination... love it!
    Alison xx

  7. Cool! I love that die cut, and it worked beautifully with your artsy design. Blessings!

  8. I love your ocean, twigs and linen combo as well as the layout and type of card! What a great job!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

  9. Love your card. Colors work so well together, and the time travelers are fast becoming a favorite set!

  10. Love your card Anna-Karin, wonderful movement and dimension. Love the colour palette and the image is fabulous. Beautifully embellished too. Tracy x

  11. Anna-Karin...This card is WONDERFUL!!! The color scheme, the images, the design...all fabulous! I love it!

  12. Simply Fabulous! I love how you used the Travelers and the touch of fabric/canvas adds such a wonderful texture. Love this and all the ink pads you highlighted are tops of my list too!

  13. Amazing card! I love the layers and the fun accents. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration! :)

  14. Just lovely blending and coloring, Anna-Karin! This is fantastic!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. such gorgeous attention to detail!!!

  16. A stunning card! LOVE the colours and the images used sooo much!

    die amelie x

  17. Thank you so much for your posts. I absolutely love your pieces of artwork. Your cards and scrapbook pages are so inspiring and it's great that you include instructions and list of items with each of your projects.

    You are simply amazing!


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