Sunday, 9 February 2014

Australia

When I was a boy, I had a toy soldier collection, which included the GI Joe - Australian Jungle Fighter.  My parents gave him to me for my birthday, circa 1966.  I wish I still had him, but unfortunately, I'm not sure what happened to him after I left for college in the late 1970's.


Inspired by my late GI Joe, I used the Tim Holtz toy soldier die as a base to make my Australian Jungle Fighter.  (It is the same die I used to make my Buckingham Palace Guard in the Capital Cities tag, on January 14th.)  Next, I used the Dot Matrix embossing folder and used yellow, orange and brown ink pads to simulate an Aborigine's design on the background.  I also printed a vintage Australian map and postage stamps off the web to create some layering.  I used a bookplate die to make my label and tied it with some jute twine.  As a finishing touch, I tied another strip of jute twine to the top and added some Aborigine's looking beads to it.

I've had so much fun designing uniforms to fit the soldier die, that I have decided to take every opportunity I can to develop a new series.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has done, since I haven't had a chance to do so all week.  Blessings!

10 comments:

  1. What fun Arnoldo. Aren't dies versatile if you choose wisely? Your stamps look wonderfully vintage on your detailed tag.

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  2. Perfect! A great vintage style tag and love your soldier! Carolyn xx

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  3. Lovely tag, and you have not lost your love of playing with soldiers! Valerie

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  4. Fantastic ideas for your tag this week--love the GI Joe

    Chrissie x

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  5. I love this, the embossing and the postage stamps look fabulous along with you Joe. Great that it brings back fond memories for you too. ~Diane

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  6. Fabulous tag, love the soldier. The vintage look you have achieved is great.

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  7. Great take on the theme Arnoldo! Lovely textures and layering.
    Jane x

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  8. Your "slouch"- hatted soldier is a great image for Australia -ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day is an annual national day of remembrance and your soldier reminds me so much of this special day.

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  9. What a fabulous tag Arnoldo. I love all the different elements you used to make these so dimensional. I lok forward to seeing 'who' else you create with that die. Have a wonderful week :o)

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  10. this is really quite neat, fabulous elements and dimension, a real stand out. xo

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