Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stamping on Black Cardstock Tutorial

Hello all! STAMPtember continues at Simon Says Stamp, and today I am sharing a stamping technique tutorial on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

This week we have a rock the techniques stamping challenge, and I am sure you already know that I love stamps.
I recently got Ranger's new black cardstock and since I don't often stamp on black cardstock I challenged myself to do some glimmery and shimmery stamping on black cardstock. I am sharing three different techniques in the tutorial.

I hope you'll join us in our challenge this week. As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

To see my full tutorial, head over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

Happy STAMPtember!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Artist Trading Block Tutorial

Hello and welcome! I have a tutorial to share today for the September Art With Heart challenge over at Eileen Hull. I hope you are following Eileen on her two month Papertrail road trip.
I made an Autumn Artist Trading Block, using blueprint stamps by Tim Holtz. You could work directly on the mat board, but for this block, I wanted distressed edges, so I used watercolour paper on top of the mat board.
Start by die cutting the largest block on the 3-D Blocks/Cubes die (the die contains three block sizes) from cream mat board. The die both cuts and scores the material. Die cut it also from watercolour paper and cut the squares apart from each other with a craft knife.

Stamp four blueprint leaves using Archival Jet Black ink. It is important to use a waterproof ink.

Smear Distress Inks on your craft sheet and mist with Biscotti Perfect Pearls. Pick up with a paint brush and colour the squares. I also added a fifth square, for the top of the block.

When dry, splatter with some Walnut Stain ink. Smear on your craft sheet, mist with water, pick up with a paint brush and tap the paint brush. This is a favourite technique of mine for adding quick texture, perfect for autumn.

Stamp the squares with a script stamp and Frayed Burlap ink.

Distress all the edges with a Tim Holtz distresser tool. Love this look on watercolour paper. Stitch around the squares with a sewing machine.

Adhere the squares to the block, taking care with the placement of the bottom two (it is easy to place them the wrong way around). Use a strong adhesive, such as Ranger's Wonder Tape to assemble the block.

Here you can see the distressed edges of the block.

The effect of the Perfect Pearls is hard to photograph, it gives a great glimmer to the leaves. You can maybe see it a bit better here.

I love these leaf stamps. Leaves work real well as blueprints.
The distressed edges and the stitching gives the block a nice feeling, you want to reach out and touch it.
My car is parked under an Oak tree and we get a lot of acorns. I wanted to pick some and place on top of the block, but it isn't season for them here now.

Love this quote, so much that I am actually using it for a second project right now.
Thank you so much for looking! I hope you will join in the challenge! There is a great prize to be won.
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board; Canson watercolour paper
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Blocks/Cubes
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Blueprints, Classics #9, Classics #16
Ink: Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Barn Door, Peeled Paint
Perfect Pearls: Ranger Perfect Pearls: Biscotti
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, Chit Chat Stickers; pearls

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rock the Techniques

Hello all! STAMPtember continues at Simon Says Stamp with fantastic stamping inspiration.

This week we have a stamping techniques challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and since I love stamp techniques, I'll be posting a tutorial on Wednesday.
Here's a little sneak peak, lots of shine and glitter as you can see. To see the full project and tutorial, you'll have to check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog on Wednesday.

As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Happy STAMPtember!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Three Languages Layout

Hello all! I hope you are having a good weekend! There is a new CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge. Here's the case file:
My layout:
One of the Curious as a Cat inspiration link had the topic 'how many languages do you speak'. Instead of writing about myself, I did a layout about my son's language development. People sometimes say that it must be confusing to him to grow up with three languages around him, but for Anton it is normal. As he gets older, he has started to be proud of being able to say the same thing three times in different languages, such as 'I love you'. He doesn't speak all three equally well yet, having his own sweet version of English. From the evidence I used: clouds, stripes and triangles. I flipped the sketch around because it worked better with my photos that way.

The background is watercolour paper. Texture paste was applied through two different Tim Holtz stencils with a palette knife. When it was dry, I applied Distress Paint on my craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the paper into the paint. After the paint dried, an alphabet stamp was stamped here and there and I dry-brushed some white paint on the letters.

The title was die cut from mat board, stamped with a definition stamp and inked yellow around the edges.

The clouds/talk bubbles were die cut from mat board, stamped and coated with Glossy Accents. I used Inktense pencils to colour the stamped image.

And of course a few Chit Chat stickers, I keep reaching for them. The journaling is typed on a piece of paper tucked behind the layout because I wrote quite a bit.

Thank you for looking! I hope you'll be able to join us in the challenge this week.

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Daler & Rowney Watercolour paper; Neenah Smooth Solar White; Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Dies: Sizzix: Vintage Market XL, Talk Thought Bubbles
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: School Desk, World Traveler, Classics #11; Hero Arts: Printer's Lowercase LL762
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Mustard Seed
Paint: Distress Paint: Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Picket Fence
Stencils: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Cargo, Measured
Medium: Ranger: Texture Paste, Dina Wakley White Gesso
Pencils: Derwent: Inktense
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers, Symphony Tissue Tape, Elements Tissue Tape, Laboratorie Tissue Tape; cheese cloth

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dragonfly Pond Tag Tutorial

Hello everyone! Have you seen that there is a new Sizzix Challenge? The DT members will share inspiration, and today it is my turn.
I made a transparent tag with dragonfly ovals embossed in a Vintaj folder. The acetate for the background was embossed and I used kraft-core paper to die cut the leaves and swirls.

To see the full tutorial, head over to the Sizzix blog:

Don't miss the challenge, the inspiration photo is gorgeous and you could win an eclipse2 machine.

Happy crafting!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Remember This Art Journal Tutorial

Hello everyone!! It is STAMPtember® at Simon Says Stamp, which means a month full of fun and stamping inspiration. This week we are having a  STAMPtember® blog hop at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Don't miss any of the fabulous posts. The challenge is to use any Simon Says Stamp Exclusive product.
Everybody on the team will share stamping tips and inspiration.
I did a tutorial for an art journal page, using a shadow stamping technique. The technique can just as well be used on any type of project. For a different version check out this tutorial of mine, using stencils, paint and embossing powder instead.
I worked in my Small Creative Journal, but you can do this technique on many different projects. Smear bands of Distress Ink on your craft sheet, in this order: Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, and Salty Ocean. Mist with water and press the page into the ink. Leave to dry. 

White emboss flowers from the new gorgeous Floral Bookmarking set on the page, and stamp a sentiment with Jet Black ink. I really like this quote stamp.
Use the same stamps again and different colours Distress Ink. After inking up the stamp, mist a few times with water, for a watercolour effect. Because the stems and flowers are separate stamps, it is very easy to make the stems green and the flowers various colours. Stamp a little bit to the side of the embossed image, for a shadow effect. The white embossing will resist the ink, but will now be more visible than before, even more so if you use darker inks.

I love this heart background stamp. Ink it up with Salty Ocean, mist with water and stamp randomly on the sky area, then do the same with Shabby Shutters in the grass.

I decided I wanted to use a stencil too, and reached for the Make a Scene one. Apply embossing ink through the cloud and white emboss. Place the stencil back on the cloud, a little to the side, and sponge Salty Ocean through it. Lightly mist the ink with water. Sponge Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn through the grass part of the stencil.

I liked the shadow effect on the cloud and that it by coincidence looks like it is raining hearts.

Isn't it a great quote, perfect for a journal page.

The effect on the flowers is subtle, which is exactly what I was aiming for. You can see that the flower stamped with Aged Mahogany stands out a little more than the others. I really like the shapes of the flowers in this set.

Finally, I added some Tim Holtz rub-ons to support the message of the page.

Here is some info from Simon Says Stamp regarding  STAMPtember®.

Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

I hope you'll join us this week! As always, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.
Your next stop on the blog is the wonderful Ashli Oliver. If you get lost, these are all the stops:

Anna-Karin (you are here)

Have fun and thank you for stopping by here at my blog!
Happy STAMPtember!
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Drawn Heart Background, Floral Bookmarking
Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Make a Scene
Embossing Powder: Ranger White
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, Words Remnant Rubs

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Autumn Brook Scenic Stamping

Hello stampers! It is a new month and of course a new theme at Craft a Scene - Fall Splendour. I hope you can join us in the challenge.
I stamped an autumn scene, using Distress Markers to ink up the stamps, a technique that works real well for the varied and vibrant colours of autumn. I started by stamping the Autumn Brook and Autumn Bank stamps and then continued to add more colour. The scene was stamped on glossy cardstock and coloured with dye inks. I kept the sky and the water pretty light and added some highlights with a white gel pen.
Thank you for visiting today!
Happy stamping!
Stamps: Stampscapes: Migrating Birds 152D, Autumn Brook 212G, Autumn Bank Left 213G, Scenic Sentiment Sheet 6
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Fern Green; Adirondack: Aqua, Stonewashed, Willow, Oregano, Lemonade; Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Forest Moss
Markers: Distress Markers: Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Surfaces: Kromecote glossy cardstock