Monday, March 27, 2017

Green Textures Layout

Hello friends! This weekend we really had spring weather and spent hours outdoors each day. On Sunday, Leo and I walked in one of our favourite forests. He loves being outdoors and goes and gets his shoes and overall when he sees that someone is planning to go out.


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a Things With Wings challenge. It is the last week for our March guest designer Linda Kunsman. Be sure to check out her gorgeous project.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

I was in the mood for a scrapbooking layout this week and found these photos from a hike in the Drakensberg in South Africa, from some years back. I like all the shades of green on these photos and the fact that I am standing on the path with my camera in my hand on the top one. The papers are from the lovely Nature Sketchbook release by Graphic 45.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

I love this paper from the 8 x 8 in pad, with its organic shapes. All the edges of the papers were distressed and I stitched them to the background with my sewing machine.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

The layout was inspired by this lovely quote, which is a shortened version of a quote which I always liked. I looked for the origins of the quote and it is often said to be by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but that might not be the case.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

The papers have lovely vintage floral and butterfly prints. I cut out butterflies from the papers too. The title was die cut with the Block Talk Lowercase die.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

And another lovely quote. I really like quotes, as you might already know, and these fit so well together with my photos.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

The photos are placed on a folded piece of black cardstock, because I wanted space for journaling and for an extra photo. It opens up and I wrote the journaling with a white pen and also added some more vintage images from Nature Sketchbook.

I really hope you will join us in our Things with wings challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.


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Thank you so much for stopping by here today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial

Hello everyone! Spring is here, and we had lovely weather yesterday. Right now, a tiny bit of snow is falling, but I hope it won't be more than that. This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we have a Layer It Up theme. 



Don't miss our guest designer Linda Kunsman and the pretty projects that she made this week.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I love creating with lots of layers, and for this accordion Easter card, I used layers of paint, stamping, heat embossing, texture paste and cheese cloth. At first glance, it might not look particularly layered, but that is one of the wonders of layers, they can add texture and interest, even when you don't spot the singular layers themselves. I used newly released Simon Says Stamp New Beginnings dies and stamps. If you don't want to make an accordion card, each of the panels can become an Easter, or spring, card on its own. 

If you look closely at the photo above, you'll spot a stone behind the first panel. It was windy when I took these photos and the accordion kept attempting to escape by flying away.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I used Spring Seeds and More Spring Flowers with their coordinating dies. These stamps are really sweet.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

To create my eggs, I used Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals and die cut them from Mixed Media Heavystock cardstock. The die embosses a border, giving you an instant layer.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Two of the eggs were die cut with the SSS Oval of Flowers and Floral Dot Collage dies. I ended up not using the one to the right, but only decided that right at the end. When die cutting, use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform to make sure the die stays in place.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Coat them with gesso.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Paint with Distress Paints and before the paint is completely dry, rub some of it off with a paper towel.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The eggs were stamped with the You Matter stamp using coordinating tones of Archival Ink.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I added Enamel Accents to the flowers of the yellow egg - this is the egg I ended up not using. I might use it on a card later on.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Add one more layer by white embossing grasses and leaves from the More Spring Flowers set.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Finally, I added one more layer with stencils and texture paste. I mixed a little white paint into the paste first, because the paste sometimes soaks up colored Archival Ink and I wanted to make it more opaque so that the ink wouldn't show.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

All four images from Spring Seeds were stamped on the smooth side of Ranger's watercolor paper. Next, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The images were watercolored with Distress Inks. Smear the inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I taped a strip of cardstock along the back of the eggs to keep them together. Since oval shapes don't stand up very easily, I also gave the eggs supporting feet at the back.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I tore some cheese cloth and placed between the images and the background. I also stamped, colored and die cut strands of grass from the More Spring Flowers set. Here you see the accordion folded up.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

If you look closely, you can see the layers of the faux-stitched edges, paint, stamping, paste and cloth.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

And below the images, you'll find the white embossing. You could also pick either texture paste of white embossing.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

This cute bunny stamp is my favourite. Stamp sentiments in the space provided.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Texture paste is very efficient when it comes to adding a layered feeling to a project.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I die cut a vellum egg and glued it behind the flower egg. You could also turn it into a shaker.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The word was die cut from watercolor paper and painted with Cracked Pistachio.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I like texture paste rose showing at the top of this panel.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The last panel features this pretty and delicate image. If you use a different sentiment, it can work many different themes. The flowers and leaves are so pretty.

Layers of ink - Easter Egg Accordion Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I really hope you will join us in our Layer It Up challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.


Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 


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Thank you so much for visiting today!!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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