Friday 31 August 2012

Filigree Masquerade Mask

Oh, I'm attending a Masquerade Ball in a few weeks, so I thought I'd make a Mask to go with my lovely red long dress! I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in the Silhouette Cameo design store, so I thought I’d share with you how I made the mask using a simple shape and my Cameo design software.

First of all though, the Mask Recipe:
Paper & Card: Stardream Black, Red Pearlescent
Tools: Silhouette Cameo, Xyron Creative Station
Embellishments: Double satin ribbon 10mm, hand-made beaded Hat Pins, crystals, glitter, marabou feathers, dowel

I cut the three layers of the Mask using the Silhouette Cameo (more detailed instructions in my Filigree Masquerade Mask Tutorial), two layers in Stardream Onyx from Joanna Sheen and one layer from Red Pearlescent.  I put the top layer of the mask through my Xyron to add an even layer of adhesive and covered it in Art Institute black glitter. I layered this directly onto the middle mask and embellished with rhinestone crystals. I also added the feathers and hatpin to the back to this layer.

Before attaching these middle layer to the bottom layer of the mask, I shaped both with my bone folder, then used Pinflair glue gel to add dimension. I covered a length of 9mm dowel with black and red ribbon before glueing to the mask.

Please do let me know what you think of this project by leaving a comment and don't forget to visit my Filigree Masquerade Mask Tutorial.
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Silhouette Cameo Filigree Masquerade Mask Tutorial

So to make this mask, these are the steps that I followed on my Silhouette Cameo. I selected a simple mask shape. To make the layers, you need to use the offset tool, but you need to use offset and inset to make the layers work properly.

Step 1.

Ungroup the mask shape. Select both of the “eyes” and use the offset tool at a margin of 0.25mm. Then select the outer mask shape and use the inset tool at a margin of 0.25mm to create the mask shape. You then have two perfectly matched mask layers. Group togethr the three elements each mask layer and separate into 2 individual masks. Repeat this step on your newly created middle layer mask, but using a 0.5mm margin to create the smallest top layer. Again, group into 2 masks and separate.

You now should be left with 3 mask layers:

Step 2.

To add the filigree detail to the top layer, choose a shape from your library that includes filigree detail. I choose Beautiful Butterfly from my library. Ungroup this shape and then move away the outline image. This leaves you with a variety of filigree shapes to play with. I then copied a number of these elements and repositioned them onto one half of the mask, using tools such as flipping, resizing or rotating as appropriate. Complete one half of the mask and the centre section.

You should now have a mask the looks like the first image right. Select all the filigree elements on the left of your mask together and group. Then create a mirror image and place it on the right side of the mask. You’ll now have a perfectly symmetrical image and a completed filigree layer.

Ta Da - The completed Mask Layer

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Monochrome Magic

Hello. For this card, I wanted to try out a monochrome look as it is a new home card for a very modernistic couple. I have to admit, though, it’s not a style I’ll be rushing back to, whilst it is striking, it’s just not embellished enough for fussy me!!!

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Kanban
Colouring Mediums: Stazon Black
Paper & Card: Conqueror, Stardream Opal
Tools: Spellbinders, BigShot Pro, The Crafter’s Workshop Mask
Embellishments: Ribbon, crystals, glossy accents

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Friday 17 August 2012

Teenage Dreams

A bit of a change for me as no stamping and colouring involved! This morning, my Mother rung and asked for a card for a young lady neighbour who’s turning thirteen this weekend. Fortunately, I had the most perfect Hunkydory card kit for the occasion.

Card Recipe:

Paper & Card: HunkyDory, Stardream
Tools: Spellbinders, BigShot, Quickutz

Embellishments: Hand-made beaded Hat Pins, crystals, mulberry gardenia & cherry blossoms, butterfly charm

However, I couldn’t stop myself from a bit of titivation! I used Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accents to cut the corners and border. With the border, before removing it from the die after cutting, I pierced holes along the edge, and I’m very pleased with the effect it has created. I love the butterfly charm (an Ebay buy), which comes with spaces to add the crystals so that you can coordinate the colours to suit your project.

I think this is perfect for a new teenager – I hope you agree!

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