Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Altered Playing Cards, week 4

Claudine at Claudine's Art Corner has once again posted her latest APCs. I couldn't believe how many times I changed my mind

on these two before I finished them.

Let's start from the beginning.

Before I start any project, I visualize what products, supplies, and tools I will need for the job.  You could say I'm usually in "Tutorial Mode."  This time I got out the supplies for both cards, something I don't normally do.  From back left (clockwise):

Old mouse pad used as stamp cushion
Stamps for both cards
Printed sentiments
Red ink pen
Red pigment ink
12" X 12" white scrapbook paper to be used in lieu of gelli prints
Wipe-up towels
Acrylic paint
Old gift cards for scraping
Dictionary page in lieu of tissue
2 gessoed cards

Note how I've moved everything I don't need for this card out of camera range to my guillotine cutter.

I determined the colors I would use for my first card,

drizzled some of each color on the card,

then used the gift card to spread the paint on the card.  It was now time to let Card 1 dry.

Using white PVA glue, I adhered a torn piece of dictionary paper,

then drizzled two colors of paint on the card and dictionary page.

Again, I scraped the paint over the playing card.

You can see I scraped the excess paint onto a scrapbook page, then stamped one of my houses over some of the painted area.  It was at this time I radically changed my mind about these two cards.

Don't worry that I took the image from the interior of the page.  It always bothers me when I see people doing that, then getting rid of the excess product.  I've cut this one so it can become one of my backgrounds for my 7 Continents AB, while the other pieces will see their way into some of my scrappy journal pages. 

Very little gets wasted at my place.

Once I added the house, it was time to add the wording.

But first, I wanted to see if these images would fit on my other card.  Once I was sure of the location, I brought out the mouse pad and stamped the images.  I remember when I bought this cube for a color tip-in swap.  After I created the page, I showed my friend Scott who said it looked like some third grader had created the tip-in.  I hope I've not made the same mistake here!

We were supposed to doodle on one of the pages, at this point, I forgot which.  Those who know me, know I don't doodle.  However, I tried to doodle with an outline around the words which were: "Home: where the heART is."  Do you see the heart on the door?

Then, because I like a bit of continuity between my two cards for that week, I also outlined the words "Retail therapy."

Since I'm not on Facebook, this is the only place you'll get to see my altered playing cards.  However, for once I'm not alone, and there is a growing number of us who post only to our blogs.  I thank them and YOU, dear friends, followers, and readers for dropping by so often to see what I'm up to.

13 thoughtful remarks:

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Elizabeth- these are both fabulous - although I must say the top one is my colour preference! Hugs, Chrisx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Liking the colours for both cards but I do love that wee hoosey :D
I wish I'd started my blog earlier and not posted so much on my fb, but most of my 'friends' are on fb but don't visit blogs. A bit of a conundrum, but, hey-ho!
We're on the downhill slide to the weekend now, I hope yours is a good one Elizabeth :D

Rebeca Trevino said...

i do see the heart on the door, but just barely . . . sweet ATCs

ps: why are you not on facebook?
i'm on face book, but i rarely post anything about my art there, i've been meaning to, but i just haven't gotten around to it. i can barely get a post on my blog one a week, sometimes longer . . .

keep up the good work E

Corrine at said...

Love the house. But of course you know I have that on the brain these days. Paint scraping is one ogf my favorite things to do. xox

Sharon Fritchman said...

I absolutely love your altered playing cards, Elizabeth! Your home and retail therapy cards are wonderful, and I really like that you show us how you make them! Thank you so much!!!!!

see you there! said...

Two great cards. I enjoyed going through the process with you.


Claudine Criner said...

Love that you took us through your process, thanks so much for sharing.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These came out really great! I love how you shaded the house. I try not to visit until I make my own so I am not swayed by the awesome art I see...but I certainly could have benefited from this post. I made an inky, smeary mess when I stamped. You are not alone!

Thanks, btw for checking out my bee box. Your comments are very kind. It remains to be seen if I can do mixed media in the constraints of a theme. Bring on October!

Kelly said...

Great cards. I'm getting business out of the way today so I can play catch up on several projects this week - including this one. I love your paint bottle storage. What came in that tray. Great repurposing! Creative Blessings! Kelly

ionabunny said...

Hi Elizabeth. Yeah for the non-FB gang, although between you and me I have heard rumors of amazing giveaways only available to FB folk and am thinking of going over to the dark side!! But then reality chimes in and I realise I don't have enough time to learn yet another thing that will suck me in and steal my precious life away bwahahahahahahaha. Uhhh, maybe I shouldn't have eaten that kit kat. It seems to have gone to my head. Love these. The house is very sweet. I like the bright background on retail therapy. Hugz

Jo Murray said...

Great cards...and I love not wasting paint but adding it to your scrapbook page.

massofhair said...

As part of the Non FB Gang i have to say hold steady people. I don't worry anymore about FB only prizes as i'm not that lucky lol.

Great post Elizabeth, great colours and enjoyed your tutorial! Not made mine yet, still contemplating...

One thing i have noticed is that those of us who don't post on FB don't get Pinned on
Pinterest. I have started my own Board especially for this Challenge & pin those that Claudine has posted. I post my own blog posts anyway...

Did i say i loved your cards? Well i do, they are fab:-) xxx

Cindy McMath said...

Well done - I particularly like the house one. Because I like houses in general but also because I like seeing that bit of dictionary peeking through - I'm a fan of layers as you probably know!