Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Festive Mardi Gras in October!


What fun I had with this AB spread in Gretchen's book entitled "Celebrations!" There are so many things--big and small--that we celebrate. Having just visited Venice, the city of Carnavale, I really wanted to do something with masks. Why not a pop-up mask? So very moi!

For this spread, I used a manila folder as the base for my pop-up. I used Mardi Gras color Lumiere paints to create the background. On top of that, I layered "happy" and "sad" mylar face cut-outs in the same Mardi Gras colors. Lucky for me, it's Halloween season and it was not difficult to find a purple sequined mask for my showpiece. I added the gold trim to finish the edges and then built a feather "crown" by anchoring feathers into a piece of cardstock I secured above the mask. I think I got a bit carried away with the height of the feathers, because the feathers stick out of the book when you close it! I really struggled with the idea of whether to add strands of Mardi Gras beads, but there was no way the book would close if I added them to my spread. Somehow, I don't think Gretchen will mind...

6 comments:

  1. OMG Lorena!!!! I love this so much and can't believe it is mine!! I don't care AT ALL that the feathers stick out. This is a celebration, after all - the more the merrier. Thanks so much!

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  2. Oh my gosh! This spread is so luscious and fun and colorful! How wonderful! What a gift this will be for Gretchen!

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  3. Lorean! You've outdone yourself on this one!!! Lucky Gretchen!!

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  4. Fun spread, beautiful realized.

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  5. What a playful yet elegant celebration! It totally embodies the feeling and character of Mardi Gras. Love it.

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  6. Gotta love that mask! I hope you post a step-by-step tutorial on how you made this great work of art!

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