Monday, August 15, 2016

Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial


Hi and welcome! The summer holiday is coming to an end and this past week has been busy since I tried to do a lot of fun things with the kids. We spent as much time outdoors as possible, and went to an big outdoor museum, to the pool, to a lake and to different playgrounds. Anton and I also went to see the Big Friendly Giant, which he loved.

It is Monday and this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we are having a Summer Fun challenge. I hope you can join us!

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
I was thinking of tropical beaches, palm trees and turquoise oceans and made a colourful tag. It is fun to think out different ways of making sand, and for this tag I made a glittery mix, which looks very sparkly in real life. I used Tim Holtz new Tropical set by Sizzix for most of the shapes on this tag, and was happy to see that it had a Delicious Monster leaf, not only do I like the shape of that leaf, it is also quite a common site in South Africa, and the name is just the best. 

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
First I mixed Antique Linen and a little Ground Espresso paint into white Texture Paste, until I was happy with the colour. Next, I mixed quite a lot of Distress Glitter Dust into the paste, which is just perfect for sparkly sand. The paste was smeared on a tag die cut from watercolour paper. 28 Lilac Lane sequins by May Flaum were pressed into the sand and I added more glitter at the bottom of the tag. Finally, I sprinkled micro beads beads in a few areas. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
Die cut the palm tree twice from watercolour paper and once from burlap. Die cut three leaves, also from watercolour paper. Apply just a little Distress Micro Glaze to the shapes with your finger.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
I also die cut flowers, but didn't add glaze to them. Paint all the shapes with Distress Inks, by smearing the inks on a craft sheet, misting with water and picking up with a paint brush. Pine Needles is one of my least used Distress Inks, but it is a lovely green and a great base for both the palm tree and the leaves, with the addition of some other shades of green.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
Smear a little Distress Micro Glaze on the top part of tag, and then paint it.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
Glue the burlap to the one watercolour tree and cut the top off the other palm tree. It was adhered with foam dots for dimension, shaping the leaves a little. I also added some sequins, as coconuts. The Distress Micro Glaze adds a great texture to the palm tree.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
 The words were die cut with the Vacation Words Script set and painted yellow.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
I wish you could see the cool glittery texture of this beach in real life. The tiny flowers from the Tropical set are so cute, and very useful for many different projects. I added a dot of Champagne Stickles to each one.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
The leaves and flowers were given some shape and then layered with foam dots in between.

Layers of ink - Tropical Beach Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin withTim Holtz Tropicals Sizzix dies.
One of my favourite parts of this tag is the sequins. It is a great neutral mix and they give such wonderful shine. I have an old love of sequins, and still have a little bag of sequins that I collected as a child and didn't have the heart to use up.

I hope you will join us in our Summer Fun challenge. A random participant will 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 so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin


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31 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tag Anna-Karin, you have captured a whole tropical island here! the sand looks real and I love how you made the textured tree bark, very clever :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. This is incredible Anna-Karin! The sand looks so real!
    Hugs xx
    Zoey

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  3. Most excellent tutorial! Thank you so much! LOVE this tag so much!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Christine! I am so glad to hear you like my tag.

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  4. Most awesome idea on making your sand - love it!! I love how you mix in the glitter, add the sequins and bits of blue, it is gorgeous, Anna-Karin! I always admire your use of white on your work, and this is a wonderful touch here. Sounds like you have been having a great summer! hugs, Maura

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    1. Thank you so much Maura! A great busy summer! But ordinary routine will be good too. :)

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  5. Sunning tag, Anna-Karin! I love how you made the sand have some shimmer! It really is how it looks when the sun hits it! :D


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  6. Wow, Anna-Karin, wherever this beach is, I want to go there! Your tag is beautiful and I love the gorgeous flowers.

    Cathie ♥

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    1. I want to go there too Cathie! Thank you!

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  7. wonderful summery tag! I love the monster leaves, and the color of the flowers is so summery and lovely!

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  8. WOW! I just adore your work and this tag is FABulous!

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  9. Oh My! A Tropical island all on this beautiful tag- love it! Chrisx

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  10. if i see the Tag, i want to go in vacation...love the idea with the pailleten (i hope it is the right word
    very nice
    greets

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  11. beautiful tag Anna-Karin...now I want to put on my swimsuit and hit a tropical beach...I wish...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

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  12. This is such a great tag that perfectly captures the lighthearted fun and beauty that can only come from the BEACH! Miss the beach and love it and I am so impressed at how much texture this has! I especially liked how you created your sand and how you added burlap to the tree trunk. Genius, as usual!

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  13. Wow.. this tag is fantastic, Anna-Karin. Love the beautiful bright colors and great embellishments you created! :)

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  14. Anna-Karin looking at your tag I feel on a tropical beach, it's absolutely fabulous, the sand is spectacular, it looks real! As usual your tutorial beautiful and so interesting! Great job! BArbara

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  15. Absolutely wonderful. Your sand just doesn't differ from the real one! I am amazed by the effect you get with only texture paste and glitter dust. WOW! I absolutely love the result the micro glaze gives, I have it still unopened from some time waiting for an inspiration and here it comes! Thank you :-) Hugs, Marzena

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  16. So much gorgeous detail packed into a tag ~ it's fabulous Anna-Karin and I love the colours you've used, they epitomise everything about a tropical island and makes me want run to a beach and indulge in some of this beauty! :)

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  17. Loving your tag Anna-Karin!!!!
    Just an awesome tag, so beautiful.
    And now of course, I want this new Tropical thinlits set and also the Glitter Dust that otherwise maybe, I would never have thought to put on my wishlist... I don't thank you for that! Lol :D
    Well, speaking about something else, when you have a bit of time available (but no urgency as I know how busy you are..), you may like the post I have made on Paloma, finally posted at my blog a few days ago.
    But f you can't, don't worry... You can do at any time much more later of course :)
    Hugs,
    xxx Coco

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  18. What a beautiful creation. Very pretty how you have colourized it, give a great effect that not somthing is filled in with colour.
    kind regards, Dora

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  19. Wow! What a beautiful tropical tag! So much detail and I love the sequin touch! Thank you for your inspiration!

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  20. So cool, Anna-Karin! Love everything about it! it really screams summer fun! Great tutorial! Hugs, Sandra

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