Monday, January 27, 2020

Kaleidoscope Heart Card

Hello friends! We had a busy weekend with lots of fun stuff, Anton ran an obstacle course, we saw Frozen 2 at the movies, played (and watched) a soccer game, picked up a parcel that a friend sent along from South Africa with some of my favorite magazines and some snacks, and went for a walk.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, our theme is 'All loved up', since Valentine's Day is coming up soon. Don't miss the fantastic project by our January guest designer Claudia, with her blog Von Pappe II, it is really special.

Layers of ink - Kaleidoscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a fairly quick card this week, with a big kaleidoscope heart as the focal point. I wanted the heart to have a tone-on-tone effect, but it would also look great with contrasting colors, or just in white. For the background, I did one of my all time favorite techniques, white embossing on vellum.

Layers of ink - Kaleidscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut and mist the Birch Press Kaleidscope Hearts.

I used the Birch Press Kaleidoscope Heart Layer set, which consists of three die sets: A, B and C. After die cutting them from watercolor paper, I misted them with Distress Spray Stains, to get nice vibrant colors.

Layers of ink - Kaleidscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When dry, glue them together to get the kaleidoscope effect. For variation, you could have misted the center pieces the other way around, with the darker piece at the top.

Layers of ink - Kaleidscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. White emboss You Matter on vellum.

I love the Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp. The sentiments are wonderful and work on so many projects, I have used it on scrapbooking layouts for the kids, cards and in my art journal. You can also cut out just one of the sentiments on the stamp. Here I white embossed it on vellum. Always take care when using a heat gun so that you don't burn yourself.

Layers of ink - Kaleidscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I layered the vellum on kraft paper, cream paper and then on folded slate grey SSS cardstock. Distress the edges, or leave them as is.

Layers of ink - Kaleidscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Splatter white paint.

After gluing the heart to the background, I splattered some white paint on the card. As you can see, the white paint will pick up some of the ink as it dries, especially from the darkest Mermaid Lagoon ink.

Layers of ink - Kaleidscope Heart Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment was die cut with the Memory Box Big Hugs from SSS glimmer cardstock, and the smaller sentiment was stamped with dark grey ink, which gives a softer look than black ink. Finally, I added three Tim Holtz Bouquet Flowers.

For another example using the Kaleidoscope Heart Layers set, check out this wedding card tutorial of mine.

I hope you will join us this week in our Fall/Autumn 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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Happy crafting!



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  1. Wow, Anna-Karin, your art is amazing. Thanks for showing your technique with this amazing layered die. I enjoy all the wonderful inspiration.
    Karen Letchworth

  2. This is such a beautiful card! Just adore the colours and it just speaks to me!


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