Rubber Stamper's Studio: Mardi Gras Keepsakes

By  Kathy Post  for  Safire Designs

size: 3"x4-1/4"x7-1/4"

  • Mardi Gras Keepsakes
  • Inside View of Lid
  • Box


  • Paper mâché box with lid, 3"x4-1/4"x7-1/4"
  • Heavy-weight cardstock: tangerine; light blue; dark blue; green; pink; white; yellow
  • Rhinestones, assorted sizes and coordinating colors
  • Decorative silver button
  • Colored feathers, four
  • Light metallic blue wire, 20-gauge
  • Lavender/iridescent glitter


  • Window to the Soul (#Z-2213) stamp set (Safi re Designs)
  • Ink pads: black dye; Big & Bossy Clear Embossing (Ranger)
  • Embossing Pen (Ranger)
  • Embossing powders: black; gold; purple/blue glitter mix
  • Anti-static embossing bag
  • Watercolor paints: WaterColors Cake Set (Loew Cornell); Pearl Ex Watercolor CD (Jacquard Products)
  • Adirondack Metallics Silver Paint Dabber (Ranger)
  • Liquid Pearls Gold Pearl dimensional paint (Ranger)
  • Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins)
  • Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger), several coordinating colors including silver
  • Black permanent pen
  • Sponge dauber
  • Bone folder
  • Heat tool
  • Sharp detail scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Button shank remover
  • Adhesives: hi-temp hot glue gun; Aleene's Tacky Glue (Duncan)

Basic Supplies

  • toothpick, crayon
  • Box & Lid
  • 1. Use paint dabber and pouncing motion to paint 1/2"-wide border around all sides of box and lid; let dry.
  • 2. Cut one tangerine cardstock panel to fit top of box lid and one light blue panel to fit inside of lid, each about 3/8" smaller all around than lid. Cut green, pink, yellow and light blue panels for box sides, each 3/8" smaller than paper mâché surface.
  • 3. Use black ink to randomly stamp card stock panels with poem, except light blue panel for inside lid. Stamp this panel with complete poem and edge with Silver paint. Use sponge dauber to ink edges of remaining panels black.
  • 4. Using photos as a guide, adhere panels to box and lid using Tacky Glue. Using bone folder like a squeegee, burnish paper from center out toward edges until panels lay completely flat and glue seals paper edges. Set aside to dry for five minutes.
  • 5. Use glitter glue to make lines, swirls and squiggles on all panels. Use silver glitter glue to dot box and lid corners and edges to simulate nail heads. Let dry.
  • 6. Cut shank from silver button and glue to one edge of box lid with glue gun. Using Tacky Glue and toothpick, glue one large and one small rhinestone to lid edge on either side of button; vary colors. Let dry.
  • Notes
  • 1. Rub cardstock with anti-static embossing bag before inking and embossing each new embossing powder color. This prevents powder from sticking to un-inked areas of image.
  • Mask
  • 1. On dark blue cardstock, use embossing ink to stamp mask image; heat emboss with black powder.
  • 2. Use embossing pen to color open areas of striped mask border and heat emboss with gold powder. Scribble some random areas inside mask near top and bottom edges, near striped border, and heat emboss with purple/blue glitter powder.
  • 3. Cut 2"x4" white cardstock strip; use black dye ink to stamp eyes image in center of strip. Stamp butterfly portion of mask image only twice onto yellow cardstock scrap. Watercolor eye and butterfly images and let dry. Add Diamond Glaze to eye area, avoiding skin area. Add glitter to butterfly pieces. Let dry.
  • 4. Cut out mask using detail scissors; use photos as a guide to which areas to leave for support around ribbons and curlicues. Use scissors or craft knife to cut out eye openings. Cut out one whole butterfly image from yellow cardstock and second smaller portion (body and wing center).
  • 5. Using Tacky Glue, adhere whole butterfly to mask. Cut 3" wire length and bend in half; curl ends into antennae. Fold smaller butterfly image in half and hot glue over wire "V"; hold in place until glue sets. Glue wings to whole butterfly, aligning centers. Dot butterfly head with glue; add rhinestone.
  • 6. Using pearlescent watercolors, apply thin color washes of coral, then aqua, and smaller splashes of raspberry and dark rose to feather at top of mask. Repeat for two side feathers on mask. Apply wash of blue to center areas of mask; add aqua curl shapes randomly within mask. When paint dries, trace aqua curl shapes with black pen.
  • 7. Using regular watercolors, apply translucent white wash to highlight nose area of mask, as well as above and below eye openings. Paint ribbons and heart at center top of mask. Let dry.
  • 8. Paint all pearls at left side of mask with Gold Pearl dimensional paint; lightly sprinkle wet paint with lavender glitter. Let dry.
  • 9. Use glitter glues to dot circles around both eye openings, center of heart, ribbons and feathers. Paint long scrolls emerging from inside corners of eyes silver, above and below openings. Dot gold areas of striped border with gold glitter glue. Let dry.
  • 10. Use toothpick to apply tiny dots of Tacky Glue to circles outside glitter glue eye border. Use crayon as tool to pick up tiny rhinestones and place them on glue dots. Use toothpick to center and firmly push rhinestones into glue. Let dry.
  • 11. Cut white eye strip to fit behind dimensions of blue mask. To create 3-D effect, line up eyes behind openings. Holding paper pieces together tightly, push nozzle of glue gun between layers at left side behind mask and squeeze out good-size drop of hot glue. Push layers together and hold until glue sets. Do not let eye strip slip.
  • 12. Keeping white cardstock flat on work surface, gently push mask from right side toward left until mask pops up into curved shape. Hold tightly once desired curve is achieved and glue left side of mask in same way as right. Hold until glue sets.
  • 13. Hot glue feathers behind mask on left side. Hot glue right and left sides of mask to box lid. Dot box lid with hot glue under ends of feather/ribbon/beads at left, ribbon at center below eyes, and green ribbon at right. Hot glue feather tip to box lid at top of mask. Dot real feathers with glitter glue and let dry.