Saturday 7 April 2012

Send in the Clown

Todays tutorial features the circus set.
Both the Circus and Sideshow sets work quite well together, as the samples below show.
circus page
Before I continue, the new Evil Elixir workshop invites start to go out today, you have 30 days if you wish to register, details can be found HERE.

Ok on to the tutorial, I wanted to make a tag that resembled part of vintage circus poster that had been torn from the wall… well that was the idea anyway :)

circus (Small)

1. Tear a tag shape with your hands, I am using 300 gsm card.

2. This next step is an option if you have the materials and equipment.
Print a design of your choice onto paper using a laser printer, or have it printed at a print shop where they generally use laser.

3. Spray the printed side of the image with a generous coat of Americana gloss sealer.

4. Immediately after spraying,  place the paper printed side down on top of your tag.
Burnish the back of the image with you fingers for approx 10 to 20 seconds.

5. Remove the paper and hey presto!!
The image will have transferred onto the card.
I do have videos and tutorials on this image transfer technique which can be found HERE in the tutorials area.

6. Blend some old paper distress ink over the background.

7. Now scrunch the card in to a ball a couple of times..Yikes!!

8. unfold the creased card and run it through a big shot between the two plates on top of the multi surface platform with both tabs down.
This will flatten the card but retain the creases.
If you want the card even flatter lay a piece of Grunge paper on top also.

9. Pick up just a small amount of Frayed Burlap onto a blending tool and lightly (LIGHTLY) skim the surface, just picking up the peaks of the creases.

9. Stamp the text with Frayed Burlap and the ellyflump with Faded Jeans.

10. Stamp the circus poster with Fired Brick.

11. For the clown and extra stars,  I first applied fired brick to the stamp and then patted it a few times with Aged Mahogany before stamping.
The word Circus was stamped with Black Soot.

12. Finally I blended Frayed Burlap around the torn edges and added a ribbon.

13. for the ribbon, I applied Faded Jeans and fired brick distress stains, sprayed with water and scrunched up into a little ball and dried with a heat tool.
Once dry I stamped the small stars on with Sepia Archival ink.


  1. Like all the sample Circus tags! Thanks for the tutorial on today's tag. I learned some tips and tricks. :)

  2. Wow! beautiful tags! Love your stamps.

  3. Ooooo this looks fun I may even get over my phobia of clowns cos i love the elephant!


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