Monday, September 1, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Day 1

Hello all and thank you for joining me in this adventure, I'm thrilled that so many have expressed an interest in doing this challenge. 

I have created a Facebook group for those that would like to join and share photos of the cards that they are creating. You can ask me any questions there along the way as well.
 Just Click the link and ask to join

For today we are going to "prepare" or "prep" all 52 of our playing cards so that we don't have to wait for drying time later and we can just get to decorating in the weeks to come. 
Believe me, this prep is well worth it in the end and will make our process so much more easy.

So for starters, you don't have to do your cards exactly like mine, you can prep yours however you'd like to but we need to give those card something for sprays, inks, paint and markers to hold onto. The surface is too slick "as-is" and nothing will stick to it.
My medium of choice is Gesso,
Gesso will give your card "tooth" so that we can glue things on, decorate and paint any way we want to.

You can also sand your cards if you want to, I prefer the gesso because it also makes the cards sturdy but let me show you both

I use a piece of paper behind my work area and because I'm doing all 52 cards at once, I work mostly on the floor for this

Supplies are basically, a deck of cards (I use basic bicycle cards from Walmart) gesso (if your using it, I used Liquitex), sander or sandpaper and pallet knife

If you are using the sanding technique, simply sand the back of all 52 of your cards, Boom! Your done until next week
(I work onto the backside of my cards because if I want to actually play with my cards afterwards, I can)
If you are doing the gesso you simply apply it to the back of each card like butter on bread, you can leave apply so that some parts of your backing shows through too

This is the fun part, you can create texture by simple dabbing and lifting your pallet knife into the wet gesso and letting it dry that way. You can also draw into your gesso if you want to

I would leave some of the cards without drawings or texture too

Set each cards aside to dry..  your cards may start to curl during the drying process, no worries they should flatten out

Here is a sanded card with three mediums on top
Acrylic Paint, Dyan Reaveley Sprays and Distress Stain

As you can see, the sanded card shows more of the actual card through the spray, stain and paint 

You also will not get texture with the sanded technique, most of your cards will be flat

Here is a gesso card with the same paint, stain and spray
You can see the texture I created with the gesso and the mediums seems more true to color on the gesso card

and here are both cards side by side
(left) Gesso Card
(Right) Sanded Card

I think this will help you decide which type of "Prep" you would like to do with your cards. 
Here are a few of the gesso cards I created for my 52 card project

You can also smoosh tissue paper into your gesso (before it dries) just to give it a little more texture if you want. Above middle, I added some drywall tape stuff from Lowes
I wouldn't add too much to your cards though because we are going to decorate them, you are just creating your backgrounds here
Weather you go with gesso or sanded or you use another medium to prep, make sure to do all 52 cards, if you use gesso, set them aside to dry for at least 24 hours, once dry I just bundled them up and put a rubber band around them to help keep them flat

So get those cards prepped and I will see you back here next week to begin your first two cards! YAY!!
Again, come join us on Facebook too

See ya soon!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Another 12 Tags of 2014 - August

So, I usually do two postcards for the 12 Tags of 2014 and this month I only did one. I decided that I wasn't satisfied with one so I made another one. LOL...

I always like to have one for a friend and one for me, so I just had to make another. I didn't want to two to be the same so I made a different one this time.

Like the last postcard, I started by using Tim's tissue paper

I also used Tim's Tissue Tape, stamps and various stencils

I also used my gelli roll pen to write over the metal in my word band, I wasn't sure if it was going to work at all but it worked pretty good

If you want to see how to make this entire postcard, make sure to head over to Tim's Blog and check out the full tutorial

Here is my finished postcard

I used Tim's Word Band, ideology trinkets, stencils, remnant rubs, stamps, distress inks and much more on this postcard, how fun to put so many wonderful products together in a mixed media piece!!!

I think I'm in love with this one, I just love the way the color came out.
Hope you have enjoyed my postcard today, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge

Hello all, I am so excited to announce that I will be doing a 26 week altered Playing card project. 

I just love altered playing cards and I have always wanted to do a deck for myself but it always seemed like a huge undertaking to make 52 cards. Well I have decided to do a set here on my blog and spread it out through 26 weeks. This means I will be doing two altered cards a week and I'm hoping that you will follow along with me and maybe do your own set
All the tutorials will be FREE to you and since it will only be two cards a week it will be so easy for you to follow along and make your own set, this project will take a little over 6 months or so to complete but by the end you will have a wonderful set of 52 altered playing cards
For those of you who follow along there is an added bonus... I am giving away prizes along our journey. The prizes will be random to those who comment.  It may be a small prize, it may be a big prize but if your commenting then you might win a prize here and there. It won't be every week, the drawings will be random
 I also encourage you to share about this project with your crafty buddies on your blog or groups so that we get as many people as possible to participate, those of you who share about the project I will do a BIG prize at the end of the project, and for those who have shared you will get two entries into the finale drawing at the end (which will be big).. I have made it easy for you to share by creating the blog button, --->>>
Grab the button and add it to your blog or you can simply post about it on the various social medias and send a link to my website.
If you need help adding a button to your blog, there is a tutorial on my blogpost 
PLEASE let me know if you have shared about this challenge and provide a link so I can see it and I will add your name twice to the BIG FINALE PRIZE
(in order to be eligible for the finale prize, you must follow along and comment at least twice a month)
These are just a few of the the prizes I will be giving away. 

The entire project will begin on Monday September 1st 2014  - so make sure to check back
I will also be pinning these each week on my Pinterest here:
Make sure to follow the board and do some pinning of your own if you want
The first week will be a "prep" week. We will prep all 52 cards so they can dry nicely prior to painting or spraying, this way they will all be ready to go each week.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you will follow along on this fun journey!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Under The Sea - Stampotique SDC162 Challenge

Hello everyone and thanks again for stopping by the blog. This weeks Challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog is "Under The Sea" chosen by our wonderful Arwen McCullen

For my project today I chose to use a background that I had previously made in one of my art journals. I was actually experimenting to see if this mesh type material would stay if I adhered it with gel medium, it ended up staying pretty well and I thought it kind of looked like fish netting.
 I also had previously used a stencil to add some lettering along the bottom. 

I decided for this under the sea page, I wanted to use Stampotique Stamps - 
Something Fishy - By Amy Wilson-Wellenstein
Smushallaum - By Daniel Torrente
Smushasha - By Daniel Torrente
Seaweed - By Jo Capper-Sandon
Breakfast - By Daniel Torrente

Here is my finished page

The page turned out just how I imaged, it looks like the mermaids have caught the creature in the netting, I also cut the hand so that it was reaching through the netting, as if he was trying to escape.

I hope you have enjoyed my creation today, make sure to try out a "under the sea" creation of your own and link up to 
Stampotique Designer's Challenge  in order to be eligible to win.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - August

For the new Tim Holtz Tag for August Tim wanted us to explore our "muse" and create this month's tag using our own creative style and "muse". 
I love this and I really love the idea of just creating using our own unique creative styles. 

Of course if your following along with my blog, you know that I have decided to make postcards instead of tags this year. I really like the idea of the postcards because my 7Gypsies craft tray is looking so full and I just love it AND I send one every month to a crafty friend of mine, what better way to get some "happy mail" than to receive a postcard

For starters I gathered some of my favorite Tim Holtz products to use

Next, using multi matte medium I adhered my tissue paper and tape onto my background
I also used Tim's stamps and archival ink to stamp my images 

I created the rest of my background using Tim's tutorial HERE
Make sure to check it out

For my finished postcard, I used Tim's Idea-ology trinkets, tissue tape, tissue paper, dies, grungeboard, embossing distress powder, stamps and so much more.

This was such a fun postcard to create, with all the wonderful layers and depth, what a thrill!! I hope you will try your hands at making the 12 Tags of 2014 for August because it's a blast!!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope to see you soon

Monday, August 25, 2014

Compendium Of Curiosities #9 - CC3C

Hello there and welcome back to the blog. Today I have a postcard for you that I created with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge in mind. This is challenge 9 over at Linda Ledbetter's blog Studio L3
These challenges come directly from Tim's Book Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3 and this time we are working from page  63, Stamps and Framelits. I am using Tim's Acorn framelit set today.

Linda never disappoints and has a few fantastic prizes. One lucky person will get a wonderful prize pack directly from Tim and Mario themselves, the CC3C crew picks their favorite project for this prize.

They also are sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and one randomly selected winner will receive a 50.00 shopping spree directly from IE, how cool is that??!!

For my project I started with my background and used various colors of Tim's distress paints and then layered those with distress inks. I then used Tim's Burlap stencil and distress inks to add a bit of interest into my background
I created my acorns that I added near my ribbon with real acorn tops and a few pearls

For the words, I used my framelit set "be thankful" and from Tim's Hashtag word set I used the word #blessed

Here is a photo of the dimension I created with the die/stamp

I also added some little doodads that I got from the craft store, they were the perfect color for this project.  Here is my finished postcard

I hope you have enjoyed my postcard and make sure to come by Linda's Blog and check out the wonderful project that the Curiosity Crew put together. 
Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hip To Be Square - Artist Trading Block

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Today I want to share with you an ATB I created for the challenge over at
Frilly and Funkie - Their challenge is "Hip To Be Square" so they are asking us to create a 3D block type project and what better way than to use Eillen Hull's  Artist Trading Block die

For my Artist Trading Block I decided to do the background with Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste, this stuff is pure awesomeness! 

I simply smeared it on here and there like butter on bread

After the paste had completely dried, I used Wendy's Archival Ink pads to color each block of the ATB, you can really see that amazing cracking once that color goes on, it's beautiful

I used a new stamp set by Mr Tim Holtz called 
Mini Blueprints 7

I used the pine branch and Wendy's Archival ink to stamp here and there onto my background

For all of my butterflies I used distress paint to color them with a paintbrush

I used Tim Holtz Honeycomb Framework Die to create my honeycombs around each side of my block, I also used various dies and stamps to create Bees and flowers etc...

Here is a look at my finished Artist Trading Block

I just love how the crackle texture paste comes through in that background.
Thanks for coming by today, make sure to check out the challenge over at 
Frilly and Funkie there are sure to be loads of inspiration and fun!! A lucky winner will win a 25.00 shopping spree and possibly a guest designer spot. 
Have a wonderful day!!