Friday, 5 February 2016

SDC230 - Mardi Gras

SDC this weeks title is Mardi Gras which this year is on February 9th, I read the prompt and instantly knew I wanted bold intense colours and as I am writing this I can hear mardi gras music, whistles, drums etc. Sooooo cool! in my head that is (I have a good imagination).
The Challenge host this week is Kathi, this is what she said.

"The colours of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold... use them or the symbols of Mardi Gras  Fluer-de-lys, masks, costumes or music!! Let the good times roll."
So my take on this, if you have young children or grandchildren you may have seen the film Rio.
Yes, it's animated but it's fun colourful and includes a touch of a Mardi Gras parade. The film is about a rare blue bird, taken as baby and shipped away from his home in Rio to America.
Cutting a long story short a young girl finds him in a box in the snow which has fallen off a Lorry.
She cares for him and they spend many happy years together until a stranger from Rio spots him through a window and asks if the owner could take him to Rio to breed with his female Blue bird.
All goes well until he is kidnapped again, the Mardi Gras parade was a clip of his journey and how he  found. The owner dresses as a Blue bird and that was my inspiration.

Blimey that said here goes with a journal page.
The first layer was ink sprays, second layer was texture paste through a couple of masks using three colours of mica powders mixed into the paste, gold, purple and green.

Next layer stamping with archival ink, French text, Mardi Gras and Party.
The images were stamped with embossing ink and embossed with gold glitter to make them more carnival like. The images were coloured with distress ink and added to the page.
A layer of more stamping created the grounding for the Carnival Princess to stand on.

Finally the beads were added paint mixed with mica powder, this didn't have the desired effect and so I knew somewhere I had gold perfect pearls and glossy accents. These were added over the top of the paint to add a more pearl like appearance.

That's it for today, hope you like it for more inspiration go to the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog here.

Sue X


  1. Wow! This is fantastic with so many wonderful details! You definitely embraced the spirit of Mardi Gras!

    Thanks for playing along with my challenge for Stampotique Designers Challenges!

  2. Wonderful Sue!
    Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

  3. Great textural background and loads of colour!! Who knew!
    Happy Craftin

  4. Fabulous!! Thanks for joining us over at Stampotique this week.

  5. Gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us over at Stampotique this week !
    Corrie x

  6. This is brilliant Sue, I love the inspiration behind it all, and your carnival princess is beautiful!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge,and have a fun week. Sue xx

  7. Beautiful ♥

    Thank you for joining the challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's challenge blog. Gez


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