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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Venetian Carnival Mask - Thursday 30th January

Hello Friends,

Hoping you are well and getting lots of craft time this week! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Yesterday was a card with quite a bit of colour, I love colour and when Hels Sheridan set the  theme of 'orange' for this week's Sunday Stampers I was really pleased - Spiced Marmalade is one of my favourite distress inks and I got to use it in abundance! I love the browns, oranges etc, which is why autumn is also one of my favourite card making times of the year - and seasons.

Today however it's back to monotone and another Zentangle inspired card made as an example for the ladies at our class tonight, the second of our Zentangle workshops. I've been making a lot of examples over the past few weeks and I do confess that the ones where I've added colour are my favourite - but that's just a personal thing, I always feel the need for colour! For work I wear a black sweatshirt or polo shirt with our logo on it, so with it I wear black trousers..but I always have to at least add some colourful earrings!

For our class we are providing an assortment of dreamweaver stencils for the group to use. Stencils are brilliant to use as a base for Zentangle designs and there are several books available that show you how to achieve lovely results using them - I have several more cards to post over the next few weeks that use stencils.

However, you can of course draw your own designs (I'm working on one at the moment), use masks, rubber stamps -anything suitable - and for this 

card I drew around a Spellbinders Venetian Mask die for  the basic outline.     

Before starting my tangle design, I partitioned areas of the mask by drawing  'strings' between two areas. This gives you a guideline in which to draw each different pattern (or leave blank). The strings can be anything you like - swirls, zig-zags or just lines.

For the background to the easel I used the 'Venetian' M-Bossability and die cut the image using Labels 17 and the 'outside the box' method to allow the 'feathers' to hang over the side.

I  shaded some areas of the design with pencil and used some black ribbon through a ribbon buckle die to the side of the image and added some gems and black and white hat pins.

For the base I drew a tangle design around the edge and added a sentiment (stamp by Indigo Blu) as the stopper with a diamante brad.

Apologies for the close up photo above, I haven't added pink gems in an effort to add some colour - I was wearing a red sweatshirt when I took the photo and somehow got a bounce of light back on this one!

Off to work now for a morning of the one thing I really don't like about my job! Sitting in a meeting all morning, when all I am thinking about it what I could be making better use of my time doing back at the office (or even better in the craft room)!

I'll be back tomorrow with that Zentangle inspired card that has a bit of a twist to it!

Thanks so  much for stopping by and have a great day all!

I am entering this card in 
Country View  Crafts current challenge with the theme of

Love and Hugs,

Carole X


  1. Morning Carole,
    Great card, love Zentangle, but not tried it as yet, Good luck with the challenge.

  2. You do black and white very well. This was a lot of great stencil work. I really like this card but I got a kick out of what, looked like, the pink gems. I had the same thing happy to me the other day with a green sweater I was wearing. LOL Enjoy your day.

  3. Brilliant card Carole, I really like this Black & White Zentangle creation.
    I love how you managed to get colour on your "gems".........!!
    Hope the meeting was not too boring!!!!

    Patricia xx

  4. Such a fabulous card! I love the mask and your embellishments are the perfect finishing touch.

  5. Another gorgeous card ( I find monochromatic to be difficult, I love color too!! ) waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  6. This is striking Carole - I haven't tried zentangling yet but I think I will just have a practise on a bit of scrap and see what happens! Love the monochrome look as well.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  7. great blog . love the cards hesta x

  8. I bet the ladies loved doing this card Carole, it is so striking in black and white and I just love your design, it is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  9. I keep being so intrigued by this art. I really wish I could join your class because I can't seem to quite understand how you are doing this!! I wonder if there are any on-line tutorials.

    Beautiful card!! : )

  10. Lovely entry to our Monochromatic theme at Country View Crafts, especially as I'm a sucker for a little entangling! - thank you for joining us! xxx