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Friday, March 21, 2014


Magic Exists Mask 
by Sue Smyth 

For my project this month, I have made a mask, this is kind of a 
play on the Venetian masks, complete with loads of texture, feathers
and rhinestones.

Close up of butterfly and leaves, I have used embossing
powders to cover these, see the tutorial 
The word magic is simply covered with black glitter.

The mask is attached to a long pole, I simply
pinched a bamboo stake from the garden
painted it black and randomly 
stamped a crackle stamp
across it.

I purchased a pre-made mask from a cheap store.
Then adhered lots of chip shapes to the surface. You 
may have to wet some of the shapes to be able 
to bend them to the shape of the mask.
Add some pearls and beads to the surface and paint the 
lot with gesso.

Then choose your favorite ink colours and spray the 
darker colours on the outside and lighter on the middle
and inside.

To alter the peacockk feathers, spray blue with mist or paint, then
apply liquid pearls over the top of the surface.
Apply lines of blue first, then blend in lines of 
green and purple as desired. Allow to dry.

For the butterflies, paint with black spray paint or ink 
first. Dab liberally with Versa Mark embossing

Randomly sprinkle with different coloured embossing 

 Heat set, add more powder and colour if needed and allow to cool.

The result is amazing, kind of like an iridescent look so
like a butterflies wing.
Attach butterflies and feathers along with ribbons to
mask. Add rhinestones as desired.

Chipboard  I have used 

Adore layout 
by Sue Smyth 

This butterfly concoction is inspired by the Monarch Butterfly.
I love the colours, dramatic black with vibrant orange so I have used
the large Imaginarium butterfly along with smaller ones and the 
butterfly border to make a butterfly layout.

Just like the mask I have painted the butterfly with black paint, then 
covered with Versa mark and random sprinkles of embossing powder.

For the background I have used plain vanilla cardstock, I adhered the cut up
butterfly border to the top and bottom and painted with gesso.
Then sprayed vibrant orange Dylusions to create a splash of 

Once the background is done,
 I have clustered flowers, trinkets and elements
 around swirls of rhinestones
and black chip flourishes.
Then I have sprinkled sequins, rhinestones and small elements
around the page to give the illusion of movement.

Chipboard I have used 

Happy Crafting everybody,
hope you give the embossing treatment a try and

Dont forget to leave a comment


  1. Oh my goodness Sue these projects are amazing and so inspiring! I absolutely LOVE what you have done on them both but especially the mask... probably because it is my favourite colours! xxx

  2. I really love the large butterfly in the Adore layout - and the whole layout is gorgeous.