Monday, September 24, 2018

Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial

Hello friends! I hope your weekend was a nice one. We did our usual things this weekend: playgrounds, autumn walks, soccer and playing with friends. 


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we have a Monochrome challenge. I love to to a monochrome project now and then. It is really fun to see how many shades of one color that you can achieve. Don't miss the very inventive project by our September guest designer Terelisa Agosti.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, orange monochrome fall wall-hanger

Orange is one of those colors that not everybody likes, but I always liked orange and thought it had an unfair bad reputation. So, for this week, I decided to go with an all orange project and I was happy with how it turned out. I was also excited to try the Ranger Alcohol Lift-Ink for the first time and loved the background effect. I've done alcohol ink lifting before, but with Jet Black Archival Ink, and I thought the Alcohol Lift-Ink was very easy to work with in comparison. It also allows for additional techniques, since the lifted ink remains on the stamp. 

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Ranger alcohol inks

Working on Yupo, apply Butterscotch and Valencia alcohol ink, with a felt applicator. Add layers until you are happy with the look. I also dripped a few drops of alcohol ink blending solution on the background. Pounce the felt applicator here and there, to create the smaller dots that you see.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, using Ranger Alcohol Lift-Ink on Yupo paper

Ink a stamp with Alcohol Lift-Ink and stamp on the surface. Dab off the ink from the surface, to prevent smearing it, and then wipe with a paper towel. Make sure that you use a clean part of the paper towel the whole time. The amount of detail you get is amazing. I used leaf stamps and sentiments from the lovely Nature's Wonder set.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stamping with Ranger's Alcohol Ink-Lift on gloss cardstock

Keep a piece of paper next to you, and each time you lift up an image, stamp it on the second paper. I used glossy cardstock. Look at these very detailed alcohol ink stamped leaves. We couldn't stamp with alcohol inks before, so this is a really cool technique. And the impressions are permanent, so you can use other techniques on top. I am looking forward to using this piece on a project.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, Distress Stain Spray background

Mist a piece of watercolor paper with Distress Spray Stains and finish with a layer of Buttercup Mica Spray.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Skeleton Leaves thinlits

When dry, die cut Skeleton Leaves from the piece. I love the wonderful details on these leaves. It is a good idea to use the Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate to get a perfect cut.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, using Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Pinecone to make a rose.

For my roses, I used an old favorite, namely Tim's Tattered Pinecone die, and die cut two roses from orange classic kraft paper.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, Tattered Pinecone DIY paper roses

Sand the edges and roll into roses. I also added some Rock Candy Glitter by first applying Glossy Accents here and there.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

For the base of my wall-hanger, I used mat board and covered the edges with orange Deco Tape.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Nature's Wonder stamps

The detailed ghost images of leaves and words in the background are really cool.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The skeleton leaves are very shiny because of the mica spray, a look that works well with autumn projects. I inked the Small Talk stickers with Spiced Marmalade.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, inking gum drop hearts

The Gumdrop Hearts were colored with orange alcohol ink, so that everything would be orange.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, beauty in simplicity wall-hanger

Behind the roses there is a piece of lace which was dyed orange, orange twine and a Mini Provincial border die cut from Sizzix foil and also colored with alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Alcohol Ink Lift Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, dimensional DIY paper roses

Here'a look at the dimension of the roses.


The STAMPtember® celebrations are continuing at Simon Says Stamp, with surprises and happenings almost every day. You can see the whole wonderful STAMPtember® release here

I hope you will join us this week in our Monochrome 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. 




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

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Gift Card Holder Card Tutorial

Hello friends! During my walks, I like to observe, photograph and sometimes also sketch changes in nature, and today I saw that one of my favorite sets of autumn trees had turned color. The three particular trees are always among the first trees to get their autumn shades. Today, I am happy to share another tutorial on the Sizzix blog

Layers of ink - Autumn Card with Gift Card Pocket tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz.

I made an autumn card featuring a pocket, which is perfect for a gift card, or a small note or photo. There are also Funky Floral autumn foliage, and a rosette. If you want to make it even more special, put a magnet on the back of the rosette, so that it can be used as an ornament. All the dies that I used are by Tim Holtz. For more rosette inspiration, check out my Rosette Wall-hanger, where I also used some left-overs from this card.

You can find all the steps for this easy card on the Sizzix blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Monday, September 17, 2018

Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial

Hi friends! We are having a rainy autumn day here, and I hope everyone who has been in the path of the big storms in different parts of the world are safe. We had a calm and quiet weekend, which included two long walks - Leo loves to walk in tunnels and hear the echo, and in one of the walks, I managed to find four different little tunnels to walk through. We also went to a garden market at a local coffee shop/art gallery.


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we have an It's a Wrap challenge - you can make your own gift wrap, gift bag or box, or make a tag etc. Lots of options. Don't miss the project by our September guest designer Terelisa Agosti.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson made with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies

Instead of making a gift package or wrapping, I decided to recycle packaging material and make a tag. The tag might later become a part of a gift, but at first, it will be a part of my autumn decorations at home. I like the mix of textures and surfaces. I used mainly products by Tim Holtz here.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, embossing acetate with Sizzix 3D cobbelstones embossing folder

For the background, I used a piece of Sizzix die packaging, which is very sturdy. It was embossed in the cool 3D Cobblestone folder. You can also use Clearly For Art Modeling Film.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, coloring acetate with alcohol ink.

Working on the back of the tag, add layers of alcohol inks until you are happy with the result. I finished it with a tiny bit of Gold Mixative here and there, for a metallic look.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, using Tim Holtz Design Tape.

A second piece of packaging comes from one of Tim Holtz's Christmas idea-ology packages. I forgot to take a photo of the unaltered piece. But I kept the white edges, and added some gesso to the center and then covered it with design tape.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Dab white Distress Paint to the piece and mist with water.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, altered packaging

When dry, add a little Fossilized Amber.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Ranger mica spray¨

And give the piece shine with Buttercup Mica Spray.
 Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Fall Foliage

Leaves were die cut from watercolor paper using the Fall Foliage set. Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and press the shapes into the ink. Repeat with more colors until you are happy.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Distress Rock Candy

Smear a little Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint on the leaves and branches, not covering them completely.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When the crackle paint is dry, rub darker shades of Distress Crayons into the cracks, to make them more visible. I really like the shape of these tall grain pieces.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Tim Holtz Sizzix Funky Foliage

Using the brand new Funky Foliage set, die cut two mushrooms from watercolor paper and colored the pieces as before with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, die cut mushrooms with Funky Foliage

Glue the shapes together and layer them on top of the leaves and branches. Aren't they cute? They were adhered with foam tape.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The title was die cut from black kraft core cardstock using the Calendar Words Script set.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with gumdrop hearts

The background panel was stapled to the plastic tag. I also colored a gumdrop heart with alcohol ink and used a Clippings Sticker.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, lace dyed with ink

The lace trim was dyed with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The embossed plastic with all the alcohol ink coloring is really yummy and is easy and quick to do. I almost didn't want to cover any of it up.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to recycle some packaging. Packaging is often quite sturdy and can be a great surface to alter.


The STAMPtember® celebrations are continuing at Simon Says Stamp, with surprises and happenings almost every day. You can see the whole wonderful STAMPtember® release here

I hope you will join us this week in our It's a Wrap 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 stamping!

Anna-Karin

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wrapped Leather Journal

Hi friends! During September, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing Fall-o-Ween projects. It's such a beautiful time of the year. Don't miss all the inspiration posted by the team this month.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I have been wanting to make a wrapped journal for myself, after having given away all the wrapped journals that I have made so far. When we visited an historical theme market recently, I came across a pile of scrap leather. After having looked through the entire pile to find a piece that was the right size for a wrapped journal, I found this pretty yellow/beige piece.This is a quick and easy project and if you can also use faux leather, or mat board covered with patterned paper or cardstock. The finished journal measures 4.7 x 5.1 in folded.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I started by test cutting just a tiny piece of leather, to make sure that the scorelines of the Wrapped Journal die wouldn't cut through the leather. I only had enough leather for one cover and I didn't want to mess it up. I die cut it with the outside up, so that the scorelines are actually on the inside. If you use mat board, die cut it the other way around.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I used Eileen's Heart & Soul Flower and Spring Leaves Bigz dies to die cut flowers and leaves from various tiny pieces of leather which I have had in my stash for years. When typing up this post, I saw that the flower die that I used is retired, but Eileen has many flower dies that you can use instead.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I also die cut a title using the Journaling Words set from thick felt.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The signatures are very easy to do. I want this to be a sketch/notebook, so I used one of my favorite sketch papers. Mine are about 7.7 x 4.7 in (19.5 x 12 cm) and fold in half. Arrange in four signatures of about 6 papers each. Stitch down the center. You can also leave the papers lose or use staples.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I couldn't quite decide what do do on the inside. I wanted the covers to be flexible, but I think using only the leather, would have made it too soft, especially at the spine. Instead I used the Wrapped Journal die to die cut an inner cover from Sizzix Paper Leather, which is very flexible, but still strong. The paper leather isn't big enough for the journal, so you'll have do die cut two pieces. You could also use cardstock. 

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I stitched the paper leather to the cover and got a border at the same time. My sewing isn't perfect, but that isn't what I was aiming for. I should have adhered the paper leather better to the inside before sewing, because I had to trim off some of the edges since it shifted a little.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

You can bind the journal in different ways - check the die packaging for ideas. I used a piece of black elastic string and did a simple bind.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with glass beads

Two glass beads were tied to the end of the strings.
 Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, signatures and binding

Simply slip the signatures under the elastic bands. I like that I can take signatures out and also replace them when they are full. It makes the journal last a lot longer too.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with leather leaves and flowers

Layer the leather leaves and flower on the cover and place a small felt circle in the center. 

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Glue the felt word to the cover.

 Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

To tie my journal, I made a super simple little belt, using a left over piece of leather, left on the one side when die cutting the journal. I found a buckle in my stash, made three holes and set eyelets in them. You can do a neater belt if you want to. I didn't even make sure it was the same width all the way.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The wrapped journal can be wrapped in two ways. Here I folded in the right hand flap first. You can do it the other way around too.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Then just add the simple belt, or tie with a piece of ribbon or string.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The wrapped journal has a very nice and chunky feel to it and I am happy with how my leather journal turned out. It would make a great gift too, but I am keeping this one for myself, since I have given away my previous wrapped journals. If you want more wrapped journal inspiration and tutorials, you can check them out: Wrapped Journal and Blue Textured Wrapped Journal.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Here's a look on the inside. You can also add pockets to the inside covers, if you want to.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I didn't add any details to the back, but you can of course decorate it too.

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

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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