Creative Expressions Masquerade Card

This workshop shows how to create some lovely tones and textures on a plain piece of card that will match up on the harlequin backing paper.

Here is a close up of the masks with the pearl glue dots that create a handle effect to the masks.


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Masquerade Harlequin Workshop


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Shopping List

Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders Floral Oval Die : WIZS4-356

UMount Masquerade Stamp Plate : UMMASQ

Cosmic Shimmer Purple Violet Pearl Glue :CSGPUR

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Crushed Pewter : DSPEWT

Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy : DCPROCK4

Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing PowderCSEPCLEAR

Cosmic Shimmer Blue Watercress Embossing Powder : CSEPBLUWA

Tim Holtz Dusty Concorde Distress Ink Pad : DPDUSTYCONC

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad  & Peeled Paint : DPPEELEDPAINT

Teal Stain / Grosgrain Ribbon : 373-58-04

Vintage Moss Green Ribbon : VRMOSS

Idea-o-ology Paper Stash – Vintage Shabby : TH92824

Coconut White 220 gsm A4 Card Stock : 40980

Wonder Tape  WH2, WH4, WH8 or WH10 are available


Step by Step Instructions

1  Select 3 of the mask stamps from the Umount masquerade stamp plate and mount them onto some Umount foam. Also cut a square of the harlequin backing paper from the Tim Holtz vintage shabby pad. The 6” x 6” square size panel has been from the paper pad. The crushed pewter distress stain & the rock candy crackle paint are also needed for the project.


2 Place the cut panel of backing paper onto the non stick craft mat. Dab some of the crushed pewter ink onto the edge of the paper and onto the craft mat. This will give a small edging of the silver ink.


3 Leave the distress stain is either air dried or heat set the ink. Now add some of the rock candy crackle paint to the edges & corners of the paper. The thicker the rock candy the bigger the cracks will appear on the paper. Again heat set or leave to dry naturally.


4 Take a piece of scrap card. This is an ideal time to use up old pieces of card or ones that have been marked like this piece has been. Take the distress stain and dab the ink around all the edges to make a mock backing paper edge to mount the harlequin panel on.


5 Take a piece of white or light blue card & swipe the anti static bag over the card. This will prepare the piece for any unwanted sticky areas making the embossing powder stick just to inked images and not the unwanted areas.


6 Ink the peacock feather stamp with the perfect medium clear ink & stamp the design at random over the edges of the card. Tip over the Cosmic Shimmer blue watercress embossing powder & heat set the powder.


7 Take some of the Tim Holtz peacock feathers & peeled paint distress ink and use a piece of cut`n`dry foam to add the colours to the edge of the stamped panel. Use the colours at random to bring in tones to the piece.


8 Also bring in the dusty concorde distress ink to add some additional colour to the peacock feather piece. Mat the piece onto a base card or panel of card. Now add some of the dusty concorde to the harlequin panel on enhance & bring out the crackle effect.


9 Take the 3 masks you selected for this project & stamp the image onto some white card using the archival ink pad & add some clear embossing powder over the ink. Mat the harlequin panel onto the backing paper using some foam tape for added dimension.


10 Cut & emboss the Spellbinder floral oval shape. Take the 3 previously used distress ink pads & add the colours at random over the piece. Keep the colours soft as the oval is covered.


11 Here is a photo of the 3 different layers of the card. As the colours are all toning so well something else is needed to break up design.


12 So take a length of moss vintage ribbon at add it the reverse of the oval panel. This is done by adding some wonder tape to the back of the oval & sticking the ribbon to tape, ruffling it as it`s stuck down.


13 Cut the 3 masks out using small decoupage snips or small scissors. Make sure the eye areas are cut to add to the effect of the masks. Colour in the small areas on the mask either using some drawing inks or some of the distress inks.


14 Stick the oval piece onto the harlequin panel using foam tape. Now add the masks using some 3d glue to give lift to the masks. Tilt the bottom area of the masks downwards to add to the effect. Attach a teal grosgrain bow to the corner of the card.

14  15 Apply some faux pearls to the corners of the card using the purple violet Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue. Make the centre dot larger & make the other 2 dots either side slightly smaller as they go down in size.


16 To complete the project add some more of the pearl dots to the sides of the masks to act as the mask handles & really bring out the colours in the project.



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