Masquerade Greeting Card

I love a parade…err, masquerade!

For the woman who likes to dress up, perhaps be a little mysterious, I created this masquerade card. Don’t you love this fashion image from Stamping Bella? It’s called Uptown Girl Marcella Goes to the Masquerade.

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A fashion greeting card featuring a masquerade mask.

I stamped it in Versafine Black Onyx ink onto watercolor paper and then colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in a variety of shades with my water brush. I created an ombre effect on the bottom portion of her dress and overlaid diamond Stickles for some sparkle there and in her eye mask.

The bodice of her dress is paper-pieced using a 6″ x 6″ DCWV peach-colored glitter paper from the Glitter Basics stack. I love adding a little bit of pattern to a design this way! Just be sure to edge the paper with a black marker so it blends in with the stamped image.

It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I created a soft blue background using lots of water and a couple of blue Distress Markers. A darker shade makes a floor for her to stand on.

As a final touch, I ran some clear Versamark embossing ink around the edge of the paper and then heat-embossed using some really cool pink and gold embossing powder from Stampendous. And then I added my go-to rhinestone in the upper corner to balance things out.

I wanted the focus to be on the image, so I adhered it with foam tape to an off-white cardstock panel, folded at the top. On the inside is the corresponding message, “Dance through the masquerade of life without wearing a mask for being yourself is the most beautiful thing, author unknown.”

What an interesting sentiment! Here’s to living life without a mask!

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Halloween Card: Glittery Jack O’Lantern

I love this time of year in Florida. Though it’s still humid, the start of fall signals the promise of cooler weather. And, of course, pumpkin spice coffee (my favorite)!

To get in the mood for fall, I’m making Halloween cards. My first one is a clean and simple design, one that I think will appeal to my fashion-forward friends.

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A glittery Jack O’Lantern to celebrate Halloween.

I bought this EK Success Jack O’Lantern punch on clearance last Halloween. It was a thrill to pull it out of my almost-forgotten Halloween stash. Almost like getting a surprise Halloween gift!

I punched out the smiling pattern on some orange glitter paper from a 12″ x 12″ Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween-themed paper pad, Carnival. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper and adhered it to a black card stock base from Bazzill using foam squares. I like how the raised orange panel creates dimension and shadow for the Jack O’Lantern face.

Figuring out the right sentiment was a challenge. Originally I had created a banner sentiment from white paper and various Halloween-themed Distress Inks, but it looked too vintage against the glitter.

Finally, I found in my stash theseĀ rhinestone alphabet letters from the Paper Studio. I used a ruler and a pencil to line the three letters up evenly to spell, “Boo.”

And I’m not done yet! Normally I don’t do a lot on the inside of my cards, but I thought this was a perfect time to use my mini Jack O’Lantern punch. I think it’s also from EK Success.

This time I punched it out of the same orange glitter paper, and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the bottom right corner of white card stock. I rounded the corners once again and adhered it to the inside.

The inside hides its own mini Jack O'Lantern.

The inside hides its own mini Jack O’Lantern.

Cute, huh?

Please tell me what you think. What are you making for Halloween this year?

Thanks for looking!