Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Hi friends! We have another sunny day here and although we enjoy the warm weather, it needs to rain. The Darkroom Door Inspiration Team is teaming up with the Karen Burniston team for a fun blog hop. I am happy to take part in this fun hop! You should have arrived here from the very creative Shelly Hickox.


Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2014. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I made a fun garden birds accordion birthday card and really enjoyed combining Darkroom Door stamps with two great die sets from Karen Burniston. I used the Darkroom Door Garden Birds, Grevilleas and Birthday Sentiment sets, together with Karen Burniston's Charm Accordion and Tree Pop-up. The card is much easier to make than what it might look like. Let's start.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Karen Burniston die sets

These are the two die sets that I used: the Charm Accordion and the Tree Pop-up, both have lots of fabulous little details. 

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Start by die cutting two Charm Accordion panel pieces, as well as the coordinating pieces that you see here - squares, charm frames and joints. I used watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Apply a tiny bit of Distress Micro Glaze around the edges in particular, as well as here and there for clouds. If you don't want the resist effect, you can skip this step.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Smear Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet. I lined them up, starting with the lighter Crushed Olive and below it Mowed Lawn. The blues were lined up with Tumbled Glass first (above the Crushed Olive), then Mermaid Lagoon and last Blueprint Sketch. This creates the look of a summer nature scene. Mist with water and press the paper into the ink. Repeat for the other pieces. Color the front of one of the panels too, for the front of the card.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I have a thing for trees and this one, from the Tree Pop-up set is stunning. There are also leaves and flowers that you can use to turn the tree into a tree for any season. I was going to use only the branches.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and press the paper into the ink. When the ink was dry, I used a Distress Crayon to add texture.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The Garden Birds set is designed by Godelieve Tijskens and the birds are adorable. They come in two sizes and I used the small ones. There are also three larger birds in the set. Stamp all the small birds on watercolor paper with a waterproof ink.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used a bird book and colored the birds like real garden birds, using Distress Inks. Press the inks on a craft sheet to create a palette, mist with water at the edge of each ink color and then pick up with a paint brush. Misting with water at the edge only, makes it easier to vary the amount of water, so that you can get stronger and weaker shades of each color.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When dry, use one of the Grevilleas stamps as grass. Mist the stamp with water after inking, for a watercolor look.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut charms and paint them with Distress Inks. I also used a star, but forgot to include it here. Aren't the shapes cute?

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Color the frames with Spiced Marmalade and color two pieces of watercolor paper orange and yellow, using the same technique as above.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut tiny flowers from the colored papers using the sweet flower die from the Tree Pop-up set. I love tiny flowers and these are so cute. Shape them a little with the Tonic Craft Tool set.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Condition the paper a little by folding along the score lines and then opening and closing each part of the card. Adhere the three charm frames as you see above.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Use three or four joints at the back of the paper to adhere the two accordion panels together.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's a look on the charm frames from the back to give you an idea of what the assembly looks like.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

You can die cut paper jump rings with the Charm Accordion set, but I used real ones instead.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Darkroom Door Garden Birds stamps

I layered a square panel on each larger panel and glued a branch and a bird on top. This is a Blue Tit.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The Birthday Sentiment is full of great birthday sentiments. Stamp some of them and cut into strips.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When you fold the card up, it creates a very cute little card which can easily be sent by the mail. The first bird then flips to the front as seen here. I added a sentiment and another bird to the front too.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's a better look at the Distress Micro Glaze resist effect.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

You could also hang something else in the little frames, but the charms are really cute.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The next bird in the happy little crowd. It's a Great Tit.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The Garden Birds are really cute and I love the fine lines in the stamps. It's a European Robin.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This is meant to be a European Goldfinch.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The Grevilleas set is wonderful, and some of the stamps work great as grass.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Glue the little flowers here and there using Distress Matte Medium.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Glue a couple of birds in the grass too. You can never have too many birds on a card. :)

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's a peek at the star charm, which hangs in the middle, where the two panels join.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's a look at the card from above. I love interactive cards like these, which can also be displayed by the recipient.

Layers of ink - Charm Accordion Bird Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Your next stop on the hop is Mary Prasad who has more fun inspiration to share with you.

Hop list

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

Thank you so much for stopping by here today! Don't miss all the inspiration along the hop!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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82 comments:

  1. Your card is so beautiful! Helen xx

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  3. Love, love the bird card, so intricate and so much effort has gone into making this one.

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  4. These birds are so adorable with your very colorful card.

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  5. Love this project. The picture os the project are awesome. Beautiful work :)

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  6. Lovely card and I just love the garden birds!

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  7. love everything about this just fantastic

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  8. I love birds on cards. Great job!

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  9. Those birds are adorable. Such a lovely card.

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  10. Love the bright, cheerful Watercolor feel! Reminds me of my favorite child's storybook - just lovely!

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  11. Beautiful! Don't know where to start--I love everything about this fun card!

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  12. You are a master at the glaze resist with watercolor. I continue to marvel at it, and am working on getting my sky to look like yours :-) This card is wonderful, I love how you used real birds as models. I am always inspired by your work.

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  13. Stunning..thank you for your detailed pictures!!

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  14. Your attention to detail is really stunning!

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  15. Well, this birdie addict is in heaven! L*O*V*E this beauty.

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  16. BEAUTIFUL card and very well shown as to how it was created. Thank you.

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  17. pretty earthy colors and birds. Neat way the die shows them all off.

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  18. Wow, love your bird scene card! Thanks for all the instructions. I have this one and now more ideas.

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  19. Love the way this card opens and the pretty color combo you used! The birds are adorable!

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  20. Wow, I LOVE how your card turned out Anna-Karin! Great to see the birds here :) Lovely combination with the tree branches and the little flowers.
    Great idea to use the Grevilleas stamps as grass too. Must remember that.

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  21. What a beautiful watercolor effect! A great design that screams woodsy and nature! Love! Hugs, Autumn

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  22. What a stunning creation! So much more than a card, it’s a work of art!

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  23. I love the bright vibrant colours and the bird stamps are perfect with the watercolour look of this piece, so uplifting and fresh.

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  24. Your bird accordion card is fabulous! I love the beautiful coloring and that fancy die fold.

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  25. A watercolor masterpiece, I just love the birds! I really like how you achieved your branches? Karen Burniston's dies are so versatile that any theme is possible! Just awesome!

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  26. I don't even know where to begin - this card is simply amazing. I love it, the techniques you used and your tutorial. WOW!!!

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  27. SO beautiful! Love this card - the dies and the birds are just beautiful together.

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  28. Wow this card is amazing! Love the birds and how you watercolored them.... they look so artsy. These definitely would be fun dies to own.. same with the darling stamp set.

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  29. Absolutely stunning! Such a vibrant card! <3

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  30. The birds are just stunning, you have done a great job with the colouring. They look just right on the charm accordian card

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  31. Wow, what a beautiful accordeon card, lovely background and those birds are so cute ! Enny

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  32. What a fabulous project Anna Karin. So many beautiful details such as the charms on the metal jump rings, the grass, the small flowers.... Love how you colored the birds as well!
    Think I 'need' this charm accordion die set :)

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  33. Anna-Karin, your card is fabulous! I love the way you have added the color to the base and the stamped images look so fabulous incorporated into the pop up folding card, The bird on the tree is so lovely! Such a special card.

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  34. LOVE your work. This is gorgeous. Thanks for all of the photos!

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  35. WOW, what an amazing card. Thanks for the detailed close up photos. Love it all, the stamps, the colours and the amazing die to create the card.

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  36. Love this card. So much attention to detail. Anyone who receives this card knows the love that was put into it.

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  37. I love the water color effect of the birds, flowers and butterflies. It reminds us that nature is not perfect, just beautiful.

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  38. Oh Anna - such lovely lovely work! - thanks for showing us your steps and supplies too - you do such stunning art work! Have a blessed day!

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  39. I love how detailed you made this tutorial. And I definitely need to get this tree die now!

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  40. I just love how you colored the birds.Thank you for a great tutorial.

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  41. Wonderful cheery card and so very "painterly". Love it.

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  42. bet this took some time to complete!!!

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  43. Beautiful and creative! Loving the water coloring!
    Sandra Smith

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  44. As the care giver of eight birds I absolutely love this card!
    Great job, thanks for sharing!

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  45. Beautiful coloring and a great card!

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  46. always enjoy visiting .... great card!

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  47. Love the way you combined all these elements into one card, and then tied it all together with some fun watercolor!

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  48. This accordian fold card is so beautiful and it looks just like a meadow full of birds in springtime!

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  49. Oh les oiseaux, mes préférés, et une carte aquarelle superbe avec des couleurs si vibrantes ! tout ce que j'aime ! merci pour l'inspiration !

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  50. you've used so many of my favourite things, and your step-by-step is excellent. I think the charm accordion die is going on my wish list.

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  51. love everything about your card...I'm hoping to add that die cut to my collection soon

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  52. Beautiful details and colors - truly a work of art!
    Carol b

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  53. So much pretty detail going on this card & the way all the panels can move instead of just a flat card. The 've really being missing out from both the wicked dies & fab detailed fun stamps.x

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  54. Such simple ideas with beautiful results. I especially love, as ever, your color combinations and in this case choice of stand-up card dies! Thanks for the inspiration and the walk-through.

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  55. Nice nice nice and beautiful!!!
    Thanks for sharing and good luck to all!

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  56. All I can say is awesome! love the card!!

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  57. great painting. it's such a fun technique!

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  58. Thank you for the step by step! Great card and great colors!

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  59. Amazing card and
    great pictures.
    Love all that
    color and the
    birds.
    Carla from Utah

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  60. Anna-Karin, this is by far my favorite from the hop! I adore your style, and you have taken these stamps and made ART!

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  61. Your coloring is beautiful...inspires me to keep working with my distress inks....

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  62. Wow! Beautiful! I love your detail! Very inspiring. I would be honored to receive a card from you!

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  63. Anna-Karin, this is gorgeous! I love your coloring techniques and the colors you used! Those birds are just adorable!

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  64. Love the individual treatment of the birds. Just beautiful. Must look into accordion cards.

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  65. What a wonderful project, Anna Karin!!! With so many lovely details, using fresh colors, and your fabulous watercoloring techniques once again, which make the difference.
    So much love in your art, pages and cards, thank you for the full step-by-step as usual.
    and oh, I love these dies and little birds!! :)

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  66. Your watercolor card has so many special touches. I especially liked the tiny flowers.

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  67. Amazing. I love how the colours turned out. Very bright and colourful. Great technique on how you made the background card.

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  68. Fabulous! Love the watercolor look of this card. Got a chuckle out of your it needs to rain comment. We've had a stretch of "hot" weather in the land were few people have air conditioners and would welcome a day of rain too.

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  69. Wow, gorgeous card! Absolutely amazing. I love your loose style of coloring. This one is meant to be displayed!

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  70. Fabulous interactive card--love the birds.

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  71. Love you card and your detailed explanations. I will try and do one like yours . Thank you

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  72. amazing card! great colors and fantastic design and execution! wow!

    Alicia

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  73. Thank you the great step by step tutorial, it’s always great to see how things come together

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