Monday, January 14, 2019

Recycled Tag Tutorial

Hello friends! I hope you had a good weekend! We were out playing in the snow, with a new red plastic sledge. When Leo and I walked out the door, we realised that both the sledge, his overall, my jacket, my hat, and his stroller were red, with bits of blue here and there, so he concluded that red and blue are his favorite colors. I like bright colored winter clothes, since so many winter jackets are black or dark blue, winter is dark enough, a bit of color is fun. And that red stroller, always made for an interesting spot of color in nature photos.



This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Recycle Something theme. Don't miss the project by our January guest designer Wendy Baysa


Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Today's project is also pretty colorful and was put together using almost only recycled items, with the addition of a couple of odds and ends that I found on my desk. The base of the tag is cardboard, which makes it very sturdy and gives it a nice feel. I also used a brown paper bag, old book paper, old buttons, netting from fruit packaging, and plastic packaging from a die. 

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Coloring with Ranger alcohol ink.

Starting out, I die cut a tag from Sizzix plastic packaging, embossed it in a swirls folder and and then colored it with alcohol ink, aiming for a splotchy appearance. I used: Turquoise, Indigo and Limeade, coloring on the embossed side of the plastic. You can also use Clearly For Art Modeling Film, if you don't have plastic packaging.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Adding Stickles glitter glue.

Apply Crystal Stickers in the recessed areas. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Using cardboard in art.

A second tag was die cut from cardboard and I tore off some of the top layer. It was coated with gesso. This step brightens the colors of the alcohol ink, since the background becomes lighter.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Using old book pages in art.

Then I glued old book paper on the background, all of these papers were already torn up, and had been used in other projects.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut hearts from a brown paper bag and an old book page, using the SSS Windows to my Heart die, from the new You Are Loved collection.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Dimensional hearts.

I also had leftover watercolor hearts from my SSS You Are Loved blog hop project from last week. Staple the hearts together and scrunch them up to give them dimension. Ink the edges. Here you can also see the yellow/orange plastic netting.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The glitter adds a nice touch to the background. Staple the plastic tag to the cardboard one. I only stapled it at the top, which makes it look more dimensional, since the plastic doesn't lie flush against the cardboard and text.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

On my desk, I also found a piece of torn vellum, a ribbon that was gifted to me by a stamping friend many years ago, and a strip of book paper, which turned out to be almost like found poetry. The title was die cut with the Big Happy die, from a brown paper bag and from black cardstock.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Old buttons.

And another sentiment from a book. The buttons are all recycled from old clothing.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's another look at the layers of alcohol ink, glitter, and text.

Layers of ink - Recycled Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The hearts are dimensional and are a great way to use up little scraps. You can die cut a whole bunch and keep them ready for a project.

I hope you will join us this week in our Recycle Something 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.




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

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

SSS You Are Loved Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp blog hop to celebrate the release of the You Are Loved collection. This is the last stop on the hop, and you should have arrived here from the wonderful Barb Engler.

The You Are Loved collection contains a wide range of new dies, stamps, stencils, watercolor cards and sequins. You can see the whole collection here.


There is also a free gift for you. If you use the code LVE584, when you make an order, you will get a  a free Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink Pad (while supplies last!) with any purchase. The code will expire Sunday, 1/13 at 11:59 pm EST.

I made a wall-hanging and a card, both with step photos. As usual, you can use the techniques on almost any type of project. Let's start.

 Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.


I really like the Windows to my Heart die and thought it would look good as a background. The wall-hanging is about 6 x 6 in and I used mat board as my base. I found a sweet photo of my mother and grandmother, which fit well on the project. For a different look, use other colors.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved Collection.

This is the die and the stencil set that I used: Windows to my Heart and Heart Layers.

Layers of ink - Simon Says Stamp You are Loved Collection.

And these are the three stamp sets: Ornate Love, Love Messages and Bone-a-Fide Birthday.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut the heart windows.

I wanted nine heart windows on my panel, but the die only has six. To get three more, I marked the center of the die and placed the second cutting pad just inside that mark. My hearts aren't lined up perfectly, but it didn't matter.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Coat the watercolor paper with gesso, to prepare it for the next step.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply paint to the paper.

Paint watered down Distress Paints on the panel and mist with more water.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stencil hearts, with SSS Heart Layers.

When dry, stencil the smallest hearts from the Heart Layers set with Peacock Feathers paint.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background Sizzix mat board was also coated with gesso, and then painted brown. When dry, I adhered old book paper to it and added a layer of matte medium on top too.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

White wash with Picket Fence paint, to tone down the text a little.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply Crackle Paint.

Glue the heart window panel to the background with matte medium. When dry, apply Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint, using a palette knife. Press with the knife, so that you get a thicker layer of paint in the windows, and a very thin layer on the rest of the panel. Don't worry about perfection here. Cracks appear as the paste dries. The thicker the layer, the larger the cracks.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Water down brown paint and apply to the cracks. Wipe off the excess with a cloth. If you want a less grungy look, use a different color paint for the cracks. White looks wonderful too.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Crackled heart windows.

Here's a look at the finished hearts. They look almost like crackled glass, and the words show through in fragments.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Crackle paste background.

You can use a brown Distress Crayon where the cracks are smaller, apply it with your finger, and again wipe of the excess. The crayon can be used for the larger cracks too, but I thought that the paint gave a better result there, and it is quicker. These fine cracks give a very cool texture.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Rock Candy hearts.

Three gumdrop hearts were colored with alcohol ink and I also used some Clippings Stickers. Apart from that, I didn't add many embellishments, since I wanted the window hearts to show. For a different idea with the Windows to my Heart die, creating dimensional hearts, check out my Celebrate 2019 layout from earlier this week.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Heart Windows Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With SSS Ornate Love.

Stamp LOVE from the Ornate Love set with brown Archival Ink and ink with Distress Ink. Cut out and glue to the panel.
 Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Simon Says Stamp Bone-a-fide set.

The card has a completely different look from the panel, and I thought Leo might get this card on his birthday. The dog in the birthday cake from Bone-a-Fide Birthday is such a fun and cute image, and it is fun to color too. I watercolored the image loosely with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint with Distress Ink.

Stamp on watercolor paper with Archival Ink. Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Color the image loosely, leaving some of the white of the paper showing.

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

For some bling, apply Glossy Accents to the candles and Crystal Stickles to the icing.

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's a closer look at the happy dog.

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I distressed the edges, and used vellum and another piece of watercolor paper as a matte.

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background is a dry embossed panel, made with the Sizzix 3-D Confetti Hearts folder (you can find a tutorial for it here).

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used a wire to attach the balloon to the background, giving it some dimension too.

Layers of ink - Birthday Cake Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Crystal Stickles have different shades of colors in it and looks different depending on how the light falls on it, something that will be fascinating for a child.

There are of course prizes to be won and at each stop on the hop SSS is giving away a $25 coupon, randomly drawn from those who leave a comment. The winners will be posted post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday, the 16th of January.

Here are all the stops along the hop:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

For more You Are Loved inspiration, remember to check out the You Are Loved gallery at SSS, and if you make something with products from the range, it is fun if you post it in in the gallery too. There are galleries for all releases, and for the card kits, full of inspiration. There is also going to be a second blog hop tomorrow, so don't miss that.

Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you will have a lovely weekend!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Heart 3-D Embossed Cards Tutorial

Hello crafters! It is snowy and icy here today and I had to step carefully when I went for a walk. I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog, for two sweet cards.

Layers of ink - Heart 3-D Embossed Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used a really fun and easy dry embossing technique for the background, and made a whole lot of backgrounds. They were made with a new 3-D embossing folder, called Confetti Hearts. I really like the jumble of layered hearts. Since it is a 3-D folder, the embossing has more layers and depth than the ordinary embossing folders. The cards were decorated with die-cuts and stamped images from the sweet Sending You Sunshine and I Heart You Framelits Die Set w/Stamps, from the Sending Love collection.

You can find the tutorial and closeups on the Sizzix blog.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Celebrate 2019 Layout

Hello crafters! It is a new year and I want to start by wishing everyone a wonderful and creative 2019. We had a great Christmas and New Year with my family and the boys had lots and lots of fun. This is my first project of the year, and I am looking forward to seeing what this year will bring. 


In this first Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog of the year, we have a Use Something New theme. It is also the first Monday of a new month, which means that the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team is showcasing a specific designer or company, and this week the turn has come to Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products. You can find all the SSS exclusive products here, and there is such a big variety. You don't have to use SSS products to join in the challenge, but it is always fun if you do. 

Don't miss the project by our January guest designer Wendy Baysa

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I haven't scrapped about myself in quite a while and I thought a scrapbooking layout would therefore be a great first project of the year. I wrote journaling about my hopes and wishes for the year, which is tucked in behind the photo. Anton took the photo of me on one or our bike rides the past summer. I used a bunch of Simon Says Stamp products here, some of the from the new You Are Loved collection. The layout will go into my 8.5 x 11 in album, which hasn't seen a new layout in quite some time.

The panel behind the photo was stamped with the Leaves Background stamp and Jellybean ink, and I used the Tabbed Sentiments and coordinating dies on the journal card.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved products.

I used the new Windows to My Heart die, which cuts six hearts in one go. To be able to die cut heart directly from my background, I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine, but if you are making something smaller, the ordinary Big Shot will work just as well. The background paper was in my scrap box. It is watercolor paper which had been misted.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

As a background paper, I used the SSS Blue Violet cardstock. I wanted some of the hearts to be see-through and placed the die cut paper on top to mark which ones with a white pencil. Then I simply cut out squares with a craft knife.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp the Tiny Alphabet on acetate or Modeling film and cut into squares. Adhere to the back of the windows.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp the background here and there with the Good Reading stamp and stitch around the edges of the layout.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Dimensional paper hearts.

I also die cut hearts from old book paper and vellum and layered two hearts on top of each other, shaping them a little to give them dimension.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see that the alphabet heart is transparent. Layer the hearts over the rest of the windows, letting some of the blue show through.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Use the smallest hearts in the Heart Layers stencil set and sponge Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the hearts.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Stitching Butterflies were die cut from a paper that had been colored with Paper Artsy Infusions, and from the blue background paper. I also stamped brown dots on the background using the Falling Snow stamp.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Intricate dies look fantastic die cut from glossy paper, and I had a piece of glossy paper that had been colored with alcohol inks in my scrap box, which fit great here. I used the SSS Celebrate die and Tim Holtz's Letterboard die.

Layers of ink - Celebrate 2019 Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The final touch of this layout was that I happened upon a page from an old book, also in my scrap paper box, which I had saved because it was a chapter page for chapter 'nineteen' and therefore fit perfectly here. 'Full of possibilities' comes from the Uplifting Words set. The stamp says 'Today is full of possibilities', but I covered up the first two words when inking it up.

I hope you will join us this week in our Use Something New 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!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

* Please note: the links are affiliate links, for which I receive a small percentage of sales generated by the link, at no extra cost to you.