October 3, 2014

Love Takes Off the Masks

I am totally smitten with our new Venetian Mask stamp.  The intricate details, elegance, the swirls and the plethora of ideas that spring to mind when I see it.

As soon our new stamp shipment came in, I had to rip open the boxes and play with this stamp!  I wanted to see if it stamped as well as I had hoped.  (Not sure why I even doubted my manufacturer, because it turned out PERFECT!)

I have been dying to emboss the Venetian Mask in Gold so that is the first thing I did and holy cow!  My photography skills are beyond pathetic and you can't necessarily see all of the fine detail in the image, but it is stunning!

I also love the contrast between the black paper and the white embossing powder.  Talk about in love!  To be honest, I had to wait a bit longer to actually make a card using the stamp, but my curiosity was satiated enough that I was able to get through inventory of our new shipment.  (Talk about will power!  I should get a cookie or something!)

Once I was finished, I went back into my Pinterest board and I had found this stunning image of a woman in a mask and I knew it was going to be an inspiration piece.

I love the colors and vibrancy of this image!  Plus, let's face it, it is very peacock-esque and I am a sucker for peacocks!  I didn't have a lot of time to sit and play and I had just purchased my very first Copic markers so I thought I would do a little experimentation with the Copics and the Venetian Mask stamp.

I did a black embossing powder onto white card stock and just started coloring in some of the fine details of the mask.  I didn't want to overwhelm the mask with color, I just wanted to highlight a few of the areas.  Luckily for me, I had colors in my first little set of Copics that coordinated with my inspiration photo.  To finish up the image I added a few rhinestones just to give it a bit of bling!

I wanted to keep the card clean and simple so the only thing I added to the card was a bit of silver glitter paper as a first layer.  On the inside I used one of my new favorite sentiment stamps, "Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." - James Baldwin.  Talk about a fabulous sentiment to go with this stamp!  Plus, it features my most favorite font from Debi!

My husband, on the other hand, thought the card was...ok.  After him being in the dog house through dinner and into most of the evening, I made another card using the white embossed mask from earlier.

I again kept it very clean and simple and the hubby gave his seal of approval.  He loved the stark contrast of the black and white and he said that it "exuded elegance".  (Don't tell him, but I think he was right.  It is a very elegant card.)

My daughter, on the other hand, loved the original card and wanted me to make her one for her girlfriend's birthday.  I did the same front, but on the inside I used our "Be what you want to be." stamp which will be released later in the year.  Anyone can say, "Happy birthday" so I thought a nice inspirational quote would be an endearing change up.

I can't wait to use the gold embossed mask at some point and I have another idea for a card that I can't wait to play with!

If you would like to create your own Venetian Masterpiece, you can find the stamps that I used here:

Venetian Mask
Love takes off the mask
Be - Future Release

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!

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