Monday, April 24, 2017

Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial

Hello everyone! I hope you had some crafty time this weekend! I managed to do the finishing touches on a project that I'll post later this week. Yesterday, I was really happy to find a new walking path through a lovely forest along a lake. Ever since I was little, when I visit certain places, such as lakes, I often wish that I could see the opposite side of the lake too. The new path happened to go along the edge of a lake right across from a beach we often go to during summer, and I have many times thought that I wanted to walk along that opposite shoreline. So now I got to do it and it was a really wonderful walk. We'll certainly go back there soon again.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, our theme is 'We've got your number'. Fun! Don't miss the last project from our April guest designer Amy Bethke. It is a really stunning and vibrant project.
 

If you are in the vicinity, don't miss the Simon Says Stamp CREATE event, which takes place April 28-29, 2017. The tickets are sold out, but there is an on-site store and awesome Create and Takes, open for the public. You can read more about it here on the Simon Says Stamp blog. I sure wish I could go! :)

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this theme, a scrapbooking layout for our recent two-year old. I can't believe Leo is already two, time sure flies. I took a lot of photos on his birthday and picked this set where he plays with one of his new toys. There are a lot of different numbers, and you will see them more clearly below. I took some step photos too, and the techniques work for any type of project, as usual.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin with stencils by Tim Holtz

I worked on watercolor paper and started with a layer of gesso. When that was dry, I mixed shades of grey, to fit with his clothes, and added Glazing Medium to the mixes. The medium makes the paint dry slower. Apply the paint with a palette knife and before it dries, rub off paint with a cloth through stencils. I used Tim Holtz's Splotches and Numeric stencils.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin with stamps by Dina Wakley and Wendy Vecchi

When the paint was dry, I stamped the background with circle stamps. The smaller ones are from Dina Wakley's Circle Patterns set, and the large one is the Circle Collage stamp by Wendy Vecchi. I love circle stamps.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Using the number two from Tim's Type Lower and Block Lower foam stamp sets, I stamped numbers all over the pages with yellow paint. Clean the stamps before the paint dries.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Mix a little yellow paint into texture paste and apply through a Polkadot stencil.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamps

The Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Wild Cuddle Critters set was perfect for this page, especially since the same animals appear on Leo's clothes. I also have a hard time not adding a lion theme here and there for him, since he is our little lion after all.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The animals were watercolored with Distress Inks. Smear inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. There is also a coordinating set of dies.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I used papers from My Favorite Things and stamped them with a number background stamp, using yellow ink.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Here's a closer look at the individual pages. The photo at the top is my favourite. Leo is wearing a cute outfit that my Mom made for him for his birthday. 

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

It is easy to create this type of layered background with paint, stencils, stamps and paste and you can make it fit any theme.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I wanted to add a soft feeling and wool felt is perfect for that. You was die cut from white wool felt and numbers from a dark grey.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The hearts were also die cut from white wool felt. I used sentiments from different Simon Says Stamp sets all over the page.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

This lion stamp is so cute! I added a heart to him too, and stamped a heart row from the same stamp set here and there with Watering Can ink.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The sentiment stickers are from Tim Holtz's Quotations metallic sticker set.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

Leo loves vehicles, especially airplanes and these blocks make sounds if you pair up the two parts of a vehicle correctly. You can see that he is listening for sounds on one of the photos.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

The cute giraffe, and another heart.

Layers of ink - Numbers and Circles Layout Tutorial by Anna-Karin

I wrote the journaling on cards from Simple Stories and tucked them behind the ledger paper on the second page.

I really hope you will join us in our We've Got Your Number 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 visiting today! Have a lovely week!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin 

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