New Orleans Mask

My upline Kym has a team create day once a quarter and last team create day she set us a challenge to create a mask to celebrate New Orleans given that is where the Backstage event was being held. Backstage is a Stampin’ Up Event exclusive to Silver Elite Demonstrators and above. I am currently Silver but have been working very hard to get to Silver Elite for the last 12 months so it would be so awesome if I could achieve this. If not, I will certainly have loads of fun along the way.

The challenge was open to anyone in our team, regardless of their title and at the next team create day, and a people’s vote will judge the winner. With everything happening around the world with Corona Virus we are not sure our next team create day will happen at the scheduled time, but I still wanted to showcase my creation here because I have used a lot of products that I have recently found out are retiring.

This idea had been in my head the moment Kym announced the challenge and then the biggest challenge for me was getting the ideas out of my head onto paper. Kym’s only restrictions were that EVERYTHING had to be current Stampin’ Up! product. This was a mission because my first thought was I would get feathers from the $2 shop and help enhance my mask. Kym gave us the mask’s, we had a choice of a normal mask or a butterfly-shaped mask. I chose the butterfly-shaped one but I started working this and because of the glossy finish on it, nothing was coming outright. So I traced the pattern onto our Shimmery White Cardstock and then cut that out.

There were quite a few hours spent making this mask and loads of steps but I did try and remember to take photos at each stage. Once my Detailed Peacock Dies arrived I cut loads of feathers and the little sprigs. Using all the colours of the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets and the DSP, as well as multiples in the Sparkle Glimmer Paper. I knew I wanted to use purple but the Gorgeous Grape cardstock was just so plain put up against all the sparkle and shiny papers already used. I then decided to cover this in the Fine Tip Glue and set aside to dry. This gave the cardstock a nice gloss to it and it looked like it now fitted.

I wanted to use the lace on the mask somewhere to give it some texture but the vanilla just did not go with my colour choices. So I am dying the lace here with the reinker. Initially, I tried the pigment sprinkles, but when it dried it came out more pink, not purple. I also found I got a deeper purple colour when using alcohol (Isocol) as my liquid instead of water.

After speaking with my good friend Helen McEwen who is a demonstrator in New Zealand she suggested colouring the sparkle glimmer paper to help match the project as well. I had never thought of this and went to try it immediately, however, I had forgotten to order the pretty peacock reinker so this step had to wait until that arrived. Again I mixed the reinkers with alcohol (Isocol) rather than water, this way they dry quicker and I think they turned out great. They did lighten up quite a bit compared to these pictures but I think they work great on the end results.

Whilst I had the reinkers in the Stampin’ Spritz bottles I sprayed my mask but I forgot to take photos before I started decorating it all. After the mask dried from all the ink I then ran it through the embossing machine using the Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder. The mask didn’t quite fit so I did one side of the eye each time and had the join at the nose piece. You can’t even notice is which is good.

After embossing the mask I wanted to cover it with the Frost White Shimmer Paint to give it some sparkle because I knew the rest of my decorations were going to very sparkly. I shook the paint and used a dauber with the excess paint the collects in the lid and rubbed this all over the mask. It was AMAZING. Just what I had in my head and it was all coming together so nicely.

Now because my mask was looking so good, there was no way I could just use elastic to hold this mask on to my face. I chose the reversible pretty peacock/old olive ribbon and simply stapled this on showing the pretty peacock side to the outside. I would aim to cover the staples with all the decorations.

Adhering the lace down first with the fine tip glue and let this dry. Once the ribbon was a bit wet from the glue it did run a little so you don’t want to be moving it around too much as you will leave purple marks all over your mask. I let this dry overnight and then came back the next day to start sticking down the rest of the decorations.

Starting to layer all my pieces together by laying them all down first where I wanted them and did not adhere anything until I was happy with the placement as I didn’t want to have to start again.

I finished off adding the Peacock Rhinestones to the project.  Gorgeous Grape was used around the eyes, I did the Pretty Peacock over the lace ribbon up the top of the mask and then I finished off the bottom of the mask with the Blueberry Buschel ones.  I had to be a bit careful as I only had 1 1/2 packs of these and did not want to purchase anymore just to finish the project and that is why I changed up the colours, but I think it works well with everything else that is going on.

I originally had the peacock in the pretty peacock colour but it got lost a little so then I recut him out again in the sparkle glimmer paper and left him as is to ensure that he stood out.

Generally, I don’t often make projects other than cards but had so much fun with this one and hope it inspires you to get creative and jump out of your comfort zone. Thank you Kym for the awesome challenge.

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6 thoughts on “New Orleans Mask”

  1. Wow, wow, wow. I love it. fits the brief completely. I do hope that we get to have a team day as planned very soon. Thanks for putting all the time into this challenge.

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