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helengullett.com · Feb 15, 2017

Joy Clair Mardi Gras Show

Hello Everyone… I hope you all had a lovely day celebrating Valentine’s Day yesterday with your loved ones. There is always a special way to show love to others, at any time we can, for love is what you do, not only what you say.

Today… I am joining the Joy Clair Design Team for the Mardi Gras Event. This is a fun event showcasing the Mardi Gras stamp set. Check out all the inspirations from the team at Joy Clair Blog today!

If you are like me, came from a country where do not have Mardi Gras celebration, I found this event is very interesting… Here’s what I found from Wikipedia about Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras (/ˈmɑːrdiɡrɑː/), also called Shrove Tuesday,(1) or Fat Tuesday,(2)(3)(4)(5) in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

This event is celebrated in several countries, including United States. So, for this event, I created 2 cards with Mardi Gras stamp set:

First card is a shaker card. I die cut 2 sizes of rectangle dies to create the shaker window. I added the acetate plastic that I recycled from plastic packaging. You can use any acetate plastic you have

For the background, I did a heat-embossing resist technique with color burst powder. First, on a piece watercolor paper I heat embossed the fancy mask with gold embossing powder, then add some of the color burst powder on wet surface. I sprayed more to blend the colors. And I dabbed some of the extra pool water off with paper towel.

I used mixed color sequins from my stash for the shaker card.

And the second card has the same watercolored panel I created on the first one, only I did not stamp or embossed on it. I sprinkle some water with watercolor brush, and dabbed it off the panel with paper towel to add extra texture on it. Then I die cut it with scallop stitched rectangle die.

I stamped the masks on white cardstock with black archival ink and sprinkled some of the black glitter embossing powder on it. And heat-set them with my craft heater. I just fussy cut them out. But when you buy stamp sets from Joy Clair, you will receive SVG cutting files for the stamp that you can use with any electronic die cutting machine. I added the masks on the card with 3D foam tape.

Then I hand-wrote the sentiment using black Tombow Dual Brush Pen. And I finished the card with some gold stars sequins.

Here’s the preview of the Mardi Gras stamp set:

THANK YOU so much for visiting me today! I hope you all are inspired by these cards to create your own to celebrate the fun Mardi Gras event.

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