Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Circus Fan

Do you remember going to the circus as a kid? I remember when the circus came to town and I was so excited. To remember the circus, I have created "A Circus Fan" as a memento of this fun day from my childhood.

The clowns were always so fun at the circus. Then there were the elephants, the lions, and the beautiful girl on the tight rope. All of these are wonderful memories of the circus.

I decided to create a fan for all of the fun memories because I remember how hot it was under the "big top" and people fanning to keep cool. I had the perfect paper from Graphic 45 - Le Cirque Collection to use for my project.

Here are the steps:

1. Lined up several items to use       on the fan. I used a tag as the       base.
2. Brayered the tag with Distress     Strains.
3. Sprayed the tag with                   Dylusions Ink.
4. Inked the cut outs with               Distress Inks.
5. Lots of fussy cutting and             inking of pieces.
6. Gluing and sealing with Glue       N Seal.
7. The tight rope girl and a small     clown at the top are popped         up for a little added                     depth. Just about every piece        is cut, inked and glued on the fan.

7. The paper for the fan was creased every 1/2 inch then folded back and forth. The ends were glued together.

8. The stick of the fan was created with a re-purposed paint stick and inked with Distress Inks. 

Two stamps from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz TINY THINGS (the big top tent and the elephant) were used. Both were stamped at the top of the tag. You can see them in this image. 

It's all done with so many memories from the circus. I'm added a small loop of ribbon on the back so the fan can be hung.

Linking to:

Simon Monday Challenge: Carnival


  1. I Love this! Great idea making a fan. It has all the energy and vibrance of the circus!

  2. You've created a beautiful fan, Judy. Those papers are perfect for this project! Layers and layers of vintage circus fun! :) Thank you for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. I hope you'll join in next week too. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your art. ~Michelle

  3. Hey Judy! Really cute interpretation of our challenge this week! You did a great job on this very fun fan. Great use of papers and layering of those wonderful G45 circus images. Great job! Thanks for entering our carnival challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  4. Thank you so much for the tutorial Judy, I adore fans! I love the circus images you chose to create yours and it came out so pretty, I bet my g'girls would love to make one! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit. Enjoy your last summer weekends.

  5. This is a beautiful memento, Judy!

  6. This is a beautiful memento, Judy!

  7. What a fun and clever project! Beautiful Work! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. - Ashli :)

  8. What a great idea for the challenge and to remember childhood circus visits. Love the fan base and all the layers of images. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!