Friday, December 6, 2019

SSS Diecember Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am so happy to take part in the blog hop to celebrate the Simon Says Stamp Diecember release. You should have arrived here from the very creative Karin Ã…kesdotter.



The Diecember release is huge and full of fantastic and versatile dies. There is also a free gift with every order (until supplies last), if you use the code THKU894, you get the Bold Thanks die. This promotion will expire on 12/8 at 11:59 pm EST. 

I made two projects, an art journal page and a card, both are tutorials. As usual, the techniques work great for a whole range of different projects. 

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I love the big Lined You die and knew I wanted to make it the focal point of an art journal page. The word would also make a lot of impact on a card, especially since it is such a large die. I paired it up with a sentiment die and the beautiful Detailed Leaf Cluster die. The page was done on a cotton-rag page in my Dina Wakley journal. I used different types of papers to get an interesting effect: the rough watercolor paper in the background, gloss cardstock, and metallic paper.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. SSS Diecember blog hop.

These are the Diecember products that I used for my projects: Lined You, Detailed Leaf Cluster, The Best Is Yet To Come, and the Shimmer Snowflake.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink glossy paper.

Start by inking a piece of gloss cardstock with Distress Inks, aiming for an ombre effect.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut glossy paper.

Die cut the fabulous Lined You from the inked paper.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut the base piece from cream cardstock.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink with Distress Inks and an ink-blending tool.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp with the You Matter background stamp and Khaki ink.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink another piece of glossy cardstock.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. SSS Diecember release.

Die cut the Best Is Yet To Come sentiment from the brown ombre piece and die cut the matte from gloss paper. Ink the latter with Cracked Pistachio.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

For the background, I used the SSS Lined Circles stencil and inked through it with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Mist with water to give the inks a watercolor appearance.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink the page through the stencil.

When dry, ink with Ground Espresso through the Circle Dots stencil.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Detailed Leaf Cluster die.

Die cut the Detailed Leaf Cluster from cream paper and ink with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Metallic paper.

Die cut the branch from Champagne Metallic Kraft Stock, and glue the inked leaves on top, offsetting a little. The soft gold of the Champagne cardstock is really pretty.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I cut two sentiment from the SSS Sentiment Strips 4.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. SSS Lined You die.

Glue a piece of cheese cloth to the background and then the Lined You. Isn't it such a cool die? I love it.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I don't know if you can see the effect of the gloss cardstock here. I like to add gloss paper to projects now and then, and dye inks, such as Distress Inks, look so vibrant on top of gloss paper. If you haven't tried it, I hope you will.

Layers of ink - You Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This sentiment is all gloss cardstock.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

My second project is a winter or Christmas card. As you can see on this photo, the snow that we got last week has melted away. It is a pity since the world is so much brighter during the winter when there is snow. I used the beautiful and detailed Shimmer Snowflake die for this card. I made a shaker card with mica flakes, but you can also use small beads, glitter or sequins. Or a mix of several of these.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut the snowflake.

Start by die cutting the frame from the front of a piece of folded watercolor paper. The die cut the detailed part from the shape that you get.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

With your finger, smear a little Distress Micro Glaze around the edges of the snowflake and around the edges of the card.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Smooch Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and press the papers into the ink. The Micro Glaze will resist the ink.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Later, I changed my mind about the colored snowflake and die cut it from SSS Glimmery Cardstock instead.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.Fill the shaker with mica flakes.

Glue a piece of acetate behind the snowflake window. Adhere foam tape on the inside of the card and sprinkle a generous amount of Distress Mica Flakes. Then adhere a second piece of acetate on top to seal the shaker.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see the cool look of the mica.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut Stitched Flakes from a piece of watercolor paper, inked with the same inks as the cardbase.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue the snowflakes and some Winter Flurries sequins here and there.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue the shimmery snowflake to the back of the shaker.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Distress Micro Glaze resist.

Here you can see the effect of the Micro Glaze, I love the random resist look that it creates.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment comes from the SSS Comfort & Joy set, and was stamped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

These snowflake sequins are cool, since some of the have an irredescent look, and the color shifts from white to pink.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used a piece of Mummy Cloth by Tim Holtz and some lace trim.

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The stitched details on the die also become more visible because of the Micro Glaze, since the glace doesn't go into the debossed areas (i.e. the stitches).

Layers of ink - Snowflake Shaker Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.


Don't miss all the inspiration along the hop and of course there are prizes to be won too. SSS is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop and all you need to do is comment. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday 11 December.


This is the last stop of the hop. If you have missed any of the inspiration you can find all the links below:
Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)


This is day 2 of the blog hop, and for more inspiration, don't miss the first blog hop that was on Monday. For even more Diecember inspiration, check out the SSS Diecember Gallery. You can also  link your own projects made with the release and there are galleries for all SSS releases, and for the card kits too.




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

Happy Christmas Crafting!

Anna-Karin

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68 comments:

  1. Wow! You have amazing talent!! Love that shaker card!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. LOVE everything you created! Thanks for sharing your techniques and talent!

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  3. YAY Anna-Karin, I have finally managed to access your blog! I am working with a tablet at the mkment and it doesn'tlike me;)
    Anyway, you are right, the techniques you have shared here on the Art journal page and card will work well on any project. The detailed leaf cluster looks amazing in gold on that page. I definitely need to remember your colour combos.
    Beautifully done on both counts.

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  4. All your cards are amazing but I really, really love the snowflake! Just gorgeous!

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  5. WOW, the aqua and gold look amazing together. I never would have even tried that, but it's wonderful!

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  6. Both projects are great. I love the beautiful colors and the lovely layering.

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  7. Ooh that's a lot of effort into the journal page and card!! Beautiful! :)

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  8. You really show the versatility of these dies with your amazing artistic ability. Great ending to this blog hop!

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  9. stunning projects - LOVE how you made the amazing art journal page and card - awesome technique

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  10. Your backgrounds are fantastic! Thanks for the detailed description of the techniques used. So helpful.

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  11. I am just loving the mixed media approach you used with these wonderful new products!

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  12. Love the colours and creations. Appreciate very much you put up a fil tutorial with pictures:)

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  13. Wonderful projects. Your art journal page is beautiful and I love the unique card.

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  14. The card is fabulous. It's so
    delicate and airy. The layout
    is gorgeous. Love all of the gold.
    thanks for sharing
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  15. I think its wonderful that you created an art journal page...the tutorial was wonderful and very inspiring...I never would have thought to distress the metallic card stock. So Pretty! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. The color combination and composition on your "YOU" card are just breath-taking.

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  17. Wow!! Your cards are amazing!! I love how you used the snowflake die! Just gorgeous!

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  18. I love all the elements you used in making this ever so glitzy card! It is stunning. I forgot about my lonely little mica flakes sitting in the drawer. Thanks for the inspiration all the way around with this card creation!

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  19. Great tutorials and gorgeous projects, thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. The colors on your Let it Snow card took my breath away!!! Gorgeous!! I also really liked the way you cut the leaf die cut in half so all of it could be used on the card.

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  21. AMAZING INSPIRATION!! I LOVE all of the ideas!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

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  22. Love the colours of your journal page and that snowy card is just stunning - love it!

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  23. Beautiful, colorful cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Just lovely all of the cards you have created with this newest Simon release! simply amazing!

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  25. Love the backgrounds and the gorgeous snowflake shaker!!

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  26. Love your color choices--especially the aqua and gold--Lovely!

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  27. Love the gold, your cards are all very beautiful. Awesome products and Die-cember release.

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  28. So many layers of AWESOME! I love how you did the "newspaper" YOU... just amazing colors!

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  29. Amazing cards! I especially love the detail of the first one.

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  30. WOW!! Love all the pictures of your creativity process!! Love the aqua and gold with the words!! So much fun for the eyes!!

    Love the shaker with the snowflakes!!

    Your cards are amazing!

    Fantastic Die-cember release with wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing and your creativity!

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  31. Awesome cards! Love the way you combined several designs on your first card, and the snowflake die is just gorgeous!

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  32. gorgeous - I love the use of all the different papers!

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  33. Your cards are fantastic. In love with the snowflake shaker.

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  34. What fabulous projects! The champagne metallic cs on the first one really pops and adds so much to the overall look. I like the way that the stencilled bg turned out, too!
    Your snowflake card is just lovely in the shades of pinks and purples. How fun that you turned it into a shaker! :)

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  35. The multimedia looks on your cards is great. There is something about your first card that just draws me in. Not sure what element it is, it just works. Thanks for the inspiration. Merry Christmas

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  36. You have so much going on in your cards but you put it all together so beautifully. And thanks for showing how to use the Distress Micro Glaze.

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  37. Your journaling page is Gorgeous!!! And I love that shaker card!!!

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  38. Very pretty snowflake card. I keep forgetting about using the Distress Glaze that I have, thanks for reminding us how handy it is. Lovely shaker card.

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  39. I enjoy mixed media, your snowflake card is beautiful! Love the new SSS dies!

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  40. These look fantastic - love the mixed media look.

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  41. Wow! Your work is amazing, love the card you made!

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  42. Enjoyed the fresh minty green with the sepia tones and metallic. I'm stealing that color pallette.

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  43. Awesome journal page and card! Love how you used the dies on your journal page. So creative.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  44. Wow, how beautiful and inspiring!! Love love love it!!!

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  45. I love the way you can create a collage of so many different designs and elements and it all works together. What an eye. Love that leaf cluster especially.

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  46. Really love the step by step pictorial, love the art journal page

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  47. THank you for all your very creative cards. I love them. And I love that they are the "norm". They are totally awesome!!!!

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  48. Gorgeous cards and thanks for the step by step pics of your process

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  49. Superb idea with the gradient! I just love it !

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  50. Absolutely love your journal page!

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  51. Great creativity. Thanks for sharing

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  52. Love that journal page--the gold really pops ! Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  53. These are gorgeous! I love all of the detail you added :)

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  54. WELL! I was so crazy about the big YOU card with all the stenciling and layers and then when I scrolled down and saw the snowflake shaker card I nearly fell out of my seat! GORGEOUS!!!!!

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  55. Wow, stunning cards! Amazing layers, textures and depth - gorgeous!

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  56. Wow what a way to end the hop! Your cards are so fantastic! The one with the big you is really nice with all the different things on it and that color scheme is a very pretty one. The snowflake card is super cool with that background and that die is very nice.

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  57. Wow this card looks so cool with the different products you used!

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  58. Hi Anna-Karin :) Love to see these dies used indifferent settings like your journal page and shaker card.......beautiful and soooooo versatile!!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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