Jan 13 2008

Mardi Gras

Published by at 3 24 am under General Purpose Cards

Flourisheshas two new sets out, Harlequin and Mardi Gras, and WOW, what beauties they are!!! I made this card using Mardi Gras. Yes, this northern girl who has never been to New Orleans or even that part of the US is making a Mardi Gras card — LOL!!! Hope I got it kind of right!!! I got my new stamps and just had to try, so I started by stamping the mask and just kept on a-going. What fun!!! I felt like I was making a Halloween costume, and oh, Iused to love to make costumes for my boys.


This was made for Sunday’s Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS, and today’s featured stamper is I’mVeronica.Here is her card that I chose to case. I chose this card because of the large square format, just what I needed to accomodate this mask. Thanks, Veronica!!! You have a lovely gallery!!! You may view it here.

I used the fun new Two Scoops 6 x6 pad by Basic Grey — love it!!! And truly when I began this card, I had no idea where I was going. I first stamped the mask in the center of my DP sheet with Versafine Onyx Black. Well, I right away decided it should have been embossed, so I just went over my stamped line with an embossing pen (had I stamped with Versa Mark originally I could have avoided this step) and then I embossed it with a mixture of Black Detail EP and Iridescent Ice EP. It’s dark and sparkly!!! The eyes and wand are embossed in the same way. The feathers and dangles were all stamped with SU Classic Ink in Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi. I then went over them all with a fine tipped glue pen and added unknown green glitter to the dangles and Dazzling Diamonds to all the feathers. The body of the mask face was also done in Dazzling Diamonds. The feather is from my neighbor’s chickens, attached with a Mini Glue Dot. The rhinestones are Twinkle Stickers by AMuse. The ribbon or bow type thing was made by wrapping 5 rounds around a 3.5″ piece of cardstock, then tying in the middle with a short piece of ribbon, cutting all looped ends and just arranging it how I wanted it, using Mini Glue Dots to keep the unruly ends in place. There is a small hole punched with the Cropadile and the tail ends of the piece used to tie the ribbon in the center are run through that hole and attached on the back. The main image panel is up on mounting tape. This image is super sparkly IRL, but that isn’t coming across in the photo at all — sorry!

This stamp set, the Basic Grey Two Scoops DP, and the dotted ribbon are all available at Flourishes.

  • Stamps: Mardi Gras by Flourishes
  • Paper: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Two Scoops 6 x 6 pad by Basic Grey
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi
  • Accessories: Embossing Pen, Black and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Twinkle Stickers, Ribbon, Cropadile, Mounting Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Real Chicken Feather.

Don’t know if I captured the feeling of Mardi Gras with this card, but it sure was fun to make!!! There are many other fun images in this set that I can’t wait to try out!!! Again, thanks so much for checking in!!!! Have a great Sunday!!!

25 responses so far

25 Responses to “Mardi Gras”

  1. Your card is absolutely stunning! I’m a Northern woman too but I know that you nailed this card! It is gorgeous!


  2. Connie Watson says:

    Good morning Sharon,
    Having never been to New Orleans …so maybe I don’t have a clue!!…I think this card captures it all. Absolutely gorgeous Sharon!! The neighbor’s chicken feather is a nice touch!! It truly made me smile this morning. Thank you!! Have a great Sunday. Miss you guys lots. Connie

  3. Bonnie says:

    I’ve never been to Mardi Gras or even New Orleans, but I love this card! The sparkles really make the mask! Two Scoops – get in my mailbox fast!!

  4. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Oh, WOW, Sharon…this is amazing! I thought all the feathers were real until I read the details. The mask is gorgeous and so sparkly. Awesome ribbon treatment. The scoops paper has such fun colors. Gotta go check out Flourishes now. Have a great Sunday.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Awesome card. Great ideas. Love It.

  6. Michelle says:

    From a Louisiana girl living in the north – this is beautiful and makes me miss home especially this time of the year! What a wonderful card!!! I love my daily trips to your blog!

  7. Sewflake says:

    As a northerner living in the south, (and fairly close to New Orleans), I think you hit it right on! Makes me want to particitate in all the up coming parades. Fantastic!! I am working with that stamp set today. You give me inspiration. Thanks!

  8. nina says:

    Hi, Sharon! Just wanted to thank you for joining in on the fun over at the QK Bloggers Club!

    You are the Featured Blogger of the Day!

    Check it out here: http://qkdbloggers.blogspot.com/.

    Thanks again and have a ncie day! =)

  9. leslierich says:

    Fantastic, Sharon! Wow! You did a great job matching papers to the look you were going for. The sparkle must be amazing IRL. Whether I know anything about Mardi Gras or not, I’d still get a kick out of receiving this card!

  10. Viv (VivLyn) says:

    I have no idea if you got it right either, but it certainly looks good to me! Love it!

  11. Diane says:


    Just one word….GORGEOUS!

  12. patty says:

    Well I was born in New Orleans and still here and I must say you did very good on your card.


    P.S. the local newspaper for New Orleans Metro area is The Times Picayune http://www.nola.com — check it out Mardi Gras this year is very early Feb 5, but start checking the newspaper (nola.com) and you will be able to see picture and write up about Mardi Gras.

  13. PARTY!!! looks perfect and I so love the stamps with the new BG Two Scoops paper!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    WOW! Captivating and oh so scintillating! Unforgettable jewel of a card! Thank you for sharing your gift with us.


  15. Dawn E. says:

    Simply gorgeous Sharon! What a fun stamp!!

  16. This is so fun! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day!

  17. Kiko says:

    Mardi Gras is all about “dazzle” and this captures it perfectly! The ribbon treatment is wonderful, as is the whole look of the card.

  18. Jerri Jimenez says:

    I love this Sharon, my husband and I lived in New Orleans for four years while he was in his residency. I have such wonderful memories and Mardi Gras was always so much fun! Oh, this card brings back so many memories, thanks for taking me down memory lane.

  19. NancyK says:

    “The feather is from my neighbor’s chickens”

    Why of course!!! This stopped me dead in my tracks when I read this! So, you need a feather for an embellishment and you go to your neighbor and say, “I’m making a card, can I borrow a feather from your chicken?”.
    Sharon – your creativity is endless – this card is perfect for Mardi Gras! And this city girl is in awe of you!

  20. jennie_hi says:

    This is glorious. Such a fun card. I love the use of the feathers. TFS Jennie

  21. Linda says:

    New Orleans is my hometown. I am now living in New Jersey.
    Sharon, you did a great job with the card. Now, we just need to have “king cakes”. If you don’t know what that is…here’s a little history about it.

  22. StampMom says:

    ooooh, pretty… now I’ve *got* get these stamps — DH throws a huge Mardi Gras party every year and these will be perfect for the invites. Thanks!!

  23. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Sharon, you are such an enabler. I commented on this card in the SCS gallery — then decided that, yes, I do NEED this set. Ordered it yesterday morning, got a notice that it was shipped yesterday afternoon. Maybe it will be here tomorrow — I’m also in Florida, same as Flourishes! I will have NO money left for my old age!

  24. Rose Ann says:

    Oh my gosh…how fun and perfect is this? I love the color and papers! The feather and ribbons are the perfect touches!!!

  25. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Well, I bought this set and made a card for my boss. We work for the National Cartoonists Society, which is meeting in New Orleans this year. I thought this set was perfect. Here’s a link to my card if you want to take a peek at a shameless CASE — http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/788018?cat=500&ppuser=72594

    So, I won’t have any money in my old age. But I can always stamp for food!

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