Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends! I hope you had a good weekend and got some time to craft. I have had fun documenting what we have done this weekend for my December Daily journal. If you missed the video I posted on Friday showing you how I made my journal, you can find it here. It is Monday and time for a new Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and this week our theme is Christmas Gifts.



Since it is the first Monday of a new month, the design team is showcasing a specific company/designer, and the turn has come to Simon Says Stamp exclusive products. You don't have to use SSS products to join, but it is always fun if you do. SSS has so many great dies, stamps, inks and other products, you can find them here.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
I like giving handmade items away at Christmas, but don't always have the time to make enough of them. A mixed media canvas makes for a great gift and the one I made is 5 x 7 in. Even during winter there are plants, and my idea for this canvas was to depict some winter plants, right before the first snow, or maybe in between snowy times. Here, the snow falls and then disappears again several times each winter, and plants take on a dark, almost silhouette look, with lots of texture. Instead of the more traditional winter colours, I went with warm shades of yellow, brown and gold on this canvas.


Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
Circle Loops were die cut from Mixed Media Heavystock paper and glued to the background with Matte Medium. I also added some torn strips of vintage book paper. Everything was coated in gesso.
 Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
When the gesso was dry, I painted the background with Distress Paints (Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Fossilized Amber, Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso). Gold paint was dry-brushed on the background, once the first layers where dry. As you can see it stuck mainly to the circles, giving them a great golden look.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
I stamped the background with the You Matter background stamp, which is a great stamp to use on something that will be a gift since it has wonderful sentiments. Check out this layout of mine for a closer look on the sentiments. The background was coated with Matte Medium.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
The Cottage Stem, Delicate Thistle and Songbird were die cut from more Heavystock paper and I smeared Prima's rust pastes on top with a palette knife. These pastes gave a great dark, rusty and textured look to my plants. When the pastes were dry, I dry brushed some gold paint on top.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
I really like the SSS Uplifting Thoughts set and used one of the sentiments on my canvas.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
After gluing the plants down with Matte Medium, I used the rust pastes to add ground to the canvas. The paste gives a great look of textured soil.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
I also dry-brushed gold paint on the soil.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
I used a Black Soot Distress Marker to add shadows around the circles, bird and plants.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
Black paint was splattered on the background for more texture and I added some sequins and pearls from the 28 Lilac Lane Toasted Graham embellishment bottle.

Layers of ink - Winter Plants Mixed Media Canvas by Anna-Karin
Here you can maybe see the gold paint a little better. I love the text elements, and that the word 'you' is repeated a lot.

I hope you will join us in our Christmas Gifts 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. 


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Thank you so much for visiting today!

Happy Christmas crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Village December Journal Video

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a video tutorial for how I made the cover for my December Daily journal. I wanted to have posted this a little earlier, but the editing of the video took longer than planned. This is a Sizzix tutorial, using dies by Tim Holtz. 

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I really like Ali Edwards idea of documenting the month of December and this is my fifth such journal. Here you can see the finished journal, using a Tim Holtz Diary Worn Cover as my base. This is my fourth December journal using a worn cover, since I really like the size, feel of it, and the flexibility of using different page pockets on the inside. My December Countdown Calendar Tags, from my recent video, now go into this journal as the days pass and I add journaling to them.

In the video below, I will show you how to do the winter village on the front, using the Sizzix Snowglobe die set, as well as the painted background. These techniques work great for any type of project: cards, tags, scrapbooking layouts, art journaling or maybe a canvas. 



Here's the video, you can also watch it directly on YouTube. This video is pretty long, since there were many steps to show and since I made the video while doing the project, instead of finishing the project first and then just showing some of the steps, it is a little longer. I hope you enjoy it. Below, you'll find some close-up images and more info.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
You can mix and match the houses to fit your project. I die cut mine from a variety of surfaces, to increase interest. It is also good time to use up some scraps.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
One of my favourite parts of this project is the painted winter night background, and the fact that you can still feel the texture of the worn cover.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Grit Paste gave a snowy look to the houses and mountains. The trees were die cut from white Paper Leather.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Here's a better look at the snow-capped mountains, die cut from blue fabric.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I used Distress Micro Glaze to create a resist effect on the woodgrain houses and on the trees.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I die cut the doors from a different surface than the house, gluing it on top of the door on the house, and added some Grit Paste as snow.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I have used a word band on each of my December journals. Picked Fence paint was rubbed into the letters.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The word was die cut with the new Vintage Tidings set. Love the font used in this set. I also stamped a calendar page on a piece of manila cardstock left-over from the tags.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The Ring Binder was tied with Linen Ribbon and I hang some embellishments from the ribbon. 

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I drilled a hole through the deer to be able to attach a jump ring. White paint was rubbed into the key.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
There is also a snowflake, heart charm and pinecone.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The inside covers were stamped too, using the same stamp sets as for the tags, and similar colours. I also added pieces of tape and some ephemera from the Festive set.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I love the design tape with the typewritten sentiments, and also cut some sentiments off to use on their own.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Here's the back cover with the large sketched Santa, stamped with Watering Can.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The baubles were stamped with violet Archival Ink, which I also used on the journaling tags.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
On the inside, there are page pockets for all my journaling tag, as well as quite a few extra pockets. Here you can see day 1, which now has journaling written down. We had a really nice first day of December yesterday.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
There are also papers cut from the Tidings paper stash, and Pocket Cards. I rounded the corners of the former.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The patterned papers were stamped with some of the same stamps used on the tags. They provide extra space for journaling and photos and can easily be moved around the album to where they are needed.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I also die cut some more words to use on the inside.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
This word is glued right onto the page protector, creating a see-through element. Grey cardstock with silver Deco Sheet.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
There are also ephemera papers here and there.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Here's another die cut word, and more ephemera.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I really like Tim Holtz's Pocket Cards, and by stamping some holiday related stamps on them, you instantly turn them into Christmas themed pocket cards.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The typed paper to the bottom left from the Tidings set is another favourite (same as the design tape mentioned earlier).

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Around Christmas, I usually place some Santa images. This one is so sweet.

Layers of ink - Winter Village December Journal Video Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Ready to be filled with memories. 

You can find my previous December Journals here:

Thank you so much for watching and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

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