Just so you know, I will not take full blame for the excessive bling of this card. The fact that on a clear night it can be seen from the International Space Station is partially the fault of Spike and Peggy over at the Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog. They said, “Do Mardi Gras!” and I was more than happy to oblige. Then they said, “Choose three types of bling and that’s okay, or choose six types and that’s even better!”
What was I supposed to do? The Bling Gauntlet had been thrown down.
I’ll wait while you put on your sunglasses and then give you a little tour…
For starters, the background panel of Clover and Twilight Adirondack Inks was spritzed with a seriously large scoop of gold Perfect Pearls, then edged with a metallic gold Krylon Pen. The mask, which is a Silhouette diecut, was coated with Glossy Accents, then dipped into Beadazzles (“Salsa” color).
(That’s three blings so far: Perfect Pearls, Krylon Pen, Beadazzles. But we’re just getting started…)
After stamping Mr. Mardi Gras (let’s call him “Dante”) onto white cardstock and coloring him with Tombow markers, I gave him a string of Carnival beads made with teeny-tiny purple stick-on pearls (fortunately, I’d had tons of coffee by then, which made setting those microscopic doodads great fun!). He was then glued down. His wine bottle is clipart, and apparently Dante’s already had a few, since it looks like he’s about to pour that wine onto his hair. I used Alcohol Inks to color some little metal coins, then glued those randomly around the perimeter in hopes that they’d sort of look like Mardi Gras doubloons. To keep this blog at a solid PG-13, I gave Dante (here it comes) a peacock feather.
(Okay, that’s Purple Stick-on Pearls, Little Metal Coins and a Peacock Feather. We’re up to six blings! But, why stop now? We already need to view this thing like we would a solar eclipse, through a tiny hole in a piece of cardboard. Let’s keep going! )
Oh, almost forgot: Way to go, NOLA Saints, awesome Superbowl win! In your honor, let’s get a fleur de lis on here and paint it gold. Done! Got any rhinestones? Oh, heck, yeah. Stick ’em in the corners. Anything else? Just a “Happy Mardi Gras” from the sometimes-working inkjet. We’ll edge that with the gold Krylon. And finally, what would a tribute to New Orleans be without a reference to “The Big Easy?” Metallic gold stick-on letters ought’a do the trick!
(At this point, I’ve lost count of bling and my eyes are tired, so very tired, but Spike and Peggy, I tried to do you proud.)
And so, my awesome readers, assuming I haven’t blinded you, I hope you enjoyed my Naked Inebriated Reveller Card (let’s just call it what it is) and that you have a lovely Mardi Gras! Why don’t you join in with the Drunken Stampers, too? Those ladies know how to throw a party, and their challenges are always a blast!
Let the good times roll!