Monday, September 26, 2022

Dry embossing and watercolor pencils

Hi friends! I hope you had a fun weekend. We had lovely autumn weather. 

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This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have an Emboss It challenge. I hope you will join us! Don't miss the gorgeous project by our September guest designer Anita Rao aka Beads, Charms and Wire. 

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I used both dry and heat embossing for my card, since both of these are techniques which I really love. The background was done with a combination of dry embossing and Distress Watercolor Pencils, which gave a textured shabby chic look.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color with Distress Watercolor Pencils.

Start by scribbling with Distress Watercolor Pencils on the embossing folder. I used mainly Tattered Rose and Kitsch Flamingo, with a little bit of Antique Linen. I used Simon Says Stamp pretty Minted Florals Embossing folder.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Mist both the folder and a piece of watercolor paper with water and emboss. You will get a different result depending on how much water you use. I used pretty much water.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add splatters with Distress Watercolor Pencils.

Dip a watercolor pencil in water and flick a paint brush against it to create splatters. 

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut Simon Says Stamp Just Because from Ranger Heavystock paper. Ink with Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide and emboss with several layers of clear powder. Always be very careful when using a heat gun and never touch the melted powder until it has cooled down completely.

Sprinkle a little white embossing powder into the last layer.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Distress Watercolor Pencils gave the background a partly random coloring.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I embellished the card with a little cheese cloth and Tim Holtz Bouquet Findings. The flowers were colored with Saltwater Taffy.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The cheese cloth makes the sentiment stand out better on the background.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The layers of embossing makes the sentiment look almost good enough to eat. The second part of the sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp Mixed Labels using Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide ink and matted on the same Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy cardstock that I used for the folded cardbase.

Layers of ink - Dry embossing and watercolor pencils tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The paper tore when I distressed the edges since I didn't wait for it to dry completely. To save that, I made the tear larger and added Design Tape underneath, so that it looked as if the tear was intentional. 

I hope you will join us this week in our Emboss It challenge. You have a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




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During this month, STAMPtember® is celebrated at Simon Says Stamp - a whole month dedicated to stamps and stamping, with so much inspiration and many surprises.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Blocked Background for Stamping

Hi friends! Today I have fun tutorial for a blocked background for stamping, which gives a great effect and is easy to do.

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Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

We have had quite a few beautiful sunflowers in the garden and a few of the smaller ones are still flowering and were the inspiration for this card. But you can of course use other types of images on the blocked background too. I was also happy to use the new Distress Watercolor Pencils for the first time. I love pencils of any kind and am happy to now have watercolor pencils in the colors of the Distress line.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by die cutting Tim's Stacked Squares from heavystock paper.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

First place the squares out on another piece of heavystock paper, moving them around until you are happy with the look. Take a photo and then remove the squares. Use the photo to place the squares where you planned them to be. Glue them down with matte medium. I had to cut a few of the squares into smaller pieces to fill in gaps.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Cut off the squares which went over the edge.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp a part of the design of the large sunflower stamp from Simon Says Stamp Sunflower Garden on the card. I used a Misti for the stamping, particularly since the stamp is so large.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Color the fun flowers with Distress Watercolor Pencils and dissolve with water and a paint brush. Add more color until you are happy with the look.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color with Distress Pencils.

Continue with the rest of the flowers. You can also pick up paint with a paint brush directly from the pencils. I did that for the detailed areas, since I have not sharpened the pencils yet.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink the card with shades of brown Distress Inks. 

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Use two brown pencils to add lines to the edges between the squares, making them stand out more. Disolve with water.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp sentiments on the background. These comes from Simon Says Stamp Real Leaves. Dip the pencil in water and flick a paint brush against the tip to create splatters. Add highlights with a white gel pen and some marks with a black pen.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This is a mess-free way of adding splatters and adds texture.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

It is easy to stamp across the lines, but I tried to keep the shorter words on the same square.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add some lines and scribbles with a black pen and dots for highlights with a white gel pen.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I took a photo of the sunflowers in my garden as inspiration for the coloring.

Layers of ink - Blocked Background for Stamping Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Finish the card by matting it on yellow and cream cardstock and then on folded brown cardstock. I also added brads in the corners. 



Thank you so much for stopping by here today and don't miss the STAMPtember® fun at Simon Says Stamp.




Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Crown Artist Trading Card

Hi friends! It is Monday again and I hope you had a good weekend. 

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This week we have a Sparkle and Shine theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. The challenge is dedicated to Queen Elisabeth. Don't miss the beautiful project by our September guest designer Anita Rao aka Beads, Charms and Wire

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made an Artist Trading Card in celebration of Queen Elisabeth's life. I wanted to use a small crown stamp and on an ATC even a small stamp can take center stage. 

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp with Tim Holtz Mini Ornates.

I cut an ATC (2.5 x 3.5 in) from Ranger Heavystock cardstock and gold embossed the crown from Tim Holtz Mini Ornates on the card.

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink the card with Distress Ink using an ink-blending tool.

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp the distressed frame from Mini Ornates on the card with Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Royal ink.

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut Simon Says Stamp Card Corners from Tim Holtz gold kraft paper. Fold and sand the edges. Ink with brown ink.

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also stamped the card with the script stamp from Mini Ornates, using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Glue the corners to the card.

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This frame stamp is an old favorite of mine. 

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment sticker comes from Tim Holtz Metallic Sticker Book. To make it really stand out, I matted it on Simon Says Stamp Gold Glitter paper, Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock and finally Gold kraft paper. It was adhered with Simon Says Stamp foam tape.

Layers of ink - Crown Artist Trading Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Gumdrop heart.

The idea-ology Gumdrop Heart was colored with Poppyfield Alcohol Ink.

I hope you will join us this week in our Shine and Sparkle challenge. You have a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





During this month, STAMPtember® is celebrated at Simon Says Stamp - a whole month dedicated to stamps and stamping, with so much inspiration and many surprises.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Autumn Leaves Resist Technique

Hi friends! Today I have an autumn tag to share with a fun resist technique, which you can use for many types of projects.

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Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Simon Says Stamp Real Leaves stamp set.

Since it is STAMPtember® at Simon Says Stamp I am focusing mainly on stamping techniques this month. This is a fun resist technique using dye ink and heat embossing and creating bright stamped impressions on a darker background. The leaves were stamped with Simon Says Stamp Real Leaves.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Ink the tag with Distress Ink.

Start by inking a heavystock tag with Distress Inks in autumn shades.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Clear emboss Simon Says Stamp Real Leaves.

Emboss leaves from Simon Says Stamp Real Leaves with clear embossing powder. Always be careful when using a heat tool and don't touch the melted powder until it has cooled down completely.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink the tag with darker shades of ink. I used brown and a little black. The embossing will resist the ink and preserve the brighter background. Wipe ink off from the leaves.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Apply a little Sizzix Luster Wax Gold around the edges for a warm autumn glow.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Apply Ranger Stickles glitter gel.

I wanted one additional element in the background and decided to apply Ranger Starshine Stickles Glitter Gel through Tim Holtz Bubble stencil here and there.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut Simon Says Stamp Acorn Trio.

Die cut Simon Says Stamp Acorn Trio from heavystock paper. These dies were from the STAMPtember® release.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink with Distress Ink, making the hats darker.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue together at least five layers of acorns to create dimension. Shape the body a little and adhere the hat with foam tape. I used Simon Says Stamp new foam tape.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Simon Says Stamp Real Leaves stamp set.

All the textured areas on the leaves will pick up the brown ink, making it look like the leaves were stamped with bright ink on a dark background. Sentiments were stamped with brown ink and cut into strips. This one comes from Real Leaves.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Adhere the Acorns with foam tape for more dimension.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp Sassy Thankful set and was stamped with Pawsitively Sherbet ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Ink the edges slightly and adhere with foam tape.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also glued some copper sequins to the tag. This sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp Forest Scenery. 

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Stickles glitter gel adds interest and glitter, while still blending into the background.

Layers of ink - Autumn Leaves Resist Technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

By gluing die cuts together, you can make dimensional embellishments also with wafer-thin dies.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Try it out with different types of stamps and color combinations.




Thank you so much for stopping by here today and don't miss the STAMPtember® fun at Simon Says Stamp.




Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin


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