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Wednesday 5 August 2015

TMC 12 Masks

We have a fabulous new challenge for August over at The Mirror Crack’d of masks. I have made a venetian/fancy dress style mask, but you can enter with any mask project, so if you have used traditional masking of stamps on your project that will qualify as will using masks/stencils.

12 Masks C

I started with a papier mache mask and gessoed it in white. Then I did randomly sized diagonal stripes of colour with Maya Gold paints. The lemony colour on the end is actually from Luminarte Silks, but it is nowhere near as powerful as the Maya Golds, which look like burnished metal once they are dry, even before you buff them up, but more so after you have a quick rub with a soft cloth!

To make a break between each colour I have adhered some faux gem strings in a rainbow colourway which matched the colours in my mask. These are like little faceted cups of metal colour and sparkle like a real gem would.

12 Masks midway

I did toy with the idea of leaving it like the pic above, but decided it wasn’t quite what I was after, so I further decorated it with Prima Say it In Crystal and pearl swirls. The Say it In Crystals are self adhesive, but as I am rapidly discovering they don’t like sticking on the Maya Gold paint, so I might have to get out the glue gun to stick them down harder!

Here it is from two different angles.

12 Masks L      12 Masks R

Do PLEASE pop on over to The Mirror Crack’d and check out the rest of the team’s creations as they are amazing and very varied.

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – Showcase #1
Altered Eclectics – August: Anything Goes
Anything But Cute – #4 Making Magic (Inspired by the face half hidden behind a mask on the mood board. Hiding behind a mask you can be anything you want to)
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge – June/July: Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons – #107 Bright and Beautiful
Decorate to Celebrate – #106 Anything You Please
Fab ‘n’ Funky – #269 No Patterned Papers
Inspiration Destination – #45 Anything Goes
Mixed Media Mojo – August: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards – #23 Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner – Mexico Moods (I went for the vibrant colours on the mood board)
Our Daily Bread Designs
– #249 Colour Challenge (Most of the colours are in the painting of the mask and the orange shade in the faux gems)
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – August: Anything MM Goes
Stamps and Stencils – Happy Holidays (My mask reminds me of a gorgeous Venetian Holiday I had in my youth)



  1. The perfect project to remember a Venitian holiday by. I love the masks they sell there and this gorgeous one would not be out of place there! Love the colours and the jewelled embellishments.thankyou for sharing this with us over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  2. What a fun project!! I love the paper mache, your colors and the design!! Gorgeous work!! Thanks for sharing with us at ODBD!!

  3. so pretty thank you for joining our challenge at dtc. hugs

  4. Oh so glad you added the crystals Lin. It was lovely before but afterwards - it totally looks mysteriously lavish - like ready for the ball! And the bright colors are astoundingly gorgeous. What a wonderful creations. j.

  5. What a wonderful mask. Looks like you took for ever to make this, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafting for all Seasons. Sue DT xx

  6. Wow this is one beautiful mask, awesome creation, thank you for joining our challenge at FAB 'N' FUNKY
    lorraine x

  7. Wow... what a beautiful mask...those Maya gold paints are gorgeous !!!! Love the addition of the gems... Thank you for creating with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit

  8. Wow Lin, this is just breathtaking!! Your rainbow of colours completely captivated me and all those glorious rows and swirls of bling make this such a magical piece!! I've been swept away to a wondrous place that only exists in fairy tales!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our "Making Magic" challenge! Pamellia DT :)

  9. Wow! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  10. Lin, this is utterly amazing! Love what you did with this fab mask, all those little details bring it to life. So gorgeous. Hugs, Wends x

  11. Gorgeous. I like the rainbowcolours.
    Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination. Hope we see you again and good luck. xxx Michelle (DT)

  12. Wow this is a stunning mask i love the colours. Thank you for joining us at the Not Just Cards Challenge Blog this month. Hugs Jackie DT

  13. Gorgeous!!! Love the colors and the shape of the mask you created!
    Thank you so very much for joining our challenge Making Magic at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  14. Gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!
    The Leaf Studio

  15. What a pretty mask, vibrant colors and so catchy.Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa (Dt).

  16. Wow I love the rainbow sparkle and shine you gave this mask - it's beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute xxx

  17. Gorgeous shimmery mask and as close to a magical rainbow as gosh is to darn :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  18. A fabulous mask, such gorgeous colours.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  19. WOW! this is so beautiful and colorful. Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate.

  20. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mask with us Mixed Media Mojo.
    xxx Hazel.

  21. Thank you for joining us this month at
    Not Just Cards
    One of our sponsors has set up a new challenge blog and we would be delighted to see you join us at Julia Spiri Challenge blog
    Hugs Lori


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