Thursday, September 2, 2021

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® Blog Party

Hi stampers! It is STAMPtember®, a month-long celebration of stamping at Simon Says Stamp, with inspiration, new products and lots of surprises. Today, I am happy to take part in a huge blog party to celebrate the Simon Says Stamp exclusive STAMPtember® release

You can find the start of the blog part on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog.

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

The STAMPtember® release is full of fantastic new stamps, dies, stencils, inks and paper products. So much! You can find it all here. I am also happy to have designed three of the products, namely these: Document It stamp set, Foxglove stamp set and the Ledger background stamp.



I also have a free gift for you. You will get the Large Happy Birthday die free with a purchase of $30 or more, if you use the code Q928NNU. It is valid until 9/2 at 11:59 PM EDT, and while supplies last. There are a whole bunch of codes that you can find among the party participants.

For today, I made an art journal page and a tag to share, with tutorials.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The art journal page is full of color and is a celebration of or recent move. The awesome Printmaking Houses set was perfect for my theme. I also used the Concentric Doodle for the fun background. You can use the techniques for cards too of course.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp the Concentric Doodle with embossing ink on watercolor paper and white emboss.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used Scribble Sticks to watercolor the circles. You can draw with the sticks on the paper and then add water, but I picked the paint up with a paint brush instead. 

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

After the first step, I decided I wanted a darker background and painted it with a black Scribble Stick. I dropped some water on the still moist paint to create cauliflowers.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add another layer of color to the circles and then splatter heavily with the same shades. Dip the Scribble Stick in water and flick a paint brush against it. It is my favorite splatter technique.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Continue with some black splatters, especially on the darker areas.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Printmaking Houses set is so clever. You stamp the houses in layers. I started with the colorful base. Simon Says Stamp has new inks coming out as a part of the STAMPtember® release, but I don't have them yet.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The continue with the window stamp and the roofs. If you use a stamp positioner like the Misti, you will get a more perfect result, but I like the slightly imperfect stamping. It also creates a shadow effect.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Finally stamp the outline stamp with Slate ink.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Cut the houses out. I used Label Tape as a road for my houses. 'Happy' comes from the Happy Poinsettia set.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The splatters are a combination of wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry, which gives a mix of splatters and great blending effects.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The colorful splatters stand out well on the dark background too.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

More houses. My favorite are actually the ones where the stamping doesn't line up perfectly.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The title was die cut with the Archie Jr. Solid set.

Layers of ink - Concentric Circles Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And more color.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The next card is a Inky Poinsettia tag. My first Christmas project of the year. I used the Happy Poinsettia set, with which you can create great layering effects.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by cutting a tag from watercolor paper. I used the Crop-a-Dile Angle Corner Chomper to cut the upper corners. Smear Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet and press the tag into the ink. Let dry, and repeat until you are happy with the look.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink the larger poinsettia with Distress Ink, mist with water about four times and stamp.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Repeat with more petals and leaves.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp the flower center with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

For more texture stamp the background here and there with the Crackle Background and Frayed Burlap ink.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add some Scribble Stick splatters to the tag too, and ink the edges.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I didn't think the yellow center stood out enough on this flower and splattered extra yellow there.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Starting out with a tinted background is often easier than to ink or color around the flowers after stamping, and it is quicker too.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

One of the flowers has deeper red shades.

Layers of ink - Inky Poinsettia Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This is my favorite of the three poinsettias. 

Don't miss all the inspiration along the blog party. All the inks are available at the Simon Says Stamp Store blog. Throughout the month there will be surprises and scavenger hunts. Don't miss it!

There is also a s special STAMPtember® Gallery where you can find inspiration and add your own projects.


Here are all 91of the stops of the party.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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* 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.

40 comments:

  1. Very cool piece. I love seeing mixed media, but wouldn't know where to begin, your step by step instructions are very helpful.

    Thank you for sharing your process

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  2. Wonderful journal page with geometric look that reminds me of Spirograph. The Poinsettia tag has a wonderful Tim Holtz feel to it with the coloring and distress inks.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. I love your projects, hard to choose a favorite but that doodle circle coloring and that gorgeous poinsettia are really at the top of the list!

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  4. Wow! Just wow!! So beautiful!! And very inspiring!! Thanks for such a detailed list as well!!

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  5. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tutorials!

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  6. Beautifully done, now I need Scribble Sticks!
    Your poinsettia tag is a showstopper.

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  7. You have totally brought life to these great new products..

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  8. Just when I thought I didn't need that Concentric Doodle stamp!!!!!!

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  9. Love the doodle circle and all the fun colors you used, and the cute little houses how cute are those!!

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  10. What awesome pieces! Love the doodle circle coloring and the poinsettias are gorgeous!

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  11. Great card and tag. I especially like the tag. I may have to try some of what you did and see what comes out.

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  12. Wow!!! Absolutely Stunning projects!!!!

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  13. Love your bold colors and the many creative ways you showed to use Concentric Doodles! TFS!

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  14. Love,Love! The colors you used are amazing

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  15. wonderful journal page with the houses and concentric circle and your Christmas tag is so vintage. thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  16. I love your tag! Looks very vintage.

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  17. I love the tag! Perfectly vintage

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  18. Lovely card and tag. Thank you.

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  19. This is such a great art journal page plus a beautiful, autumn tag.

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  20. I love the painted look, I love mixed media cards! This is so amazing!! I love the little houses with that rubber stamped background :D

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  21. I absolutely applaud you for the tag! Using distress inks to stamp an image is so against the norm, but it really looks like you painted those flowers. Awesome tag!

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  22. Every time I see the geometric circle stamp I like it better.

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  23. I absolutely love the Christmas tag! It is beautiful.

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  24. Your tutorial was so helpful and detailed! You thought of so many questions I didn't even know I had until you answered them. Thank you for the care and thoughtfulness you put into this post!

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  25. These projects are awesome. I love the colors and the inspiration! Thanks for sharing--off to shop SSS!

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  26. love how you used the stamps in a mixed media LO

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  27. Your journal page is gorgeous! You really made that circle stamp pop. The tag has the perfect vintage look. Very pretty.

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  28. Great creative use of stamps ,dies, and inks.

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  29. Wow. Thank you for your tutorial on making a background with the splatter technique. Must try now that I’ve seen your beautiful cards.

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