Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Altered Playing Cards, Week 6



I want to begin by thanking Claudine at Claudine's Art Corner for picking my name in her latest giveaway.  I nearly fell off my chair when I saw I had won.  It just goes to show, you don't have to post on Facebook to have other participants, including Claudine, visit.  Thank you again, Claudine.

For week 6 we are to think Halloween.

Once again, I had NONE of the supplies Claudine used, so of course, I had to make these cards my own.

I started my first card by adding three colors of my handmade shimmering mists.  I forgot to take a photo before I put the other two away, so all I had left was the last mist.  One thing that surprised me was the gesso seemed to "melt" away when I added the mists.  I set this card aside to dry while I worked on the second card.

I didn't have those lovely napkins Claudine found, but I would LOVE to get some.  They are super.  Instead, I cut part of a page from an old dictionary and glued it to the substrate (playing card).

I had intended to age the paint a bit using some gifted walnut ink, but changed my mind 

when I saw how the orange paint adhered to the old paper.

I should call this the week of the ribbon, because, instead of tissue or washi tape, I used ribbon on my cards.  For the card on the left, note how I stamped more bats after I masked the focal image.  That was the hardest stamping I've ever tried.  For the card on the right, I found a tiny bit of gifted ribbon and used it.  I used three stamps on this one: my jack-o-lantern, crow, and a bit too cutsey for my taste gifted spider.

A scan of the two cards shows all the stamping mistakes I made, as well as my attempt to color the jack-o-lantern's eyes and mouth using a very incompatible color pencil.  More than likely, not my finest cards, but I can't change them now, since I don't have replacement cards I can use.

Thanks again for your continued support, even though I'm not part of the Facebook group.



13 thoughtful remarks:

massofhair said...

LOVE your perfect Halloween APC's Elizabeth, i don't think Halloween has anything perfect about it it's all about creepy and fun things wiggling and being half there...

Great use of colours and ribbon, i really LOVE what you have created here, both of them! :-) xxx

DogsMom said...

Perfection is boring.
I'd rather see an artist take risks.
Your results are wonderful.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love your APC's - congrats on winning dear Elizabeth!
Hope you are well and Sally feels better ...♥♥♥

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Ribbon was a fantastic idea, Elizabeth, and I love how both your cards came out! It was a good idea to cover the whole card with a page of print, too. I'm storing all these ideas in my head for a later date!

Jo Murray said...

I'm loving these!

voodoo vixen said...

So happy that you won... what ever it is that you won!! LOL Great little Halloween cards... not sure I am going to being playing Halloween at all this year but I will certainly be back in time for Christmas fun!

Vicki Miller said...

Great halloween cards, elizabeth.

johanna said...

boohoo, Halloween is approaching and i am not ready for it;) weather is becoming fine here (after a lot of foggy days) and it almost feels like late summer.
now i´m taking your apc´s to get into halloweeny mood, hopefully. i like the Cards very much, great stamps!

Claudine Criner said...

You have improvised so well, your cards turned out great. Please email me with your address so I can get your prize out in the mail. :)

~*~Patty S said...

You really have been busy...but that is nothing new!
Amazing how much you get accomplished E and I know you do lots of varied things in your community with friends and more.
I salute you...
oxo

~*~Patty S said...

oh and congrats on winning too!!!

Cindy McMath said...

Well, congrats on winning! I'm sure it's something fabulous. I will say I adore the card on the left - I actually think it looks pretty perfect. The one on the right is fun in its not-so-perfect state (who needs perfect anyway? - I always say we can leave that for Hallmark). I will say I'm impressed with that crow sitting exactly on the jack-o-lantern! Well done all round.

ionabunny said...

Congrats on your win. Yeah, the non'FB team. These are great. My first thought was it was a pity your witch wasn't a bit bolder, although you could always stamp and fussy cut her or go over with a pen. Then I thought, actually it's quite nice she's a bit faded. Ghostly. She matches the faded book paper. So I think imperfection wins out here. I like the fiery eyes on your pumpkin. Very sinister looking. The happy spiders and the ribbon are great. Hugz