Monday, 16 June 2014

Soviet Circus

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Anything Goes".  This is a real opportunity to let your imagination run wild and create whatever you feel like!  Enter the challenge and you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

On a trip to Australia last year I was browsing around a bookshop and stumbled across a collection of Soviet propaganda posters from days gone by and absolutely fell in love with it.  Needless to say, it found it's way into my luggage for the trip home!  This tag is very much inspired by that style, stark, graphically bold with almost a woodcut feel to it.  The new Tim Holtz Big Top stamps are a perfect fit for that style, so that's what I used as the focal point.

I stamped the bottom border, masked it off then stamped the elephant.  I masked him off and stamped the spots, rays and Cirque, then stamped the top border.  I love the two-colour style of it, almost like a hand printed poster from days of yore.  You know, like yesteryear :)


Supplies I used included:


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12 comments :

Suzanne C said...

Dan I was just visiting the Hatch printery exhibit and your project exactly reminded me of the posters and come to find out that was your inspiration. LOVE this type of printing on posters and yours is fabulous!

Rachel B. said...

Beautiful tag!

butterfly said...

They are such potent images, those Soviet posters - and you've captured something of their essence here... Great tag!
Alison x

misteejay said...

What a great tag Dan - fabulous imagery.

Toni xx

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Cool tag, Dan! I really love the thought you put into it and the combination of stamps you used!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Julia Aston said...

Yay! I just ordered this set and now I have a great inspiration for it's use - I can see the Russian influence you created on this great tag!

MichelleZ said...

I was a child during the Cold War and remember visiting my Grandparents, who lived in Peru, Indiana, which is the circus capital of the world. (Strange, but true!)
Long story short, your project really resonated with me this week.
I love the bold graphics.

barbarayaya62 said...

Dan, I love your card as soon as I saw it and I pinned before commenting! I have no other words that wonderful, absolutely and totally wonderful! BArbarayaya

Emma Williams said...

I absolutely LOVE everything about this piece and as someone who adores this kind of poster art, you've captured the feel of the artwork perfectly...just wonderful! :)

ßeulah ßee said...

Great stamping technique and a thought-provoking connection to an interesting time in art history.

BEX said...

I love this tag - just as well really as I have it. Thank you Dan - it's lovely to have one of your fabbie creations.

Anna-Karin said...

What a great idea for inspiration! Fabulous stamping!!

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