Thursday, January 20, 2022

Simon Says Stamp And Back Again Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp And Back Again blog hop, to celebrate the release of the To The Moon and the And Back Again releases. If you are following along the hop, you have come here from the wonderful Keisha Charles.

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 To The Moon and And Back Again releases are full of wonderful new stamps, stencils, dies, reinkers and other products. You can find the To The Moon release here and the And Back Again release here. If you use the code GNOMIE you will get the cute 3x4 Love Gnome stamp set FREE with purchase! This promotion will expire 1/23 at 11:59 pm EST.



My 'And Back Again' parcel hasn't arrived yet, so I used products from To The Moon. I made an art journal page and a tag. Both are tutorials. 

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Let's start with the art journal page, which has a heart theme and a mixed media background. You can use the techniques for card making too. I worked in my Dylusions Small Creative Flip Journal

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by coating an art journal page with gesso, aiming for an uneven result.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

When dry, apply texture paste through one of the Polka Hearts stencils. Let dry and then repeat to cover the page.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Paint with watered-down Distress Paint and mist with more water to blend the colors.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Use the Polka Hearts stencil with the vertical heart design and ink with Ground Espresso.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp here and there with the Chevron Pattern stamp and Island Blue ink.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

You can leave the background as it was or, for a grungier look, add shading to the dots and splatter some black paint on the page.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink through the Stylized Heart stencil with Distress Ink, aiming for an ombre look.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, melt and cut out. Be very careful when using a heat tool and never touch the melted powder until it has cooled down completely.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut a Dotted Heart from old book paper and ink the edges. Stamp sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Mixed Labels on the margins in an old book. Cut into strips. This stamp set is from the Handmade Holiday release.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp one more sentiment and cut into a strip. Add design tape and label tape to the background.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The label was stamped with brown ink on the margins of an old book paper. Cut out or use the coordinating Mixed Labels die set.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The inky hearts almost sinks into the paste dots, creating a layered look.

Layers of ink - Hearts Mixed Media Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The edges and texture of the gesso shows clearly after you have painted the page.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The second project is a tag with a dry embossed color-blocked background. This is a fun and quick technique which is perfect to use together with scrap paper.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by adhering squares of colored and patterned paper on the background, overlapping slightly. I used a mix of Tim Holtz Backdrops and Warm Kraft Stock paper.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Emboss in the Simon Says Stamp Geometric Lattice folder. (Sorry about the bad photo)

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Sand the edges lightly and ink with brown ink.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Die cut the Dotted Heart from pieces of Tim Holtz Backdrops paper.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also die cut the heart from Simon Says Stamp Gold Glitter and Vellum paper.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Shape the hearts and staple them together, off-setting the gold glitter heart slightly.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

By off-setting the gold glitter heart, the gold also shows through the dots.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

You can make these in any color and they are great for small pieces of scrap paper.

Layers of ink - Hearts Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The label comes from Mixed Labels and was stamped on heavystock paper. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

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 26th of January.

Your next stop on the hop is Bibi Cameron who will share beautiful inspiration with you.

Here are all the stops along the hop:











Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)





For more And Back Again and To The Moon inspiration remember to check out the And Back Again and To The Moon galleries 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. 

This is the first blog hop for the And Back Again release, don't miss blog hop day number 2 tomorrow.



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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* 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.

61 comments:

  1. Wonderful colors and textures. Love how you did those hearts.

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  2. I love your mixed media and texture! Great layers!

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  3. Love your bohemian vibe. My fave of these offerings is Every day is a treasure... the teal/aqua heart. So pretty!
    Lori S in PA

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  4. That embossing folder adds sooo much! Love all of these. They're so funky and unique

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  5. WOW, your You Warm My Heart tag is incredible!!! I love every single thing you did to make this spectacular. You are so creative and talented....

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  6. "You warm my heart" I love it!

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  7. Wonderful mixed media journal and tags! Very creative and artistic!

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  8. Really Beautiful!! Love them both!!!

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  9. I like the greens and blues on the first card. Neat.

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  10. oh my - your mixed media projects are simply breath taking - love all the texture and colors you have used

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  11. Anna-Karin, your journal page is stunning! Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial. :)
    Angie
    abcammack@comcast.net

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  12. Love the dry embossed color-blocked background technique on your tag. The embossing folder ties all the colors together! So cool.

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  13. Wonderful cards, colors and textures!

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  14. Gorgeous journal page, and your tag is fantastic!

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  15. Wonderful projects, great techniques. Love them!

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  16. I haven't tried art journaling, but this is very inspiring.

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  17. Wow! What a creative and beautiful array of cards. I especially love the heart cut out of a book page. Love is in the air.

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  18. I love mixed media and these are so awesome! Love all the beautiful elements and dimension.

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  19. Awesome projects! Love the mixed media journal page….

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  20. Mixed media at it's best! Wonderful work!

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  21. The little stacked & stitched hearts on the tag are so cute. I love that extra little touch.

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  22. Your mixed media journaling page made a great card! Your tag is perfect
    with glitter & vellum hearts!

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  23. Love all the hearts and the textures!

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  24. gorgeous projects!! so many layers and textures, love it!

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  25. Lovely journal mixes media page and adorable tag.

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  26. Love your mixed media approach!

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  27. Nice look at the created layers.

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  28. Fantastic projects! I love the backgrounds and those layered hearts!

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  29. Such a great release. Such great inspiration along the hop including yours. Lots of great products to work with. Thank you for inspiring us.

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  30. That is incredible. I like the look of mixed media but I never know how to go about achieving it. (I was actually planning on practicing this weekend) I love the bubble wrap hearts.

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  31. Howdy Anna-Karin, ooh this came out great. Wonderful use of SSS products, To The Moon. I'm sure your make for And Back Again products would've been equally beautiful!.

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  32. Bummer that your package didn't arrive
    in time for you to play with it. You
    substituted some great ideas. Love the
    layered heart on the tag. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Incredible cards. Love the mixed media. Thanks for sharing

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  34. Love the mixed media but man oh man it intimidates me! Your creations are fabulous! Bummer your package didn't arrive but you knocked it out of the park with regardless! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. The textures are marvelous, Anna-Karin. Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day.

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  36. WOW! Love these projects. Very creative!

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  37. Your mixed media is SO creative! Your hearts are SO fabulous along with everything else. Thank you for sharing!

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  38. I have just recently started playing with mixed media and I am hooked!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  39. Wow!! Your projects are amazing!! I love all the layers and textures you've used on your clever designs.Thanks for the great inspiration. Stay safe! :)

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  40. You always come up with such inventive ways of using the supplies. Sorry your hearts didn't arrive in time, but we'll watch for projects with those later.

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  41. Amazing! I've not used the gesso... I love this idea- and those hessrts!!

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  42. I love the art journal page. And the tag is very cute.

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  43. So many delightful layers to both of your projects. Such wonderful inspiration!

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  44. Great stuff. Love those layered hearts!

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  45. Amazing projects, Anna-Karin. Love the colors.

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  46. Wow, these are fantastic! Those layered hearts with the golden glitter peeking out - LOVE!

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  47. Gorgeous cards! I love the colors and textures.

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  48. gorgeous colors, I love all of these cards!

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  49. Wow, your projects are amazing!

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  50. Great journal page and tag...love all the dimension and eye catching elements.

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  51. Interesting projects! Thanks for sharing your process.

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