Sunday, May 21, 2023

Simon Says Stamp Dear Friend Blog HOp

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am so happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop to celebrate the new Dear Friend release. If you are following along in the hop, you should have come here from the creative Keisha Charles.

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Simon Says Stamp Dear Friend Blog Hop


The Dear Friend release is full of wonderful new and versatile stamps, stencils, dies, ink and sequins. You can find the entire Dear Friend release here. 

Simon Says Stamp Dear Friend Blog Hop


I made a tag, which you can easily turn into a card if you want to.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

In the Dear Friend release there are sheets of White Foam, which is so much fun! I haven't fun foam for years and think the last time that I used it was when helping to decorate the stage for a pre-primary school show of my eldest. Fun Foam is very versatile and great to use with thin dies. You can get the same kind of dimension as you could from chipboard. 

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut Simon Says Stamp Fancy Hello.

I started by die cutting Simon Says Stamp Fancy Hello from the White Foam Sheets five times. The die cuts through the foam like it was butter.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut hello from Simon Says Stamp Fun Foam.

Glue them to the background with Matte Medium and add another layer of medium on top. 

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Coat with gesso.

When dry, cover the background with gesso.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint with Distress Paint.

When the gesso is dry, paint the tag with Distress Ink and mist heavily with water to blend. Let dry (it may take a while).

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add Ranger Stickles.

Next, I added Sizzix Ivory Luster Wax around the edges and on the words. Next, I added Moon Dust Stickles Glitter Gel to the words. It covered up the wax to some extent, but you can still see the pearlescent shine.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp one of the sweet images from Caring Thoughts on watercolor paper. The images on this set are so sweet and I also really like the sentiments.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Watercolor the image with Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated inks.

Dear Friend comes with two sets of Pawsitively Saturated inks, with six inks in each set, Pink Blooms and Gray Skies. I used three from each set to watercolor the little mouse, as well as two green inks. Smear the ink on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and use a paint brush to watercolor. 

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Die cut with the coordinating die.

Die cut the mouse with the coordinating die.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp and die cut hearts and stamp two sentiments.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I thought the white paper that I stamped the sentiments on was too stark, but instead of restamping on cream paper, I coated the papers with the Sizzix Ivory Luster Wax. It is hard to photograph the effect, but in real life, it now looks like pearlescent paper. The touch of pink was caused by me having pink ink on my fingers.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I like the effect of the repeated fun foam words in the background. Since it is fun foam, it hardly added any weight to the card and the words have a nice soft look and feel to them. 

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The image was watercolored loosely, leaving some of the white paper for highlights. It was adhered with Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Perfect Foam Tape.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also added Peony sequins from the Dear Friend release. I use the wonderful new Place and Score Embellishment Wand when placing the sequins down on dots of Simon Says Stamp glue. It works great!

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here you can see the effect of the Luster Wax and the glitter gel.

Layers of ink - Dear Friend Mixed Media Tag tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The ribbon was dyed with two of Rose and Bubblegum Pawsitively Saturated inks from the Pink Blooms 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 24nd of May.

Your next stop on the hop is Heather Ruwe. Don't miss to see the wonderful project she has created. If you get lost along the way, here are all the stops:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

For more inspiration, remember to check out the Dear Friend gallery at Simon Says Stamp, and if you make something with products from the range, it is fun if you post it in the galleries too. There are galleries for all releases, and for the card kits, full of inspiration.

This is the second Just For You blog hop, don't miss blog hop day number 1 which was yesterday.



Thank you so much for stopping by here today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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67 comments:

  1. Love the watercoloured mouse! So pretty

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  2. What a great tag! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a beautiful mixed media tag! Love it!

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  4. I love the mixed media tag! So beautiful and different!

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  5. Your coloring is AMAZING. The little mouse is just too cute, but the whole thing is AMAZING

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  6. The tag is gorgeous. I'd keep it on
    display after I'd opened the present.
    thanks for sharing.

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  7. Gorgeous tag! I would frame it after opening it up. Wow! Thank you for the inspiration today.

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  8. Your tag is so cute and creative! Lovely work!

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  9. I love the way you watercolored the mouse, altogether it makes for a story book feel, so cute!

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  10. Wow, what a great mixed media tag, and that little critter is just the cutest nugget ever!

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  11. Gotta love an awesome mixed media product! 😍

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  12. Incredibly pretty tag, with so many gorgeous techniques. Thanks so much for the inspiration and chance to win
    Pauline xx

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  13. Love the tag background - this hello die is lovely!

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  14. OMG what a fabulous mix media tag - thanks for sharing it

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  15. Wow, there is so much to look at and discover on this tag! I love the repeated hello with foam - very cool!

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  16. I've never been able to make tags like you do, but I still love them anyway! I'm so glad you used that die, since I have one coming. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Wow! What an amazing tag- it could be used as home decor, it's so pretty! I love all the mixed media!

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  18. Your tag is stunning -- I'd display it in my living room!

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  19. Absolutely stunning tag!! So much detail and dimension

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  20. Wow! So many techniques that are new to me!

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  21. What a great tag! Love this technique. Thank you so much.

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  22. My goodness! Your tag is gorgeous - I LOVE everything about it! Thanks for your create-notes too! VERY helpful!

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  23. Your mixed media tag is amazing! Love the colors and lace!

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  24. Wow!!!! This is Gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

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  25. Love all the techniques..I haven't used collage medium in ages, and using the Distress paints, too! (Love the mouse, he's so cute!)

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  26. Love your mixed media tag with the adorable critter. Great project!

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  27. Wonderful tag! So clever! Great release.

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  28. The tag is gorgeous. I love the layers and depth to the entire design.

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  29. Wowza, this is fantastic! Love the "hello" background!

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  30. This tag is amazing. I am inspired to try this in my journal.

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  31. Your techniques for the tag are very interesting. I don't have the talent to do that, but I admire your skills.

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  32. Amazing layers and elements in your tag.

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  33. Love the mixed media vibe!
    Thanks for walking us through your creative process step by step.

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  34. Your mix media tag is beautiful

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  35. Wow...great mixed media tag.

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  36. Great tag. Thanks for the great details.

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  37. Beautiful layers. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Gorgeous! I need to try this technique!

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  39. Wonderful colors and textures on your tag! Love the adorable mouse!

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  40. I haven't done a lot of mixed media, but the little I have done I know takes a lot of time! Yours is adorable and I appreciate all your hard work. Very creative! 🥰

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  41. Adorable. Love the mixed media look. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Love that card! Thank you for teaching me a new technique!

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  43. This is so fabulous with the fun foam Hellos, mixed media and watercolors!!! You are so clever and it has been a long time since I made fun foam things!! This is great!!

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  44. That's a work of art (and heart)

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  45. This tag is just precious. Love it!!

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  46. OMG this has to be the cutest tag ever. Love it

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  47. Your tag is SO cute!! Love your colors!

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  48. Way cool tag. So much going on, love it.

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  49. Such a darling tag!! I absolutely love it!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Migdalia's Crafts

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  50. Wow! What a creative piece! I love this tag!

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  51. Wow! - This was amazing and so cute! Enjoyed reading the process of how you created this tag as well.

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  52. What a beautiful tag! Thanks for being so detailed on your process!

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  53. Your tag is lovely. I really enjoy pink and brown. Love the cheesecloth you used and all the embellishments. I need one of these tags. I'd use it as a book mark. [Bunny]

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  54. I have to say that I'm not a mixed media person but your tags are so beautiful. And its purely that I can't seem to make it good enough, I know to critical!

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  55. I love the way the spray pigments pooled around the letters.

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  56. I love ideas for mixed media projects!

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