Monday, October 8, 2018

Embossed Cityscape Tutorial

Hi crafters! We have had a beautiful autumn weekend here, with perfect photo weather. I like to observe how my favorite trees change colors from week to week. Many of the Birch trees seem to be a little less spectacular this year, probably because they suffered the most during the warm and very dry summer.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Cityscape theme. Don't miss the project by our wonderful October guest designer Tenia Nelson, aka Jazzy Paper Designs.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Metropolis.

My tag started out as a Christmas tag, but wanted to become something else. I both like and dislike big cities at the same time. They are vibrant, energetic, busy and fun to visit, with an emphasis on visit, because living in the city center is not for me. I value having nature around me too much. Cityscapes at night are a pretty cool sight though, and that's the theme of my tag. 

I had fun heat embossing the Tim Holtz Metropolis buildings.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, die cut buildings with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Metropolis set.

Die cut Metropolis buildings from Heavystock paper. I didn't die cut any of the small details that you can use to dress up the buildings, since I was planning to heat emboss the entire buildings.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, paint the buildings.

Paint the buildings black and brown, to give them a darker base.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, emboss the buildings with Ranger embossing powders.

I used three embossing powders by Ranger: Gunmetal, Aqua Tinsel and Mixed Media Sea. All three are awesome and give a different effect. Gunmetal gives a cool metallic shine. Aqua Tinsel is a distressed glittery powder. And the new Mixed Media powers are so cool, with larger pieces mixed in with the powder. I used the Emboss-It Dabber to apply embossing ink to the houses and left a few small areas without ink. Heat emboss with a heat tool, being careful not to burn yourself.
 Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, Speckles stencil and paste on tag.

For the background, I applied embossing paste through the Speckles stencil. When dry, I covered it with gesso.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, paint the tag with Distress Paint.

I forgot to take a photo of the painting step - the tag was painted with Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, and Hickory Smoke. When the paint was dry, I dry-brushed white and silver paint on the tag, to increase the texture and make the sky look like a snowy/starry sky.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The tag was tied with a piece of travel-themed Chatter Design Tape folded up on itself.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, night time cityscape background.

The textured background is pretty cool and I like the effect of the speckles. I also added some Brutus Monroe Acrylic Bubbles.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, heat embossed cityscape.

I used Quotations Metallic Stickers as my sentiments and glued the buildings down to create a cityscape. The combinations of different embossing powders makes for a cool effect. It is a little hard to see the difference between the tinsel and the mixed media powder here. In real life, the difference is much more visible.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

As a border, I used a piece of vellum which was embossed in the Dot Matrix folder (which is my all time favourite embossing folder), a Mini Provincial Impresslits die cut, and a piece of Industrious border sticker. I also used Industrious Deco Type Stickers for the title.

I hope you will join us this week in our Cityscape 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 crafting!



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  1. oh WOW!! what a fabulous tag Anna-Karin!! the colours of the embossed houses are gorgeous and I love the background, absolutely stunning!! :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. What a wicked cool tag! I love the many layers! Thanks for the how too as well! yay

  3. I'n not really into cityscapes, Anna-Karin but this is fabulous! Love the sky (and the way you created it) - simply stunning. You've created an altogether well balanced, atmospheric scene and I love it.

    Cath x

  4. Wow, I adore your city Anna-Karin! The sky is fantastic and the embossing powders you used are in my wish list.The effect is fantastic! barbara

  5. What a beautiful scene. I absolutely love the starry snowy sky, you achieved the effect perfectly. And the buildings covered with different embossing powders are just genius. The colors you chose are great and I need to check the new mixed media powders cause I see I could love them! Thank you for sharing the example! Hugs, Marzena.

  6. Abosolutely stunning!! What a fabulous mixed media tag!

  7. Scrumptious night sky and fab textures on the buildings - a really cool tag.
    Alison x

  8. So cool that this is all embossing! I love the textures. Very cool tag, and I so agree with you on cities!

  9. amazing tag Anna-Karin, love you used the different embossing powders on the cityscape, hugs kath xxx

  10. This is such a stunning tag, Anna-Karin. The texture and layered embellishments are amazing. n:)

  11. You have created the most amazing texture here! WOnderful tag, Anna-Karin! Muara

  12. Fabulous tag, Anna-Karin, en how cool to use embossing powders to color the houses, I rarely use embossing powder to color something, so great tip! Thanks! Hugs, Sandra

  13. A debt of feeling is so as for sharing such a utterly wonderful substance! As necessities be take a goose at embossed metallic stickers


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