Friday, November 12, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Handmade Holiday Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am happy to take part in the blog hop to celebrate the new Simon Says Stamp release, which is called Handmade Holiday. If you are following along the hop you should have arrived here from the very creative Keisha Charles.

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The Handmade Holiday release is full of wonderful new stamps, stencils, dies, ink, glitter glues and other products. It is perfect for holiday crafting, but also for many other themes. You can see the whole release here. If you use the code DMADE4U you will get a Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink pad FREE with any purchase! This promotion will expire 11/14 at 11:59 pm EST or while supplies last.


I am also very happy to have designed two of the stamp sets in this release, namely Mixed Labels and Real Leaves.

I made an art journal page, but it could just as well be a card, tag or canvas instead.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I love trees, and birch trees are one of my favorite trees. The interesting bark texture makes them particularly fun to paint and I created a winter scene in my Dylusions Square 8x8 art journal. From the Handmade Holiday release I used: Birch Trees Stencil, Etched Berry Branch die, Love, Joy, Peace Rainbow stamp set and Glitz Glitter Gel.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply gesso.

Start by coating the page with gesso and don't make it too smooth, we want some texture.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint with distress paint.

Paint with Distress Paint - I used white at the bottom, but forgot to include it in the photo. Mist lightly with water to blend and create spots. I painted both sides, so the one to the left is ready if I want to do another winter project there.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply texture paste through Simon Says Stamp Birch Trees stencil.

When dry, place the Birch Trees stencil on the background and apply Texture Paste through it with a palette knife. Let dry and then add two more trees.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The texture paste is slightly translucent and I like to either mix a little white into the paste, or paint it afterwards. Here I sponged on the paint with a mini-round ink blending tool, adding texture to the trees. 

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start with light shades of grey and brown. Decide from which direction the light is coming and make the trees darker on the opposite side.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Continue, adding darker shades as you go along. I mixed Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot to make a very dark blue, but also used both of them as they are. 

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp two deer from the Simon Says Stamp Forest Scenery set, with Potting Soil ink. Wipe the ink off their feet before stamping, so that it looks like they are standing in the snow.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp sentiments on the page, from the Love, Joy, Peace, Rainbow set.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Cover the words with post it notes and splatter the page with white paint to create the look of a snowy sky.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add shadows under the deer and some blue and grey in the foreground.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The new Glitz Glitter Gels are fabulous! I really like glitter gels since they are so mess-free, compared to lose glitter. I applied just a little at the bottom, at the top and on the trees.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Then I realised that I had forgotten to add shadows to the trees. Paint a thin shadow at the one side of the tree with grey and black.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Etched Berry Branch is so pretty. I will be using it a lot. Here I die cut it from vellum.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I cut two of the branches slightly and rearranged the leaves. Add sequins as berries.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The stamping will pick up some of the background texture, which adds a nice worn look to the deer.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I see a lot of deer when I go on my walks and always enjoy seeing them. By wiping off the ink from their feet before stamping, the deer look like they are standing in the snow, rather than on top of it.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see the mix of splatters and glitter and paint on the trees.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Up close you can see how simple the paint marks are on the trees, but together they make the trees look like birch trees.

Don't miss all the inspiration along the hop. There are of course prizes to be won too, 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 17th of November.

Your next stop on the hop is Vicky Papaioannou who will share beautiful inspiration with you.


Here are all the stops along the hop:







Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)












For more Handmade Holiday inspiration remember to check out the Handmade Holiday gallery at Simon Says Stamp, and if you make something with products from the range, it is fun if you post it in the gallery too. There are galleries for all releases, and for the card kits, full of inspiration. Part one of the blog hop was yesterday, so don't miss all the inspiration there.



Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today! I'll see you again tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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73 comments:

  1. What a beautiful & serene scene. I enjoyed seeing the process, step by step.

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  2. Wow what a fabulous scene you have created, your trees are stunning!

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  3. I really like the way you made the sky by sweeping the colors horizontally. NICE

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  4. What a wonderful winter scene!! Great colors and design!!

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  5. Beautiful project! Thanks for sharing your work!

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  6. wow love how you created this gorgeous card - awesome technique

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  7. Beautiful journal page! I don't do journaling, but I follow several people who do. I love watching them come together.

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  8. Wonderful forest/deer/tree scene.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  9. You made a lovely journal page. The way you colored the birch trees made them look real.

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  10. Stunning! I love birch trees and you did a wonderful job highlighting them…

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  11. Beautiful! I love that you did a journal page instead of a card! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. What a BEAUTIFUL mixed media scene!

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  13. Such a gorgeous art journal page. It calmed me just looking at it.

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  14. A lovely, tranquil woodland scene. Hanks for sharing your techniques!

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  15. This is such a pretty scene. Love the Birch trees

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  16. I haven't been to your blog before. These are works of art! absolutely beautiful!

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  17. Stunning! I've been thinking about starting an art journal and this has given me so much inspiration!

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  18. Amazing art journal page! Love those birch trees... so much added details... and those vellum die-cut pieces... just perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. What a gorgeous journal page! I love how you created the trees!

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  20. Hi, Anna - Karin -
    WOW! Those birches look so life-like! Great job! This is one of my favorites of this hop! TFS!!
    Lori S in PA

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  21. Your art journaling page is wonderful. All the added details are fabulous!

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  22. Those trees look so real. A great journal page.

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  23. I love your color sense. Beautiful!

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  24. Love your gorgeous journal page! So creative.

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  25. I love this journal page. So peaceful.

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  26. Beautiful -- your birch trees are amazing!

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  27. This is a beautiful journal page.

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  28. So cool, love the process of making this scene.

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  29. Beautiful scene with the deer! Love your pages!

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  30. My goal is to make my trees look real by following your clear examples. Mahalo for sharing your serene card.

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  32. Beautiful scene! All the extra details on trees and deer look like real life scenery. Fabulous job!

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  33. Wow!! This is gorgeous with all the colour and texture!! A stunning scene! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  34. Beautiful job - those birch trees turned out amazing!

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  35. Wow, this turned out absolutely amazing!

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  36. Gorgeous Winter scenes!
    Thanks for walking us through your creative process.

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  37. Thanks for tips like wiping the ink off the deer feet. Little touches like that make a difference.

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  38. Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! I would love to grab a cuppa and relax flipping through your art journal. Gorgeous!

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  39. Wow, this is a beautiful nature scene!

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  40. Very beautiful and inspirational! Love this release!

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  41. This is so lovely, and I enjoyed seeing the step by step process!

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  42. Fabulous scene! The birch trees look amazing!

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  43. I LOVE this journal page! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

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  44. Love the journal page. I was hoping someone would use that stencil. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  45. Oh wow! Your trees are amazing!!!

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  46. Wow!!! Your trees are Fabulous!!! Gorgeous pages!!!

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  47. Spectacular page. So much depth and
    detail. thanks for sharing.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. Thank you for a lovely tutorial and journal spread. I love it. Bren

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  49. I like the peaceful scene you created.

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  50. love the gorgeous texture of your fab page!!

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  51. What a beautiful journal page, so much detail. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  52. I love this page. Nothing better than snowy woods and wildlife.

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  53. Great job on making the birch trees. I’ll Very unique & inspiring!

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  54. Great job on making the birch trees. Very unique & inspiring!

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  55. Such a wonderful scene. Love the way you did the birch trees.

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Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Happy Crafting!