Saturday, July 8, 2017

Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo with Betsy Skagen

Coming to you straight from my vacation dockside are these zoo tags.

 First there is the Pretty in Pink flamingo nestled within his cage. The` second tag features Mr. Tiger.

 Cat got your tongue? This cat certainly got the poor zookeepers tongue (and entire head) when the zookeeper found himself on the wrong side of the fence.


Tutorial how to make the Zoo Tags

1. To make these altered zoo tags, begin by running white cardstock through a honeycomb embossing folder several times. Cut out the shape of two large tags, approximately 7.5" by 4".

2. Cover the tags with Quinacridone Gold acrylic paint.

3. When dry, rub a soot black distress ink pad over the surface.
4. Use a silver paint pen to paint both the cage and the wrought iron fence silver. Then rub Soot Black Distress Ink along the edges to give the bars an aged look.

5. Next print out one copy of the digital image sheet A Trip to the Zoo #1, A Trip to the Zoo #3 and two copies of In the Garden - Bird Cages. Cut out the zookeeper, tiger, flamingo and text messages from the Zoo Sheet and cut backgrounds to fit the fence and cage from the Bird Cages Sheet. Cut additional flowers from this sheet as you see fit.
6. Adhere tiny bits of bling to the background sheet. (I forgot to take a picture of this before I added the bird and cage)
7. Use 3D foam adhesive to adhere your flamingo to the cage background.

8. Then ink tiny pieces of chipboard to create dimensional blocks for your cage and place these between the cage background and the cage to add depth.

9. Add tiny flowers, greenery, your text and ribbon to complete the flamingo tag.

10. Use a similar process to make the tiger tag. However this tag uses a second tag in the background. Begin by blending several ink colors onto a manila tag. Then use acrylic paint with different stencils or stamps to apply two to three patterns. When dry, adhere the tag to the second of your larger honeycomb tags.
11. Adhere the fence to the colorful tag.. Then add tiny bits of pink bling before gluing on the tiger, the zookeeper and the zookeeper's head (muahahaha).
12. Add your text, greenery, flowers and ribbon and both your tags are complete. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some summer fun, whether it be visiting a zoo or hanging out on a lakeside dock.

-Betsy

Great Stuff

Alpha Stamps A Trip to the Zoo #1
Alpha Stamps A Trip to the Zoo #3
Manilla tagIn the Garden - Bird Cages
Quinacridone Gold acrylic paint
Silver Paint pen

Acrylics in assorted colors
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Embossing folder
Ribbon

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in assorted colors

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