Monday, July 2, 2018

Flamingo Tag Tutorial

Hello everyone! I hope you are well and enjoying summer - or winter if you are in the southern hemisphere. Anton and I went to a really lovely botanical garden yesterday. He thought it was a way better outing than he expected, and found a little card-making set with a flower press which he is having big plans for. I took a lot of photos of flowers and trees.

It is a new month, and as always the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team showcases a specific company / designer on the first Monday of a new month. This week the turn has come to Darkroom Door and their wonderful range of stamps and stencils. You don't have to use Darkroom Door products to join, but it is always fun if you do.

Our challenge theme is Red, White and/or Blue. Don't miss the beautiful project by our July guest designer Karolina Bukowska

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Darkroom Door stamps

I made a tag this week, using the Darkroom Door Tropical Birds set. It was fun making a scenic tag for the gorgeous flamingo stamp. My flamingo is mainly red, but there is a little bit of pink too. I didn't use a lot of supplies here, just one stamp set, Distress Ink, Distress Micro Glaze and a couple of embellishments.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The tag was die cut from watercolor paper. I inked the flamingo with red and pink inks, using grey and black for the legs and beak. Since I wanted the bird to be standing in water, I wiped off the ink from the feet. Mist with water about four times, before stamping.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Smear a tiny bit of Distress Micro Glaze on the background, as clouds and a little bit in the water. Press Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Paint a couple of islands along the horizon line.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamp the grass stamp with Blueprint Sketch, misting with water first.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

You can add more color to the bird with a paint brush, to darken some of the areas a little. I used a perfect sentiment from the same Tropical Birds set.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here you can see the effect of the Micro Glaze resist.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I found a net on my desk, which used to hold a little ball that one of the boys got from one of those toy vending machines. I also added a piece of cheese cloth, berries and some sequins from SSS Moonshine set.

Layers of ink - Flamingo Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Since I wiped off the ink from the feet of the bird, it looks like she is standing in the water, and not on top of it.

I hope you will join us this week in our Red, White and/or Blue 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 next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

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

Happy crafting!



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  1. Gorgeous tag Anna Karin :-) I love this bird set and I had made a card using the same flamingo before changing my mind and going for the kitties ;-) the whole design of this is fabulous! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is so lovely. I always admire your watercolored landscapes and this is not an exception. The way you use te micro glaze to build the backgrounds is amazing. Love the summer mood of your tag. Hugs, Marzena.

  3. I love the way you interpreted this weeks' theme. So original! Love the summer vibes!

  4. I love the beautiful water scene you've created on your tag, Anna-Karin! The flamingo is striking, and wonderful watercolor feel with the inks. Love the net and sequins, just gorgeous!Your trip with Anton sounds great, my oldest son when he was young had us going to botanical gardens. hugs, Maura

  5. I adore your tag ana-Karin!!!! :)

  6. Loving this RW&B Flamingo tag, Anna-Karin! So clever and cute and perfect for Summer!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Wow, what a great looking tag. I would love to have this on my luggage for vacation to a tropical island lol You are very talented, love this design. Thanks for the share, keep up the posts.
    World of Animals

  8. This is such a fun tag! I love the look of flamingos and think you gave your bird a fabulous beach scene to live in! As always, great texture and dimension!

  9. Super fun tag Anna-Karin! love so much your way to create an artwork for our challenge! Colors are fabulous!

  10. gorgeous tag Anna-Karin, love how you used the Microglaze to create clouds and highlights in the water and that sentiment is just perfect, hugs kath xxx

  11. Fabulous tag, Anna-Karin! The flamingo looks amazing! And the scene you've created is gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra


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