Prettyinpaisley chose my masks/Mardi Gras theme, but it was her BF who made the card for me. Someone suggested earlier...or possibly in the previous swap...that we refer to him as "handsomeinpaisley," but I'm a sucker for alliteration, so I'm going to say I received an ATC from handsomeinhoundstooth. And here it is:
If you fold the card as directed, you get this:
Neat, huh? The color scheme and shapes make me think of kabuki masks.
If you arch the card, such that the top corners meet and the bottom corners meet, it's 3D and much, um, maskier. Sadly, I don't have nearly enough fingers to hold it in place that way and photograph it at the same time. (The idea is that the corners can be glued that way...but I like to keep my options open. )
Thanks P.I.P. & H.I.H., for such a spiffy interactive card!
Here is "Hey Mister," a second Mardi-Gras-themed card received from alwaysinmyroom:
Very festive, with neat variation in texture and finish. I think the bronze background and muted pastels give the card a lovely vintage look. Oh, and you can only sort of tell in the picture, but the nose of the mask is slightly raised.
Thanks, alwaysinmyroom. While you certainly didn't have to send me a second card, I definitely do adore it!
I've received "Mardi Gras Party" from alwaysinmyroom:
The artist doesn't like it, but I think it's great! I love that the mask is a butterfly -- a symbol of metamorphosis being really apt for a masquerade. And the streamers (in the traditional holiday purple, green and gold!) frenetically bursting from the mask do a great job in evoking the celebratory spirit of Mardi Gras.
Well, I'm glad people seem to like the "Hot, Sexy Beast," despite the fact that I posted him upside down!!!
My apologies to calluna. I've fixed the original picture, but I'll post it correctly here, too:
I had been thinking he was a giant worm (vs. Wyrm?): the moustache a unibrow; the nostrils a pair of eyes; the flames just decorative (and, of course, symbolic of his very hotness). Boy, do I feel sheepish.