Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gifts to Die For eBook

Hi everyone!  In perfect time for the holidays, Eileen Hull has a new eBook with Bella Crafts Publishing, called Gifts to Die For.


There are over 60 over-the-top gift projects in Gifts to Die For created by designers from around the world. For each project, there is a link to a tutorial. You will find tips, tutorials, and videos showing you how to create them all. The book is a great source of inspiration for using Eileen's Sizzix dies, as well as for many other techniques. It is also a joy for the eye to look through.

I am very happy to have six projects in the book, and you might spot one of them on the cover to the top left. You can find Gifts to Die For by following this link, it is now on a special price of $9.97 (with the regular price being $12.97).

Have a lovely weekend! We are hoping for snow.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin


Monday, December 4, 2017

Winter Penguin Card

Hello friends! I hope you had a good weekend! We did a lot of things this weekend: went to two Christmas markets, decorated for Christmas and got a tree, took photos for the Christmas cards (a little late since we had been waiting for snow, but we had to do it without snow this year), and also took a really nice walk. 



We have a photo inspired challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog this week, and our theme is Icy Photo Inspiration. I was inspired by all the snow on the photos to create a winter scene card.


It is the first Monday of a new month, and as always on that day, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team showcases products from a specific company or designer. This time it is Paper Artsy, which has a wide range of stamps and fun coloring products. If you have any of their products, it is fun if yo use them, but you don't need to in order to join the challenge.

Don't miss the gorgeous project by our December guest designer Valarie-Jael, with her blog Bastelmania

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

Have you seen all the new DieCember dies released by SSS just before the weekend? There are so many stunning dies, and here I used one of them, the Picture Book Hugging Penguin. Is she not adorable? I love the effects you can get with Paper Arty's Infusions Coloured Stains, and I used them to create my the icy background for this card.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

I started out with a sheet of watercolor paper. On the half to the left, I misted the paper with water first and then sprinkled in the Infusions - A Bit Jaded and In The Navy. On the half to the right, I sprinkled the Infusions first and then misted with water. You only need a tiny amount of powder. I added more water to the side on the left too, and dabbed some of the color away. I like both the more fluid and smooth effect, and the more speckled and textured effect to the right.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

I cut a piece that was 11 x 22 cm and folded that into a square card. I like the look of the color continuing onto the back of the card. When it was dry, I stamped it with a small flower stamps from the Paper Artsy Eclectica3 Lin Brown 22 set, which works just as well as a snowflake.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Simon Says Stamp Hugging Penguin

The penguin was die cut from watercolor paper and watercolored with Distress Inks. Yesterday, I posted another card with this penguin die, for the SSS DieCember blog hop, and then the penguin was die cut with wool felt.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

Snowy layers were created by tearing vellum and embossing it in the Tiny Dots folder. I also used a fun sentiment from Tim Holtz Christmas Clippings stickers.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

I also glued a whole bunch of sequins to the background, from the SSS Frosted pack. Here you can see the cool effect of the Infusions and all the different shades of blue, turquoise and brown.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Paper Artsy Infusions

The stamped flowers look even more like snowflakes with a sequin in the center.

I hope you will join us this week in our Icy Photo Inspiration 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. 




Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





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

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Supplies

Paper Artsy ECLECTICA3 LIN BROWN 22
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Paper Artsy IN THE NAVY Infusions Colored Stain
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Paper Artsy A BIT JADED Infusions Colored Stain
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Simon Says Stamp PICTURE BOOK HUGGING PENGUIN
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Simon Says Stamp FROSTED Sequins
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Simon Says Stamp VELLUM
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Tim Holtz Sizzix TINY DOTS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS Clippings
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Canson MONTVAL WATERCOLOR 9x12 Pad
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Tim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WATERCOLOR CARDSTOCK
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Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival FORGET-ME-NOT
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SPICED MARMALADE
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad HICKORY SMOKE
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE
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Sizzix MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM STANDARD FOR WAFER THIN DIES
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Sizzix PURPLE WITH SILVER GLITTER
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY ATTACHER
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Hero Arts Rubber Stamp SMALL BLOCK TRIO CLEAR ACRYLIC
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I am so happy to take part in the blog hop to celebrate DieCember® and the release of the Simon Says Stamp DieCember collection of dies. If you follow along the hop, you should have arrived here from Lisa Addesa and I am sure she shared clever card ideas with you.


The DieCember release is full of fantastic new dies, and there are so many of them too - 33 if I counted correctly. There are also lovely glitter papers and envelopes. You can see the whole collection here.

I can hardly believe that December is already here. Yesterday, we visited a really nice Christmas market at an old castle and ate way too many 'burnt almonds' - I am not sure about the translation, perhaps 'candied almonds' is better.

I have two project to share with you today and they are pretty different from each other. One is a mixed-media Christmas wall-hanger, and the second one is a winter scene card. All the techniques can be used for other types of projects, and not necessarily for Christmas or winter. To challenge myself I used only dies, and only one single stamp (a small sentiment).

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Let's start with the mixed-media canvas, for which I decided to use non-traditional Christmas colors. You can use dies for so many different things, and here I used them mainly to create a textured background. You can do this with almost any type of die, and it also works great with border dies, which is what I used here. It is easy to think of border dies only as borders, but they work great for other things too.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Start with a piece of watercolor paper (6 x 7 in) and die cut the Moon and Star Border, Retro Flake Border and Swirling Star Trail from the paper. You can place them in different ways and it would also look great to use one border die over the entire paper. I left the snowflakes in the paper, for some variation. Keep the left-over stars for the next project.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Cut a piece of mat board to the same size and glue the watercolor paper to the mat board using matte medium. I really like the Swirling Star Trail die.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Cover with a layer of gesso.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

When the gesso is dry, paint with Distress Paints in three broad strokes of color. Mist with water and dab some of the paint off, to create texture. I almost didn't want to cover anything of this up.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, with Tim Holtz Ranger Silver Distress Crayon

Rub silver metallic Distress Crayon into the die cut areas and wipe off the rest of the crayon with a moist cloth. This also gives a faint glitter effect to the whole piece.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Splatter with white paint, for texture and to give it a snowy look.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

I painted a layer of white over the dice letters and the wood slices.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Die cut snowflakes with the Retro Flake Border from SSS White Diamond Glimmer cardstock and glue here and there. I love the look of these snowflakes. I also doodled some white lines around the panel with a gel pen. Here you can see the nighttime snowy effect of the background.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

The two ladies from Tim Holtz's Christmas Paper Dolls were colored with Distress Markers. I also die cut a tag from patterned paper, which was layered underneath them together with a piece of fabric that I found on my desk.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

The edges of the tag were distressed. I also had a Clipping Heart die cut on my desk and added it to the panel.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Paint was rubbed into the word band. In the background you can see the nice effect of the snowflakes that were left in the paper.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Joy is one of my favorite words.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

You can add rubons to the wood slices. I also added a couple of red and white heirloom roses.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

I also added some rub-on words and metallic stars.

Layers of ink - Christmas Joy Mixed-Media Panel, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Here's another look at the silver effect on the background.

And now to the card.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

You might already know that I love to build little scenes on my cards and projects and the very cute Picture Book Hugging Penguin is perfect for a winter scene. I also used a die to make a mask for my background. One of my favourite things with dies, is that you can also use them to make masks and stencils, making them even more versatile.The penguin also looks good holding a little heart or a star, but I wanted mine to more natural looking here.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Die cut the Sun and Moon Collage from SSS Masking paper. Cut off the lower edge.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

To decrease the stickiness of the masking paper, place it on your pants or something similar a couple of times. Otherwise it might stick a little too hard to the glossy cardstock. I used glossy cardstock because I love how vibrant dye inks look on glossy cardstock, but you can also do this technique on other types of cardstock. Use a torn piece of masking tape as a base for the snow, again making it less sticky first. Ink with the lightest shade of ink first. I often use a Colorbox Stylus Tool with an oval tip when I ink scenic stamping pieces. It gives great precision. But you can use any type of inking tool.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Continue adding darker and darker shades of ink until you are happy with the look.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Use additional torn pieces of masking paper, or printer paper to create snowy hills. I made it darker at the front and lighter the further into the scene one comes.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Carefully remove the mask (or you can leave it a little longer for the next step too). I later cut along the white lines.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Mist the paper quite heavily with drops of water. Dab the water off with a piece of paper towel. This creates a really nice snowy effect.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

When dry, add more stars / snow with a white gel pen. Then use a Q-tip and white pigment ink to add mist and shine around the moon and around some of the stars. Dab some of the ink off on a paper first, since it is better to add just a little at a time.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

To add another texture to my card, which would look nice next to the glossy paper, I die cut the Picture Book Hugging Penguin from wool felt. To make it easier to assemble the picture book dies, I often press the die into a piece of paper and cut with a pair of scissors just inside the indentation. You can also trace with a pencil. This piece is a great base to build the rest of the figure on. You can see my Christmas Notebook for another example.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

Use the left-over stars from the first project - from both the Moon and Star Border and the Swirling Star Trail - and glue them here and there on the background. You could also die cut new stars from the White Diamond Glimmery Cardstock, which would also look really great.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

The combination of splattered water, gel pen dots and the die cut stars gives a cool textured look to the sky. Die cut a the You're a Star sentiment from black cardstock.

Layers of ink - Penguin Winter Scene by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, for the SSS DieCember Blog Hop

The penguins are so adorable. I love them. You can also combine them with the Happy Penguin and the Secret Penguin. The sentiment is part rub-on, part stamp.

I hope you will jump along on the hop and of course there are prizes to be won too. At every stop of the hop one random person who gives a comment will win a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. The winners will be written on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog on Wednesday.

Your next stop on the hop is Gayatri Murali, and you don't want to miss the inspiration she will share with you. There was also a DieCember blog hop yesterday, so check that out too, for even more inspiration.

These are the stops along today's hop, in case you get lost:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

Thank you so much for stopping by here today!!

Happy die cutting!!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

Simon Says Stamp PICTURE BOOK HUGGING PENGUIN
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Simon Says Stamp SUN AND MOON COLLAGE
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Simon Says Stamp MOON AND STAR BORDER
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Simon Says Stamp SWIRLING STAR TRAIL
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Simon Says Stamp RETRO FLAKE BORDER
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Simon Says Stamp YOU'RE A STAR
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Simon Says Stamp CLIPPING HEART
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Simon Says Clear Stamps STAINED GLASS GREETINGS
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock GLIMMERY WHITE DIAMOND
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Simon Says Stamp MASKING PAPER
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Simon Says Stamp Wool Felt Sheets NIGHT SKY
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Simon Says Stamp Wool Felt
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS PAPER DOLLS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology WOOD SLICES
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology FLUTED STARS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology HEIRLOOM ROSES HALLOWEEN
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology HEIRLOOM ROSES
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Mini Paper Stash CHRISTMAS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS Word Bands
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS Remnant Rubs
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology RED ALPHA DICE Findings
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Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon BRUSHED PEWTER
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Tim Holtz Sizzix Die TAG & BOOKPLATES
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Tim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WATERCOLOR CARDSTOCK
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSS PAPER 8.5 X 11
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MERMAID LAGOON
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS
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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 BLUEPRINT SKETCH
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad GROUND ESPRESSO
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN
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Clearsnap Colorbox FROST WHITE INK PAD
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Sakura WHITE MEDIUM POINT Gelly Roll Classic
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Clearsnap Colorbox STYLUS HANDLES 3
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Clearsnap Colorbox OVAL BLENDER STYLUS TIPS 3
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE
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Sizzix MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM STANDARD FOR WAFER THIN DIES
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Sizzix PURPLE WITH SILVER GLITTER
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Sizzix PRECISION BASE PLATE For Wafer Thin Dies
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
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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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3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER
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3M Scotch ATG 0.25 Inch GOLD REFILL TAPE
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP REFILL
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We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER
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Tim Holtz Distress COLLAGE BRUSH SET
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO
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Sizzix LITTLE SIZZLES MAT BOARD PACK
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint WILTED VIOLET
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint DUSTY CONCORD
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Tim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKED RASPBERRY
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE
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Tim Holtz Distress SPLATTER BRUSH
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers WORN LIPSTICK
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers WILTED VIOLET
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers GROUND ESPRESSO
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers SPUN SUGAR
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Narnia December Daily Journal

Hi everyone! It is time for one of my favourite posts of the year, my December Daily journal. I really like Ali Edwards concept of a December Daily and this will be my sixth year of documenting our month of December in a journal. I do a kind of a mini version, where I focus on the words, and only add a couple of photos here and there. 

The Narnia winter scene below, as well as the techniques, work for many other types of projects. It would for instance look great on a canvas, or you can make a smaller version on a card. 

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

I wanted to do something different on this year's December journal and when I started thinking about a winter forest, I got the idea of making a Narnia-themed journal. I love the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, and did a scenic stamping piece on the lamp-post scene (when Lucy first goes through the wardrobe into Narnia) some years ago. I wanted to create the image of a deep snowy forest and used lots of layers of die cuts on the cover, and a bunch of fun techniques to create snow. 

I was planning to have posted this earlier och I was planning to have done a video, but time just ran out, so it's a step by step tutorial instead, with lots of photos. This is a Sizzix tutorial, using dies by Tim Holtz. Let's start, this is a pretty long post. 

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz idea-ology Worn Cover

All my December journals, except the first one, are done in different Tim Holtz worn binders, and look pretty nice together side by side on the bookshelf. This is the Tattered Worn Binder. This time, I wanted to paint the cover, and started by coating it with layers of gesso. The cover really soaks up the gesso and you'll need at least three layers, letting it dry in between. I think I did four layers. 

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Paint the cover with white, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch, starting with the lightest shade. Add white to blend the colors. As you can see, I used more blue on the back cover, because I knew I was going to cover that same area up on the front cover.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Apply Grit-Paste through the Speckles stencil to form snow in the sky.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Die cut the Tree Line at least six times from watercolor paper. Also die cut a couple of small trees from the Home for the Holidays set. From that same set, use the rolling hills die and die cut two hills from watercolor paper, varying the direction of the die. Finally tear the edge of a third piece.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Distress Micro Glaze works great to create a resist effect that looks like snow, and it is fun and quick too. Apply the glaze with your finger along the branches of the trees and at the bottom of the tree line. Press Distress Ink on a craft sheet and mist with water. Use just one ink per tree line die cut. I also used Tumbled Glass. The different shades creates a sense of depth in the finished forest.
 Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Repeat on the three snowy hill pieces. I planned where my lamp post was going to do and applied a larger oval of glaze there.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Use a yellow Distress Crayon to add yellow, for the warm light of the lamp post.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

When all the pieces are dry, I smeared a thin layer of Rock Candy Distress Stickles over everything. This gives the look of snow glistening in the light, as you would see on a very cold day. If you can't get hold of Rock Candy Stickles, use another 'white' Stickles, such as Frosted Lace.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Die cut the lamp post from mat board or chipboard, and the deer from brown Sizzix Paper Leather. The deer are from the Winter Wonderland set.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Paint the lamp post by dabbing it with a Silver Paint Dabber. Repeat when dry. The dabbing motion gives a bubbly look to the paint.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

When dry, add a little Crazing Medium to the lamp post, as well as Grit-Paste as snow.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Smear a Black Soot Distress Crayon on the lamp post, avoiding the snow (or add the snow later - I wanted to speed things up by letting the Grit-Paste and the Crazing dry at the same time). Wipe most of the crayon off with a slightly moist cloth.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

To finish the lamp post I cut a piece of acetate to place behind the opening and colored it with alcohol ink. I also applied a tiny bit of Glossy Accents along the edges and sprinkled with dry Rock Candy glitter. Cut a piece of white cardstock and make markings with a Distress Crayon, looking like a bulb.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Here you can see the finished look of the lamp post, and you can spot the glitter, which is supposed to look like ice.
 Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Die cut a bunch of other shapes to add details to the scene. I actually die cut a lot more shapes than what you see here, but forgot to take a new photo. I die cut some from white paper too, and some from glimmery blue paper, using the Festive Greens and Home for the Holidays sets. Adhere the silver Deco Sheet to paper before die cutting. 

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Plan the scene and start gluing the tree lines, from the top. When the tree lines and three layers of snowy hills were glued down, I started adding smaller die cuts here and there, such as the branch tree that you see here.
 Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

My Lucy comes from Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Dolls and I think she fitted pretty well. She was colored lightly with Distress Markers.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Here's a closer look on the Grit-Paste snow. I also smeared a little Grit-Paste here and there on the trees and the ground, after gluing everything down.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

As foreground, I added more trees and branches, as well as snow. The sentiment was printed, and I also printed a bunch of quotes which I will use on the inside.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Here's a better look at the texture of the glaze resist snow.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

The deer were inked slightly with Ground Espresso and placed in the forest.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

Here are the other two deer, and I added some snow to them too, from snow falling from branches.
 Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

The lamp post has an interesting old metal look and is also uneven to the touch.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

There are also three Beaded Berries.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

There is lots of dimension on this cover, but it will still fit into my bookshelf since none of the pieces stick out too much.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

For the spine, I die cut the year using Tim's new Storybook die and silver kraft paper. Sand and scratch the paper before inking it with Black Soot.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

The back cover is decorated too, although less elaborately.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

 I added a fun quote from the book on the back cover.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

This forest also consists of a bunch of different types of surfaces and die cuts.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Sizzix Christmas dies by Tim Holtz

I will finish the journaling tags that will go on the inside tonight, and will try to post them tomorrow. My December journal is ready to be filled with memories.

If you want more inspiration, check out my previous December Daily journals:  


Thank you so much for taking the time to look at this long post!

Happy Christmas crafting!

Anna-Karin 

Supplies:



Sizzix Thinlits Die - Tree Line
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Sizzix Bigz Die - Lamp Post
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Sizzix Thinlits Festive Greens
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Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Home for the Holidays
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Sizzix Winter Wonderland
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Sizzix Bigz XL Alphabet Die - Storybook
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Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
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Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter ROCK CANDY
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TATTERED Worn Binder
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Tim Holtz Layering Stencil SPECKLES
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Tim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WATERCOLOR CARDSTOCK
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology DECO SHEETS
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets NH80LB40
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK
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Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets - 8 1/2
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock GLIMMERY DEEP SEA BLUE
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology CHRISTMAS PAPER DOLLS
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology BEADED BERRIES
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICRO GLAZE
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS GRIT PASTE
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium CRAZING
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE
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Ranger Paint Dabber SILVER METALLIC
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint BLUEPRINT SKETCH
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint FADED JEANS
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint TUMBLED GLASS
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Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon BLACK SOOT
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Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon FOSSILIZED AMBER
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink BUTTERSCOTCH
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLUEPRINT SKETCH
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FADED JEANS
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad GROUND ESPRESSO
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TAGS Page Pockets
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers BROKEN CHINA
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers TATTERED ROSE
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Tim Holtz Distress Markers VINTAGE PHOTO
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE
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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
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Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard
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Sizzix Accessory - Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies
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Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)
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Tim Holtz Distress 3/4 INCH COLLAGE BRUSH
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS
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Dina Wakley Ranger PALETTE KNIFE
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP REFILL
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER
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