Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Masquerade Ball card Entry for week 284 - Perfect Pearls

Hello crafty peeps and welcome to my crafty nook. I hope you are all having a brilliant week. I'd like to share my entry for this week's blog challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers blog, the theme this time is "Perfect Pearls" and can be any sort of pearl product including half backed pearls, pearl strands and liquid pearls.

Kanban - Magical image with pearls
Unfortunately I haven't had time or the resources to make my white box yet and the main photo of this card is pretty bad so I thought I'd start with a close up of the main image which is taken from an old Kanban stamp set from 2010 called "Magical" which features this main image, masquerade masks, sprinkles and a sentiment. This image is huge so i had to lay it flat on my desk, ink it up then lay my card over it and rub it all over to transfer the ink. I inked the feathers on the headdress using Distress Ink in Peacock feathers then carefully inked the rest using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I coloured the image using ProMarkers (see list below) I went over the star tinsel with Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star pen using a dotting action. I added silver Dovecraft 3D Pearl effects at various points and a half backed pearl on her headdress.

Mask embellishment and sentiment

I stamped the large mask from the same stamp set, coloured with ProMarkers and fussy cut it out. I stamped a Feather from a Hot Off The Press stamp set using Peacock feathers ink and cut it out using the coordinating die, I the cut out two other feathers using the same die which embosses the feathers as shown. I coloured these feathers using Salty Ocean distress ink and Peacock Feathers ink as shown. I highlighted the veins of  all the feathers using the clear star pen. I shaped the mask and added a pearl from Dovecraft Modern Back to Basics Christmas to the left hand side of the mask. I took a scallop 8" x 8" card blank and covered it with the feather paper taken from Craftwork Cards Venetian 8" x8" paper pack and cut down a topper from the same set which I added to the mask using Siesta Refillable tape runner.

Sorry this is a bit blurry

I arranged the elements as shown and stuck them with a combination of foam tape and tape runner. I added 3 large half pearls on the right hand bottom corner.

Close up of top half of main image with liquid pearl embellishments

Close up of lower part of main image

Close up of feathered mask

ProMarkers used

Skin - Tan
Lips - Putty and Sunkissed Pink
Moon - Primrose
All purple areas coloured using a combination of  Lilac, Lavender, Orchid and Amethyst
Other areas on costume coloured using Cool Grey 3,4 and 5

I'm not sure who this card will end up being for my mum for Mother's Day perhaps but I like it and for once I'm pleased with how the colouring turned out. The colour combination may be a bit unusual but I really like it and I love how the 3D liquid pearls turned out! 

If you want to join in with the challenge click on the link I hope you like my entry as always if you have any questions please leave them below or find me on Facebook and friend me! (just click on the FB badge on the sidebar!)

Until next time - keep crafting!

Love and crafty hugs,

Sarah xxx


  1. Great card, Sarah! Fabulous feathers in the paper and die cuts and great contrasting colour tones with that aqua green and lilac. Thanks for joining us this week at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

  2. Thank you Lisa, I was a bit worried about the colour combo - I like it but I was aware it might not be to everyone's taste so I'm relieved you've not run away screaming lol. It's the first time I've used liquid pearls on a project which was great fun (I really enjoyed flicking them from underneath the card to make them domed!) Big crafty hugs, Sarah xxx

  3. So gorgeous Sarah.I love your colours combo and details and your lady is so elegant.
    Thanks so much for joining in my theme this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

    1. Thank you Coops, I've really enjoyed this week's challenge I have pearls but rarely use them because I'm a bit of a magpie and like the shine of gems so it was a fantastic excuse to break them out and try something different. Crafty hugs Sarah xxx


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