Monday, September 29, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 5

Hello and welcome back to another week of our Altered Playing Card Challenge

Can you believe we are already on week 5!!?? Wow! Time sure is flying by, it seems like we just began and now we are already on Month 2. 

If you have missed any of the previous weeks
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For this week I wanted to go beyond some of the bright colors and just use my acrylic paints and other techniques to create more of a muted background
For the first card, I chose three different colors of acrylic paints
Two shades of green and one shade of a peach color

I used the peach to color my entire background and let it dry thoroughly

I then used a stencil (by Memory Box) and taped it down over my card

I used some sponges and applied my two shades of green, using the lighter color first and overlapping with the darker color. This give my circles a lighted effect, you can almost see the background peach through the light green

This is how my background turned out, I love it!! 

I then took a sharpie marker and drew some lines on one side of my background

I then took my white gel pen and doodled some circles in the upper and lower corners, I went in later and added more

I then added a few dots of black acrylic paint, I just used the tip of my finger to add these dots, I like that the circles aren't completely symmetrical 

Lastly, I added some black acrylic paint lines here and there and also a piece of butterfly wash tape

For my focal point I used a Tim Holtz stamp called Winged Things 2, I don't have this entire stamp set just the boy
I stamped him and then embossed him with clear embossing powder. I then colored him with a combo of distress markers and copic markers and then cut him out

For my sentiment or "word" I used another Tim Holtz stamp and stamped onto scratch paper and then cut out the word "Imagination from the phrase

Here is my first finished Altered Playing Card

For my second card this week I wanted to do a collaged background so I grabbed a bunch of misc.. pattered paper

I chose the paper that I wanted for my background and tore some and cut some and started glueing it down 
This is what my finished background looked like

I then used some brown archival ink to go around the edges and background in order to blend the color a bit more. I also stamped a few number stamps onto my background with the same ink

For my "word" I used a stamp that said "dream" and stamped onto another piece of leftover torn paper, I used black archival ink for the word, I then went around the edges of that with the brown ink

For my focal point on this card I wanted to use another image of a child, so I found this card in my stash it's in the Found Relatives deck by Tim Holtz
You can also find an image from a magazine, book or use any old photo

I cut out one of the girls and used distress paint to color her dress, I simply watered down the paint and brushed it on and then wiped it off with a paper towel. Just so that there was only a bit of color. This way the color doesn't overwhelm the photo

This is what it looks like before you wipe it with the paper towel
If you don't have distress paint
I'm sure you can also use watered down acrylic paint too 

Lastly I used some die cut butterflies and colored them with coordinating archival inks and then stamped them with a word stamp

Once that was all done I simply glued everything to my background
I love how the girl looks on that collaged background and then the word "Dream" right up front there

Here are my two finished cards together

I hope that you have enjoyed today's cards. Have fun this week making your own, I always love to see what you all come up with.

I will have to update later with supplies for next week. 
** I apologize, I didn't get a chance to update with supplies last week. My Dad has been in the hospital and I just ran out of time.

We will also have another drawing this week, One person will win this prize pack

All you have to do to win:

1. Simply Leave a comment on this post
2. Be a follower of the blog
3. Be playing along and making your own Cards with the Altered Playing Card Challenge 

Good luck and have a wonderful week!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

All About the Gals Artist Trading Block

I have always loved the stamps by Dina Wakley they are so fun and her quotes are so thoughtful. I have a lot of Dina's stamps and I just don't use them enough.

I figured for my ATB inspiration team post this time I would do something with my Dina Wakley stamps 

I started out with this crazy gelli print that I had laying around, I used acrylic paints and sticky back canvas to create this print so I figured if I worked with it I could just stick it on the ATB once I'm done, how easy is that?!

This gelli print was really ugly, so I layered more and more and even some more on top of it, lol. I figured I better stop with this. It doesn't look like much here but once I cut it down it's going to be fabulous

I used my Eileen Hull Artist Trading Block Die and Black Mat Board to create my base for my block

I also cut my pieces of the gelli print to size so they would fit on each side of my block
So for my pieces of the sticky back canvas I picked which stamps I wanted to use and stamped them with Black Archival inks. 
I used tissue paper to stamp my sentiments because they are small and the stick back canvas has some texture to it and I really didn't want to lose the boldness of the letters if I stamped it directly onto my canvas. 
Once the sentiments were stamped I simply cut them out and adhered them onto my canvas with gel medium
The tissue paper disappears into the background

I added stamps and a few die cuts here and there and then doodled on each side
I also did a bit of sewing and once it was all done I simply pulled off the backing and stuck my canvas onto the ATB

I love how easy this was

For my Bird, I made two, one I stamped directly onto the canvas and the other one I used tissue paper, because I wanted my bird to be visible from all sides of the block I need to reverse the image and I did that with the tissue paper.

This way I could glue them together, back to back

Here is my finished block





Thanks for coming by and please stop by The Artists On The Block Website to check out more inspiration from the team!

Also, Check out Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge, there is a new one each month and we'd love for you to join in on the fun! There is a fabulous prize from Sizzix as well.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stampotique Challenge 166

Happy Wednesday all, I'm glad you have stopped by the blog once again. 
There is a new challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog and I'm excited.

The theme is Halloween this time and our wonderful Carol  has chosen the theme. All of us here at Stampotique love Halloween.
In fact our Facebook group is having an ATC Halloween swap for October

For my project this week, I created the ATC and also a coordination card for the Facebook swap

I used Stampotique Stamps:

Hazel Jester and Clothes Text - By artist Linda Peterson
Halloween Cube - By Artist Daniel Torrente

Here is the ATC I created, I printed out the saying from the computer

and here is the ATC with the coordinating card

This was fun and I just love how Hazel is so proud in her Jester costume!

Have a great week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 4

Can you believe that we are already on week 4 of this challenge? Wow, this has been so great, not just for me but it seems like everyone is having a really good time with these.
Thanks so much for following along

If you have missed any of the previous weeks
Here are your links 

and our Facebook page

I started off with the first card by gluing some torn printed tissue paper onto my background

I then added two colors of acrylic paint

I used the darker color for the entire background and then added little lines and some dots with the lighter color
If you use an old credit or gift card to add some of the paint to one side and then "scratch it on in lines, it works really nicely

I then used my black marker to doodle just a bit

I layed out some of my gelli prints onto my work station and picked out a few that I wanted to use for the houses. I chose some in matching colors and chose some in brighter bolder colors, you can also use printed paper for these if you don't have gelli prints

I then used a marker to start drawing some tiny houses. I didn't really worry about super straight lines or making these perfect. I wanted more whimsical looking houses

I used different prints for the roofs

I cut out my tiny houses and set them aside for later
I then used another gelli print to stamp Stampotique stamp 2 Nauges by artist Janet Klein
(Janet has a line of digi stamps and also a line at Stampotique that are wood mount)

I then cut these out, after all that was done, I adhered my houses and clouds to my Altered Trading Card and I also added a hand written sentiment, I love how it came out, look how cute my little homemade houses are
(I doodled a bit onto my roofs to give them a little more character)

For the next card I simply applied two colors of acrylic paint to the background. I applied the paint with a sponge in order to make "streaks"

I then added a bit of washi tape to the bottom portion of my background in a bright pink

for my characters I used divi stamp City Girl and Shops over at Vera Lane Studios
(ended up only using one of the shops)

I colored my girl and shop with copic markers

I also used one of the clouds that I had previously made and hand wrote a sentiment
I then simply adhered my digi images to my background

Here are my two cards together

I hope you have enjoyed the cards this week and I am always so excited to see what you all create on your own. I have seen some really amazing cards throughout this process.
Have a great week!!
(Will be posting supplies for next week here once I have those done)