Saturday 22 February 2020

Masquerade Mask

My husband recently went to a Masquerade ball for a works function and needed a mask.

We looked at buying one from Amazon and Ebay but none were quite what he was after. For the function he was going to be wearing a tuxedo with a 2 tone red dickie bow but we could not find the right sort of style or colour. 

He asked if I could make one. I had not done anything like this before so wasn't sure I would be able to pull it off but I said I would give it a try.

I did a Google search for a template and there were loads to choose from, mainly colouring page. I printed a couple off and experimented with the sizing and style.  This seemed to be the best one as he didn't want it to be too feminine. The placement of the eyeholes wasn't quite right so it was a case of measuring up to his face and adjusting where necessary.

Once I had the final template I then drew round it on 240gsm black cardstock. I used a couple of sheets of double sided tape from Affixit Crafts. It is quite thick and super sticky so perfect for helping to stabilise the mask.

The paper I have used is a thick wrapping paper that I bought from Paperchase many moons ago. It is a metallic gold background with a red flocked scroll pattern on top. It is very opulent and perfect for this kind of project. Paperchase do an amazing range of wrapping papers. Each sheet is the equivalent of 8 A4 pieces of paper and they cost between £1 and £3 depending on the finish. I find it can be a great source of gorgeous printed and handmade papers that are far too nice to wrap a gift with.

The outside edge is a trim that has been stick down with a thin red line adhesive tape. This tape is super strong and is my go-to tape for when I need to guarantee good adhesion. The eyes have been trimmed with gems from The Works.

Finally I added large gold eyelets using my Cropadile and some elastic to go round his head. I also made a matching pocket square from the same paper.

I wasn't sure if it would be substantial enough to last the night but it is still alive :) 
It got passed around many people and featured in lots of photos so I class that as a success.

Materials Used : -

Paper - Wrapping paper from Paperchase
Embellishments - Gems, trim, eyelets

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Awesome mask! Perfect for Mardi Gras! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  2. What an amazing piece of crafting, this looks stunning. Thank you for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  3. This is wonderful! Your husband must have been the talk of the party in this!!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends,
    Happy Crafting!

    HandmadeByTasha DT

  4. Hi this mask is gorgeous. I love it. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards Challenge Blog February Anything Goes Challenge. Hugs Jackie DT

  5. Great creation, well done! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  6. So unusual, a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz. DT.

  7. Thank you for sharing with us at "A Perfect Time To Craft", best of luck with your
    entry, Tania DT Member

  8. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Love To Craft. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry xx

  9. Goodness Mandy, you would never know that wasn't purchased - it looks PERFECT!!

    Thank you for joining us at Mix It Up Challenge Blog!
    ~Michele, DT

  10. Wonderfully creative. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "RED" Challenge.

  11. Wow, your mask looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing it with us at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges :-)

  12. Enchanting Mask Mandy! Perfect for a second use... Mardi Gras! Tis the season! ;-) Thank you for sharing your Festive creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge and playing along! Happy Crafting and Good Luck!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  13. Love your mask, Mandy! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  14. Very unique and clever make! Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Funday Challenges. Donna - DT Member

  15. Super:)Thanks for playing with us at The Creative Crafters:)Ines DT


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