Monday, February 18, 2019

Forest Layout

Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend. My family visited and we had a fun birthday party for Anton. He is getting so big. Spring is in the air and the first snowdrops have made their appearance. I am documenting it in the Signs of Spring notebook that I made last year.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we have a Things With Wheels challenge. How fun! I hope you can join us, and don't miss the project by our February guest designer Lucyna Marynowska, with her blog u Luli

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

My favorite thing with wheels is the bicycle and I found this photo from a couple of years ago, from a forest bike ride. The forest in the photo was extended onto the background, using stamps and Distress Ink. I used almost only shades of green, with just the circles beting red, to repeat the red in the photo (his helmet and the bike). The journaling is on the back. 

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With stamps by Tim Holtz.

The background watercolor paper was in my scrap paper box and had been colored with Distress Inks. I used various pine tree stamps by Tim Holtz and inked them up with four shades of Distress Ink. Mist about four times before stamping. Most of the stamps are from the fabulous Tree Line set.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamping the forest.

Continue adding more trees to fill up the scene. I used four larger trees in the foreground, from the Just Believe set. This is a Christmas stamp set. Don't forget your seasonal stamp sets during the rest of the year, since many of them contain stamps that can be used for non-seasonal projects. Since the photo was going in the middle, I didn't stamp any trees there.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamping texture.

Next, I added texture with a splatter and a grid stamp, using Potting Soil and Fern Green Archival Ink. Add a branch tree here and there with the brown ink. I also stamped a bike and a bunch of sentiments.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Adding sentiments.

The circles were die cut from red paper with the Simon Says Stamp Circle Loops die. The sentiment comes from Tim's Perspective set.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Bicycle stamp.

The bike stamp comes from the Purely Random set, and I used one of the great sentiments from the Nature's Wonder set.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Layered watercolor forest.

The different shades of green makes the forest look alive and also adds dimension.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used the Odds and Ends set and stamped a ticket and a sentiment on an inky paper.

Layers of ink - Forest Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The layout was finished with a Spinner Trail border die cut from dark green paper and some Clippings Stickers

I hope you will join us this week in our Things With Wheels 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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  1. Gorgeous layout Anna Karin :-) the photo is fabulous and I love how you extended the forest, so beautifully done and the splashes of red are perfect, they just make the whole scene 'pop' :-)

    Happy Birthday Anton!! :-D

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Happy Birthday to your son😊 I love the way you did the trees, beautiful!

  3. beautiful layout Anna- Karin, love the gorgeous colourful background and how you created the woods....!
    Lucyna xx

  4. This is very beautiful made. Great stamping.

  5. I always love to see how you incorporate words and phrases. This is lovely and the layers you created with the trees are amazing!

  6. You are the Queen of layout! This kind of project is so far from me! i love little spaces! to see your incredible skill to work on this size is fantastic! I adore colors, design and the way you created your landscape is very impressive! Barbara

  7. What an amazing LO! I love the beautiful watercolour look you have created using the stamps and the repetition of all the circles. Your work is like a work of art!
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent! :)

  8. Beautiful and serene. I feel like I am in that forest with the sun shining down. Bet you are looking forward to bike riding again soon, Anna-Karin! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTON!!! hugs, Maura

  9. Fabulous layout Anna-Karin, adore your overlayed watercolour stamped trees and all of the wonderful words and phrases you added to surround that great picture. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  10. stunning layout Anna-Karin and I love how the stamped trees merge in beautifully with the photo, hugs kath xxx

  11. This is such a fantastic layout, Anna-Karin. The green color scheme on the background and the whole design are awesome! :)

  12. Such a great layout Anna-Karin! I love the green!!

  13. Fabulous layout, Anna-Karin! Gorgeous green tones, so pretty. Hugs, Sandra


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