Celebrate Mardi Gras

Come celebrate Mardi Gras with the Paper Craft Crew!

That’s right – this week, we have a theme challenge for you – and the theme is Mardi Gras! So get  your party hat on, string the beads and break out your brightest colours.


Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Paper Craft Crew

I’ve never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras (although my business coach lives there, so I hear the stories!) but I’m betting it’s full of fun and colour! That’s what I decided to go with, for my card.


Celebrate Mardi Gras

How’s this for some fun, bright colours?! I used my favourite new colouring medium, the Brusho Crystal Colours.


First  you need to create the smaller panel so you can die cut the word ‘celebrate’. On a panel of Watercolour paper, sprinkle the Brusho colours in Prussian Blue, Yellow, Gamboge and Brilliant Red. Use the Stampin’ Spritzer, and spray water over the colour crystals. Watch them burst – it’s so fun!! Once you’ve achieved the look you want, set the piece aside to dry.

On a larger Watercolour paper panel, mask off the centre part of the paper with Painter’s Tape, or another repositionable tape. First on one side, sprinkle the same Brusho colours you used for your ‘celebrate’ panel. Angling the paper away from you, with the colours on the downward side, spray water with the Spritzer, so that the colours will move downwards.

Repeat the process on the other side of the tape, so that the colours again will move away from the tape – this time, ‘upwards’ – so your colours are are moving away from the middle of the panel.

Gently remove your Painters tape, and set the panel aside to dry.

Your first smaller panel should now be dry, so with the Big Shot and the Celebrate You thinlits that you got for FREE from your qualifying Sale-A-Bration purchase, die cut the word from the panel. Be sure to keep the panel, as well as the small pieces that pop out of the letters.


Once your large panel has dried, you’re ready to place the die cut ‘celebrate’ in the middle. I used Mini Glue Dots on the back of the letters, to give it more of a 3D look. It’s easy to use your fingers to roll the glue dots so they fit the back of the skinnier letters.

Next, attach the whole panel to a cardstock base of Pacific Point.


I’m all about not wasting, so now you can take the negative die cut, and attach it to a panel of cardstock. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up, then use your patience, some Multipurpose Liquid Glue (and a pair of tweezers!) to fit the small die cuts that popped out of the letters back into place. The Daffodil Delight Cardstock really makes those colours jump out!

Celebrate Mardi Gras

There you go! Two card fronts from 1 die cut, and some fun Brusho colouring! 🙂

By the way – this was one of the projects we did at my recent ‘Beautiful Brusho’ class – and it was a big hit! 🙂


Come celebrate Mardi Gras with the Paper Craft Crew! First, be sure to check out the AH-MA-ZING projects created by the rest of the Design Team; you’ll be blown away! Then grab the link, and once you’ve created your masterpiece, link up for the challenge. You may just be our next Top Pick!


I can help with that! To order the supplies used on the cards above, just click the product images below. You can also browse around my online store while you’re there. Remember that Sale-A-Bration is still happening, so you can earn FREE products with a qualifying order.


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to stamp and create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a 3D item, or a card, or scrapbook page - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you stamp and create with me! :)

6 thoughts on “Celebrate Mardi Gras

    1. The colour bursts remind me of those ‘colour runs’ you see people participating in -where as they run, they get ‘shot’ with these massive plumes of colour powder! I’ll stick to putting it on paper, though 😉

  1. So nice to see the second card made with the negative image of the first. I’m one who also hates to “waste”!

    1. Hi Linda! I agree – why waste a great die cut – especially one so pretty! Thanks so much for your comment, and visiting my blog 🙂

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