Friday, November 17, 2017

Whales in the Sea Scenic Stamping

Hi everyone!! I have a scenic stamping piece to share with you today. I have a done a bunch of scenes in my art journals recently, but haven't posted all of them on the blog yet. I really enjoy using scenic stamped pieces in my art journal, instead of making them into cards, and they fit well in the journals since I often aim to convey a specific feeling or theme in my scenic pieces.

Layers of ink - Whales in the Sea Scenic Stamping by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This page was inspired by the lovely Stampscapes Whale Breaching stamp. Both my boys are very interested in animals and we have a couple of books at home about sea animals, with the whales and sharks are big favourites. Leo, in fact calls all whales, fish and sharks for 'shark' (it is 'haj' in Swedish, which is easy to pronounce). Yesterday, he pointed at Nemo and called him a shark, which was pretty funny.

On this page, I wanted to create a dramatic night-time scene, where the whales are playing in the waves. I went with a monochrome color scheme, using mainly turquoise. The scene was done on glossy cardstock and colored with dye inks.

Layers of ink - Whales in the Sea Scenic Stamping by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I started out by stamping the images with Archival ink. The waves were stamped repeatedly with the Waves Medium and Waves Small stamps, using both first and second impressions (without reinking).

Layers of ink - Whales in the Sea Scenic Stamping by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used a Colorbox Stylus Tool with an oval tip to color the scene and started with the lightest shade. It is often easier to start with the lightest shade and gradually build up color. I wanted a kind of wispy looking sky and worked roughly and quickly. Shine and mist were added with white pigment ink, applied with a Q-tip. It is better to do several light layers than to add too much ink at once.

Highlights were added with a white gel pen.

Layers of ink - Whales in the Sea Scenic Stamping by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I stamped the Whale Breaching stamp three times and for the third one, I used a piece of torn printer paper as a mask, so that the whale would be lower in the water.

Layers of ink - Whales in the Sea Scenic Stamping by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Finally, I used a sticker for a small sentiment. After rounding two of the corners, I adhered it into my Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Journal. If you want to see step photos for this process of coloring a scenic stamped piece, check out my Train Ride scenic stamping tutorial. For another scene in an art journal, there's the Forest Walk. I also did a tutorial on using different media to color scenic pieces, which is called Colour Love.
Kevin Nakagawa from Stampscapes also has a great YouTube channel and posts new videos often. Don't miss checking it out. 

Thank you so much for stopping by here today and I hope you will have a great weekend!

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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Clearsnap Colorbox STYLUS HANDLES 3 PACK
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Clearsnap Colorbox OVAL BLENDER...
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Dyan Reaveley SMALL CREATIVE JOURNAL
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSS PAPER
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Clearsnap Colorbox FROST WHITE INK PAD
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Sakura WHITE MEDIUM POINT Gelly Roll...
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MERMAID...
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRACKED...
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK...
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad HICKORY...
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Ranger TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology QUOTATIONS...
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Hero Arts Rubber Stamp SMALL BLOCK...
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Hero Arts Rubber Stamp CLEAR ACRYLIC...
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Hero Arts Rubber Stamp CLEAR ACRYLIC...
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We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER...
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3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER
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3M Scotch ATG 0.25 Inch GOLD REFILL TAPE
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger

Hello friends! Did you have a good weekend? We went to see Paddington 2 at the movies and thought it was really great. There is a lovely vintage handmade pop-up book in the movie and there is even a scrapbook showing at the end of the movie. It is not so often that papercraft features in a movie. 



This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a It's a Stitch Up challenge (stitching real or faux). I hope you will join us! And don't miss the lovely project by our November guest designer Suman Pandit.

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Tim Holtz idea-ology

I was looking through the papers in Tim Holtz's Christmas paper stash and couldn't make up my mind about which ones I wanted to use, so I decided to use a whole bunch of them and make a patchwork wall-hanger. I started by cutting out the top-left panel from the paper with lots of different squares in the pad, and made all the rest of the squares that same size (1.77 in or 4.5 cm). The whole wall-hanger is 6.7 in (17 cm).

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz idea-ology

The edges of all the squares were distressed and I adhered adhesive only in the center of the squares, to hold them in place while I did the sewing. I pulled the top threads through to the back and tied them so that I know that they are secure and won't come lose. The sentiments were cut from one of the patterned papers.

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz idea-ology

The squares were layered on burlap, a larger piece of patterned paper, distressed silver metallic paper and finally watercolor paper. I only stitched through the first two layers, and then glued the remaining ones together with Matte Medium.

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz idea-ology

The patterned papers are the focus of this piece and I only added a few idea-ology embellishments and die cut pieces. I love the shape of this branch from the Festive Greens set and die cut it from silver paper. I also really like the Beaded Berries.

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz idea-ology

The new Fluted Stars are lovely too. 

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Festive Greens

I also die cut pine branches and pine cones, from the same Festive Greens set.

Layers of ink - Christmas Patchwork Wall-hanger by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz idea-ology

The birds also come from the page in the paper stash which contains many different squares.

I hope you will join us this week in our It's a Stitch Up challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 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.





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




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Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Mini Paper...
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Tim Holtz Sizzix FESTIVE GREENS Thinlits
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology BEADED BERRIES
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology FLUTED STARS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper...
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper...
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DCWV Cardstock 6 x 6 BURLAP Paper Stack
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology METALLIC Trimmings
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE
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Tim Holtz Tonic PAPER DISTRESSER
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE
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Sizzix MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM STANDARD...
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Sizzix PURPLE WITH SILVER GLITTER
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We R Memory Keepers CROP-A-DILE
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We R Memory Keepers COOL METAL
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