Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Yellow Flower Tutorial

Hi friends! I have a little card to share today made the Eileen Hull inspiration team, using Eileen's new Paper Flower Party Sizzix collection, which will be available in May. 

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
There are gorgeous flower dies in the new collection, and you'll be able to make a lot of different flowers, especially by mixing the various shapes. Here, I used the Spring Leaves and Heart & Soul Flower dies. The stamps on this little card are by Darkroom Door.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
These dies are both very versatile, with four different leaves on the Spring Leaves one and four shapes of flowers on the Heart & Soul Flower. Since they are both Bigz dies, you'll be able to die cut them from thick materials too. Layer all the flowers together, or use just one kind.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
 The flowers were inked with three shades of yellow Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
Stamp them with a Torn Text background stamp, using Buttercup and Dandelion Archival Ink.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
Ink a leaf with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint and stamp with a texture stamp, and Peeled Paint.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
You can use the Recipe Card die to make a cute little card (3 x 4 in). For the background, I used an inky watercolour paper left-over from a long ago project. It was made by inking a large acrylic block with Distress Inks, misting generously with water and then stamping the block on the paper. Fold the paper and place it just inside one of the cutting lines on the die.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
The tree stamp from Wilderness Vol. 1 was inked with Peeled Paint and I added brown details with a Ground Espresso marker. Mist with water, about four times, and stamp. Repeat to also cover the back of the card.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
The sentiment was stamped with Ground Espresso Archival Ink, from Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media palette. For more info on this ink palette, check out yesterday's post Distressed Metal Tag.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
Shape the flower petals and layer them together. Stitch a button to the center. I also added a piece of paper twine, twisted around a pencil.

Layers of ink - Yellow Flower Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull
The card almost looks nicer folded out, and I like the idea of the recipient discovering that the scene continues on the back.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I am looking forward to make more dimensional flowers with the Paper Flower Party dies in the future.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Distressed Metal Tag



Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend! We had really weird weather yesterday; cold, with snow, hail and sun at the same time. Thank you to everyone who commented on my Simon Says Stamp My Favorite blog hop post, I had such fun reading all the comments. It is Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and this week the challenge is Show us your Metal. Metal is one of my favourite materials.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
I made a distressed metal tag. Without much of a plan, I started tearing foil tape and applying it to manila cardstock, from which I die cut a tag. After spotting some left-over Tim Holtz rub-ons on my desk, I started applying them to the tag and really liked the result, so much that I almost didn't want to cover it up. 

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
After applying the rub-ons, I sanded the tag (I usually do that outdoors) and then applied alcohol ink to make the metal look old and worn. 

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
While I was working on the background, the mail came and I got a parcel from Simon Says Stamp with some new Tim Holtz stamps, such as Vintage Auto, Dapper and Label Frames. They were inked up within five minutes, which might be a record.

On the Distress Archival Ink Mixed Media pad, you get four different pads. It is great value, and if you also get the reinkers, it will last a very long time. I use my Jet Black Archival Ink on a daily basis, and I have never gotten a new ink pad, I simply reink it when needed. A label was stamped with the Vintage Photo Archival Ink on manila cardstock. I stamped the car with Black Soot, and the text and numbers with a Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo, stamping on scrap paper once first.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
Since Archival Inks are permanent, nothing will happen to them when you use techniques involving water, in difference to Distress Inks which are meant to react with water. Smear Pumice Stone on a craft sheet, mist with water and press the label into the ink. When dry, I inked the edges with Ground Espresso and used the Distress Spritzer tool and a Black Soot marker to add more texture.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
I love the gold and silver Deco Sheets and was happy to see that they now also come as tape. A piece of the thicker silver tape was folded over on itself to create a glittery ribbon. But it was a little too bright for the tag, so I distressed it with Teakwood and Pitch Black alcohol ink. The two thinner pieces on the tag got the same treatment. The Deco Tape remains wonderfully shiny, but now with more of a vintage look.
 
 Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
I glued a few Mirrored Stars to the tag.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
The label was folded and shaped a little and I added two gears distressed with alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
I also thought the Nailheads and Hex Fasteners idea-ology pieces fit on the tag, with a little Pitch Black ink on top. 

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
Here you can see the cool metal finish of the tag, and the distressed Deco Tape. You can also use brighter colours of alcohol ink, for a different look. I think Stream and Lettuce will look great, for instance.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
Under the label, I glued an Adornment Arrow, wrapped with a piece of wire, from which a Typed Token is hanging. All were distressed with alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Distressed Metal Tag by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz stamps and idea-ology.
And here's a better look at the Deco Tape ribbon, tied to the tag.

I hope you will join us in our Show us your Metal 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.


If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




If you use instagram add #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads, so that we can see them on there too.




Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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