Mardi Gras Mask

Challenge #3 2022: MARDI GRAS

These past couple of days I was so busy creating something ready for next month as a guest designer, that I almost forgot about the current challenge. Then when I remembered it I couldn’t at first think of anything that would fit the theme. A bit of research gave me the idea for the mask with feathers and I was off. As I don’t have any stamps that work for a mask I eventually used one I found on the Internet and coloured it with Sakura Glaze to get a deep green. I used a gold pen around the edges of both eyes and the entire mask shape. Another internet search netted me the tiny dragonflies which I managed to fussy cut using tweezers and scissors. These I glued to the upper corner edges of the mask. I spent some time with my Inka Gold pots and added the colours to a piece of mineral paper which I intended to die cut. Unfortunately although the colours are wonderful I didn’t realize that mineral paper doesn’t like being die cut so I got embossed impressions of feathers rather than the feathers I needed. I set it aside figuring I can use it later as a background and die cut more feathers using regular white card stock. My feather dies are from both SSS and Spellbinders and I cut more than I needed. After sponging them with various Mardi Gras colours I picked the best ones to add to the center of the mask. Using some purple Christmas ribbon I fringed and curled it a bit and then added some to each corner to hang down. The sentiment came from a new StampinUp set and after stamping I added a bit more ribbon and one feather to this before gluing it to the card front. Initially I made a harlequin background with a stencil, but hated the result so I did some more research trying to find one I liked which was unsuccessful. After thinking a bit, I remembered I had some lovely paper that had some golds in it so this became my background layer. I even added some feathers to the inside of the card. I know I shouldn’t say this, but I love the result for this card and my hubby was impressed.

10 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Mask

  1. Festive and gorgeous. Love this background patterned paper for your Mardi Gras leaves and mask. The added dragonflies on the mask are perfect for the challenge.

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    1. It isn’t often I really like one of my own creations, but I am proud of this one particularly because I had to get very creative when I didn’t have anything suitable to use at hand. Thanks Judy.

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  2. Gorgeous!!! That background with feathers added is so perfect for the mask. The gold trim, dragonflies and purple ribbon make a perfect Mardi Gras mask. I’m as impressed as your hubby.

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