Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Cirque du Madeleine

Another book card today.

"Circus Book Card"

Without further ado, I give you "Cirque du Madeleine"...

"Cirque du Madeleine"

The great thing about making circus cards is that you can add as much clutter and detail as you like, it's supposed to be chaotic, that's the point of a circus!

"Inside front cover"

Wikimedia has some of the original artwork for the circus posters that these Graphic45 papers were based on, free of copyright in the commons section. Try this one for example. Always worth a look if you want to extend your stash, and great for being able to print some of the images in different sizes.

"Inside book card"
The shadows from a rare sunny moment in the UK this summer show how much dimension can be achieved with a book card.

"Trapeze artist"

The trapeze artists are stamped and coloured, cut out and joined together with a length of gold rope across the front of the book section of the card. You can just make out the lion tamer & lion in the background.

"Trio of circus performers"

I just love these guys, added from a Wikimedia commons download but a perfect match for the patterned papers.

"More trapeze artists"

Here's another trapeze act in the background.

Graphic45 Le Cirque 8x8 paper pad
Graphic45 Le Cirque stamp sets
Spellbinders nestabilities: ovals, scalloped ovals
Martha Stewart edger punch
Distress inks
cardstock: brown 300gsm, white 160gsm
circus poster downloads from Wikimedia Commons, here's a third one to try
adhesives: PVA, glossy accents, Pinflair
lace & ribbon

Here are the three circus posters from Wikimedia that I have linked above. I've used parts of all these in my card if you look carefully. The images are all in the public domain:

Entered for the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - No Rules!
ABC - T for Two (two trapeze artists joined by a rope)
Cute & Girly - A day at the... circus!
Oozak - Bright Colours
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Sizzlin' Summer Colours and Ribbon
The Cupboard Trilogy - Colour Palette


  1. WOW! I love this, the design is fabulous and I love how you have put everything together.

    Hugs Sue

  2. Im with Sue.....WOW! This is incredible Maddy and those images are simply gorgeous. Lee x

  3. Oh my goodness!!! Now THIS is amazing! I totally LOVE your Graphic 45 Circus book. Everything about it is just awesome! LOVE the shadowbox style of page with the diorama. Your work is incredible and this piece and in my opinion, is so worthy of Top Three! Good luck! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. Absolutely staggering - fabulous - the detail is superb.

  5. Wow, this is just gorgeous! Love the book card! And what a great idea to make it into a circus! It has so many things going on, and you're right, that's what a circus is all about! Those posters are also amazing, thanks for sharing! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Hugs, Sandra

  6. Wow!! Gorgeous, absolute fabulous creation. Thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge

  7. Wow, that looks so great. Thanks for joining us at By the Cute and Girly.
    Hugs, Uta

  8. What a lovely card - so creative. Thanks for joining in the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge.

  9. Such a creative card, so much to look at each new glance shows something else!
    Thanks for joining us over on The Cupboard Trilogy challenges!
    Good luck
    Jane x

  10. This is amazing thank you so much for joing us at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge

    Stella xx

    TCT DT

  11. Really super work, love it.x
    Thanks for joining the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge


  12. Such a pretty and detailed project. Thanks for joining in the challenge at By The Cute And Girly this month.

    ** Kate **

  13. Beautiful work! Thanks for taking part in The Cupboard Trilogy Colour challenge xx

    Lesley (DT)

  14. Awesome! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.


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