Sunday, September 2, 2018

STAMPtember Blog Party

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am so happy to join the big blog party in celebration of the start of STAMPtember® at Simon Says Stamp. It is the best stamping month of the year, full of inspiration and surprises. During the month there will be exclusive collaborations, contests, prizes, special promotions, announcements, and many more surprises. But most importantly lots of stamping inspiration.



Simon Says Stamp always releases a great new collection at STAMPtember® and this year is no exception. The STAMPtember release is full of wonderful stamps, dies, and stencils. You can see the whole release here. Since this is a party, there are special gifts to be found. Look carefully on the image above, because it has a little surprise, with the code AUTF39, you get the SSS exclusive Fall Leaves die set free with any purchase. There are other gifts sprinkled throughout the party, so don't miss them! 

I made two projects for today, and both are tutorials. These is a Christmas tag, and a vintage-style art journal page. Let's start with the tag.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

The tag that I made is very shimmery and I went with a silver, white and turquoise color combo. The tag is much easier to make than what it might look like, and you could easily turn it into a card instead. Or use the techniques for a non-Christmas project. I loved the designs on the Ornate Ornaments set and decided to use all of them on the tag. 

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

These are the Ornate Ornaments stamps and the coordinating dies. You can also get a combined set of stamps and dies.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

From the STAMPtember release, I also used: Harvest Stencil, Center Cut Holiday Icons Background stamp, and the Big Picture Book Kitty.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Harvest stencil

Start by smearing Texture Paste through the lovely Harvest stencil. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When the paste is dry, paint with white paint or gesso.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I wanted my tag to really shine and painted the whole thing with Pearl Metallic Paint. I discovered that the Ranger paint that I used wasn't in stock at the moment, but this Metallique White Pearl paint by Prima should work the same way.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Dry brush two shades of Distress Paint on the tag. The Distress Paint will look almost metallic because of the metallic paint underneath.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

White emboss the Ornate Ornaments design on watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Ornate Ornaments

Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Watercolor the designs. I have fun watercoloring the various patterns, although I was not aiming for a perfect result. Die cut using the coordinating dies.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

A big background stamp can be used for tiny details. Here I die cut three really small tags and stamped shapes from the Center Cut Holiday Icons stamp on them using SSS Island Blue and High Dive inks.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, tiny tags

The three tags were tied to the dyed lace at the top of the tag.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

The baubles were attached with foam tape, using a double layer for some of them. I also tied silver thread to the baubles.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

I really like the different patterns on each bauble.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

And I was reminded about often doodling this type of star in my notebooks in school. I also used to cover my text books with white paper, so that I could doodle on them.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

This is my favorite bauble of the lot, and you will see it again on my project tomorrow for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

I used some Small Talk stickers as sentiments.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

The tag was also embellished with sequins here and there.

Layers of ink - Textured Ornament Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

The textured background is really cool and also easy to achieve. It would work for many different themes and projects. Let's move on to the second project.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

For my second project, I wanted to make an art journal page using this cute Big Picture Book Kitty die. We have never had a cat since several members of my family are allergic to cats, so all my cat memories are about other people's cats. But then I remembered Miriam, who was a little kitten my grandmother had saved. I wanted her to stay with us, and we even gave it a try, but my dad got so allergic that she had to stay in the basement. I think she was only at our place for one night and then she moved back to my grandmother on the countryside, where she led a very free and adventurous life. We saw her when we visited, and she also had a kitten that my grandmother kept, called 'The Little M' (I came up with that name, always having loved letters). There are photos of The Little M, but I don't think I have seen a photo of Miriam, at least now she has a place in my art journal.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

I worked in my large Dylusions journal and wanted to see if I could line up the Harvest stencil for the background. It worked great. You just have to let the paste dry before continuing.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

And here's the third Harvest stencil area, to complete the background. I liked how the pattern lined up.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

I placed the stencil itself on the right-hand page when misting with Distress Spray Stains. This gave me an instant background to use for another time.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

I splattered some Hickory Smoke Stain on the background.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember products

And then I thought I wanted a stronger shade of color here and there, and used Distress Crayons for that.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Big Picture Book Kitty

The Big Picture Book Kitty was die cut from mixed media cardstock.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Big Picture Book Kitty

Then I inked her with Distress Inks, in kind of the colors I remember Miriam to be.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Big Picture Book Kitty

Assemble her back together again. I also drew eyes, so that she would look more alive. If you would rather want a different animal, there are a bunch of Big Picture Book dies in the STAMPtember release.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

To embellish the page, I used a variety of SSS die cuts, such as the friend word, which was die cut from mixed media paper and inked. The shadow die cut was done from SSS Glimmery Cardstock, which I love.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also die cut the Stacked Heart design from the same glimmery cardstock. Some of the hearts were glued here and there.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

'This story' comes from the Tabbed Sentiments set, and the circle was die cut from book paper with the Circle Loop die.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I found a bunch of sentiments from Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers, which worked well to tell the story.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson title

Her name had to be on the page too.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers

The tab and stamping comes from Tabbed Sentiments and Simple Tabs, and some more Clippings stickers.

Layers of ink - Vintage Kitten Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS STAMPtember Big Picture Book Kitty

Extending a background to the corresponding page, makes for a quick start to a new project.

Don't miss all the inspiration of this STAMPtember blog party, and keep an eye on the Simon Says Stamp Store blog every day this month for lots of inspiration and surprises. Have a fun STAMPtember!!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy stamping!!

Anna-Karin

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30 comments:

  1. Beautiful layers and textures!!!!! I love all the detailed layers - and that gorgeous ornament set! Great kitty mixed media too, the cat really pops against that very detailed background.

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  2. That tag is so beautiful that I'd hate to give it away! Great job!

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  3. Beautiful! Love the nontraditional colors of your Christmas tag.

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  4. Awesome tag! The art journal with the new big picture book die is great as well.

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  5. The tag is gorgeous! Lucky folks on your gift list!

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  6. beautiful tag Anne. love the layers. thanks as always for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful projects! I love the stencil and the technique you used to color it and add texture!

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  8. I always love the look of mixed media projects but never have given them a try. These projects are explained sp well I think I willl finally give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. I really love your art journal page!

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  10. Great cards/tags Anna! I love all of the textures, dimension, and colors. Thanks for the inspiration!­čî╗

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  11. Anna-Karin, both of your projects are fantastic however, I am loving the tag. WOW! So sweet!
    Thanks for such an awesome tutorial on the process for both projects. I can always count on you to teach me a thing or two!

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  12. I love these!!!! I haven't commented on anyone else's blog , but I couldn't pass by this without letting you know how wonderful these are.

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  13. Both of your projects are just stunning! I love your use of layers and color and textures! Beautifully done!

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  14. Both are gorgeous projects, but I really do love that tag! Great colors and texture!!!

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  15. Wonderful techniques on a variety from ornaments, paste with die, etc.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  16. Really nice and interesting projects. Thank you.

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  17. Lovely tags. I especially like the ornaments. :)

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  18. Beautiful layers and textures!!!!! I love all the detailed layers - and that gorgeous ornament set! Love the greens and blues together.

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  19. Love the look of the great tag! It is really beautiful.

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  20. I love both projects, the tags and the cat. Lots and work and well worth the effort.

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  21. The rosy tones in the meow page are beautiful and The bauble Christmas tag gives a great funky Christmas look.

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  22. Beautiful warm rosy tones on the journal page and punchy funky blues look great for Christmas. Two wonderful projects

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  23. Wowsers!!! Great pairing of so many of the new SSS products!! Gorgeously done too!!! Am in love with the kitty the bestest but they are so wonderful each of them!!!

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  24. Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing how you created these beauties because I would never have been able to figure it out. Love your color choices -- just gorgeous!

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  25. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I mostly make cards, but all of your creations have inspired me to try some other things. Thanks.

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  27. I was really enjoying your ornaments tag and thought you were done but then -- the fabulous cat story. What a fabulous image and tale and memory. So original, so terrific!

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  28. love the lovely layers on the kitty card

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