Monday, June 19, 2017

Transportation Memory Game Tutorial

Hello friends! Welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge post here on my blog. We spent a large part of the weekend swimming and cycling. I try to make the best of the good weather.


Don't forget to check out the fantastic project of our June guest designer Anne Redfern. This week we have a Let's Take a Vacation theme.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I took my project in a bit of a different direction and made a travel game, but it can of course also be used at home. It has a transportation theme, which also works for a vacation challenge. When Anton was little, I made him a memory game - you can find that post here - and I thought Leo should have his own game. He is still too small for memory, but I made the game in such a way that he can still have fun with the cards, and practice shapes, words and colours. He loves airplanes in particular, but also any kind of vehicle.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I thought it was a fun idea to make the cards circular instead of the more common square format. The circles were die cut with the largest of Tim Holtz Sizzix Sized Circles dies, from white Little Sizzles Mat Board. It is important that the back of the cards look the same and I stamped them all with the ZigZag stamp. Put the stamp on a table, ink it and press the cards on top.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

For the shapes, I used Tim's Cityscape Commute set which has all these cute vehicles (and more). I die cut them from color-core and kraft-core cardstock.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The cards were stamped with alphabet stamps: 'airplane', 'car', 'truck' etc. but also 'brown' and 'red'.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

To protect the cards I coated them on the back and front with Multi Medium Matte.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The cards can be tied with an elastic - just make sure they are totally dry so that they don't stick together.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I might later make a box for Leo's cards, since Anton has a box for his cards.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Kiddies Craft Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The cards immediately caught Leo's attention when I was photographing them for this post. Here you see a little hand pointing at the airplane. For more about his airplane interest, check out the Stamped Passport Book tutorial that I posted last week.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I love the shapes of the vehicles in the Commute set, such as this helicopter.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

I used different colors, so that he can practice colors at the same time, but kept most of them tone-on-tone, so that each vehicle would be one color.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

You can of course make these much more elaborate if you'd like to, but I kept them simple, since he is so small still.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

There are eight set of cards, sixteen cards in total.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

 The zigzag made for a fun background.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

Here you see all of them. This type of game is easy to customize to fit the interest of the child. You could add animals, people, flowers, trees, or anything else you could think of.

Layers of ink - Transportation Memory Game Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Tim Holtz Sizzix Cityscape Commute

The kids started playing with the cards before I had even finished photographing them (I had to take the remaining photos the next day).

I hope you will join us this week in our Let's Take a Vacation challenge and explore some new textures for your projects. 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 for visiting today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stamped Passport Book Tutorial

Hi friends! We have sparkling summer weather here today, which is lovely. This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team has teamed up with Stampotique Originals. I hadn't used their stamps before, and really enjoyed them. There are so many stamps to choose from and they are designed by many different artists.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Since I wanted to do lots of stamping, I decided to do a mini-book, using Eileen's Sizzix Passport Book die. The quote on the front is a favorite of mine and I was happy to find it as a stamp. This little book is about airplane watching, which is one of Leo's favorite activities. Since we live quite close to the airport, we get lots of airplanes flying past and ever since he was very little Leo has loved to look at them whenever we are outdoors playing or walking. 

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Start by die cutting the pieces needed for the cover from mat board using the Passport Book die and Extended Cutting Pads. I die cut the covers twice more from watercolor paper, but you could also work directly on the mat board, since it takes ink beautifully.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Die cut pages from watercolor paper using the same Passport Book die.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Smear Distress Ink on an acrylic block, mist with water and press the block on the papers. Repeat on both sides. If you don't have a large enough acrylic block, you can also use a Sizzix Cutting Pad. It works best with an unused pad which is smooth.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

When dry, stamp the covers and spine. I used the following stamps from Stampotique: Majestic Tree, Vintage Bill and Design Cube 2 by France Papillon, Sit Down by Karen Hayseldon and Living is Not Enough and There is a Garden by Carol's Collection. They were stamped with Archival Inks from Tim's and Dina's Mixed Media Palettes.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Do the same to all the inside pages. I love to sit and just stamp along like this. Remember that you don't always have to stamp the whole tree or the whole bench. I stamped the four stamps from the Design Cube 2 and the Vintage Bill here an there in the backgrounds.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

For the little flower, I used Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf from the Heartfelt collection. Die cut from left-over inky paper, and from book paper.


The sentiment was stamped on wood grain paper and cut into strips.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Glue the spine to the covers or use a strong tape, such as Wonder Tape. I used Matte Medium.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix Passport Book by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Here you can see what the ink looks like straight onto the mat board - you can hardly see a difference compared to the watercolour paper. Mat board works really great with wet media.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Fold the pages into signatures of two or three spreads and thread twine through the holes.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Tie the twine at the spine. I also added a Tim Holtz star.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

The airplane was glued to the cover with Matte Medium.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I really love the look of this tree stamp. It has lovely details and is very versatile.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Here's the book from the back.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I like this quote and it is so true, and the garden doesn't necessarily have to be a garden at a house, but can stretch further into places often visited. I imagine there will be airplanes flying by in Leo's memories of his own enchanted garden.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

The H.C. Andersen quote on the front of the book, is followed on the inside with 'and an airplane', to fit with the theme of the book.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I have many photos of Leo pointing to airplanes like these ones. He is still as excited every time an airplane flies by and in the afternoons he wants to go outdoors to look at airplanes. It was also one of his first words. I wrote the journaling on a couple of pages in the beginning of the book.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I embellished the book simply, using just some Tim Holtz rub-ons, design tape and some words from Eileen's Heartfelt paper pad.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I might later find a photo where Leo sits on a bench or a chair and cut him out and adhere it on the bench.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Another sentiment from Eileen's paper pad, stamped with the crackle stamp.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I still need to add more journaling.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Design tape with airplanes.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

Airplane! 

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

The colors on this bee inspired the color combo in the book, with the addition of blue.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

The little house was cut from the Heartfelt paper pad, and so was the word.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

I left the last pages blank because I have quite many newer photos where Leo also points to airplanes and I will add them here as soon as I have had them printed (I don't print photos at home).

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

This inking technique is very quick, but gives a different look to each page, at the same time as it creates a sense of unity throughout the book.

Layers of ink - Stamped Passport Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Stampotique stamps

The Passport Book die makes a very chunky little book, which I really like and it is so easy to use. To see other examples of this die, check out my Crackle Album and Halloween Stamped Book.

Don't miss all the inspiration posted during this month.

Have a lovely day and thank you for stopping by!

Anna-Karin


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