Monday, September 8, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 2

Hello all, welcome to the second week in our Altered Playing Card Challenge. I am thrilled that so many have expressed interest in taking this journey with me. How fun will it be at the end when we all have a wonderful altered deck of cards?

If you missed the first post regarding the challenge here is a link so you can catch up

By now you should have prepped those playing cards by adding gesso or sanding so here we go....

For my first two cards I decided to use Dylusions Sprays to color the background, these are the selected colors I chose for my cards

I used an old box and some paper towels for spraying my cards
(as you can see one of my cards I doodled into the gesso)

Once I am done spraying the Dylusions I dab the cards with a paper towel to grab some of the excess. If you want to spray more in order to add more color, let dry and then feel free to spritz again

If you do not have Dylusions you can also use acrylic paint or any other medium you have, here is what my card looked like with two colors of paint

The paint seemed more transparent than the Dylusions

and with Dylusions

Once my backgrounds are dry I got to work on the green and yellow one first. 

Using a die by Memory Box and some black card stock I made a border for my card. 

(No worries if you don't have this die, just use one your have or you can even draw a border on your card with black marker, none should ever feel like they have to use what I did) 

I used glossy accents to glue my border onto my card

I then cut out a small butterfly using Tim Holtz movers and shapers butterfly die and using a scroll word stamp (Hero Arts) and black versafine ink I stamped onto my butterfly

Using a white gel pen I went over the doodle on the side of my card (made previously with the gesso) and also doodled a bit on my flower border
using my Prismacolor black pen I edged my card with black (I do this a lot)

I like my butterflys wings to stand up so I adhered my butterfly with a zot right in the center, if you want yours flat just glue the entire butterfly to the card

I used a Stampotique Stamp for two of my words
you can find this stamp 
and I used a Stampin Up stamp for the "your" word (just mask of the rest of the words and stamp the word you want)
you can also write your sentiment or print something from your printer if you don't want to use stamps

Whalla!! First card done! As you can see, I'm in love with color, I like bright bold colors and I will be making various colored background for our deck. 

for the next card I used digi stamps from Janet Klein's Vera Lane Studio Etsy Shop 

Janet is also offering a 20% discount for a limited time. Use Coupon code ALTER52 when ordering.
I will be using these digi stamps throughout the 6 months on various cards so go scoop some of these wonderful stamps up while the coupon is good.
Also, Janet did an awesome tutorial on how to work with digi stamps 
on her blog HERE

Back to my tutorial....... Simply print out your digi in the size needed for the card
my girl was printed about 2"x 1 3/4" or so 
I recommend using quality paper to print your image, I used Ranger specialty paper

 I then colored my image with copic markers

Lastly cut your images out and adhere them to the front of your card
If you did not end up with a speckled background, you can make those speckles with a white gel pen, I like how it looks like she is flying through the stars

I also added a small piece of black wash tape to the bottom of my card
A helpful tip, be careful when glueing your images down, sometimes the dylusions spray inks come off on your fingers, I smudged my girls dress

Here are the two finished card for this week

I really like the idea of all of the playing cards coming out so different. I can't wait to see what you will create this week.
If you haven't already joined, make sure to come by the Facebook page and join in and share your creations with all of us

If you cannot join the Facebook page, leave me a link to your photos so I can see what you create.

We will have our first giveaway this week, winners will be announced next Monday the 15th with our 3 week post

In order to be entered 
1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Play along in the challenge
3. Be a follower 
Winner will be drawn at random

See ya next week!

(Supplies for next week.... 
Again, this is just what items I have used, you can use whatever you want or what you have)


  1. Ohhhhh, these look gorgeous! Can't wait to get started on mine! x

  2. Fantastic!! I may have to give this a try!!

  3. Love the cards you've created. Such detailed descriptions. Can't wait to play with my set!

  4. Love the cards. Guess I'd better get busy; I've gesso'd all the cards, now to complete these first two.

  5. I have my cards gessoed and I'm anxious to start this fun journey. Thanks so much for doing this!

  6. We are off and running. So glad I joined. Will post mine soon. Xx

  7. Finishing my coffee and getting ready to spray with Dylusions! Thanks for a great tutorial to get us started!

  8. Two great cards! Thanks for showing how you made them. Can I assume that we don't need to make cards that look like yours each week but can design/create our own and post them?

  9. I'm going to doodle my angel using one I made into a quilt years ago. This will be a great way to revisit that quilt I donated for cancer research. What fun this is and thanks so much for doing it!!!!

  10. Thank you so much, love the cards. I will have to think of alternative items to use but all in all, this is going to be so much fun.

  11. I have no earthly idea why I have not used my quote stamps to get a word I wanted. So simple yet genius! THANK YOU for that tip!!!!

  12. Love what you've inspired us with this week! Can't wait to get mine started!!

  13. Don't do FB so will it be okay to ask questions here also please?

    Do we make the same playing card backgrounds as you do or are we free to make our own designs?

    Loving what you have created here and have downloaded the Vera Lane digi images, not sure if the code went through as there was no change in the price when i paid as on the Etsy store price.

    Thank you for such amazing inspiration, am off to gesso my base cards as only just got a set! :-) xxx

  14. Yours are so fun. Time to do mine.

  15. Great creations here, Claudine! Love your doodled background. So glad to be part of this group, and thanks to Janet for the discount!!

  16. This is so cool. The colors you used are great. I'm having so much fun playing in the paint. Thanks Claudine

  17. I hope this is not a duplicate as I hit preview before publishing and my comment went into space. I love your butterfly card. The colors and all the details really give this card the Wow factor.

    Thanks for showing how you did your cards and how it looked using paint. You inspired me to do a paint wash for one of mine. Also thanks for the chance for a fabulous giveaway.

    Have a Wonderful week!

  18. Great , off to work on mine ....

  19. Love the first 2 cards! Didn't scribble in my gesso... Wish I had! They are so cute. Off to make mine. Thanks for this fun project and your contest.

  20. Great Cards.... I am excited to be playing along! Can't wait to start my first two cards!!!

  21. Claudine your cards are just gorgeous! I'm excited to get my 1st 2 done. I love that you are leading us through this adventure! xo

  22. Love how yours turned out. Thanks for the tips and for this wonderful challenge.

  23. I love your little butterfly. Can't wait for next week!

  24. Love your little butterfly. Can't wait
    For next week.

  25. I love how your first two came out. I'm just starting in altered art and I don't have many supplies. My first attempt at the "Discover Your Wings" card didn't come out well and I gessoed over it to start again. I'm glad I have a week to get them finished!

  26. Working on my cards....loved your first two! will finish/post after Hula. Aloha for now!

  27. Yippee... time to get messy with Dylusions ! love your cards... what a great start to a fun adventure !

  28. Whaaa!! I'm behind already!! Where did that week go. I have dug out my playing cards and gesso so got to get my first two painted. Love what you did with these. Such bright vibrant colours. I don't facebook so I will add a link soon. I'm following and love this challenge. Hugz

  29. Your cards are wonderful. I think thisis such a fun project. My cards are here:

  30. Almost finished with our cards - will post on FB later.
    I have to tell you a funny story about this. My friend Jan told me she was doing this project and invited me to do it as well. As an afterthought she says, "Terry is doing it with me." I laughed and jokingly said, maybe we should ask my husband!" We asked and he is on board as well. I couldn't be more shocked! This will be a fun and hilarious ride for the 4 of us!

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  32. I hope this comment only publishes once, since I just got my account. Anyhow, loving this challenge. We are retired and this is a fun one for us to do as a husband and wife project. Thanks!

  33. Hi Claudine, I'm a follower and am playing along with the challenge. I don't use FB much, so I have chosen to blog about my cards and will include the links here for you to see each time.

    Your challenge is giving me the kickstart to alter this deck of cards that I have had for too many years. I love the first two cards you created and tried to use them as inspiration to make the cards my own. Thanks so much for running this!

  34. Your cards are so fabulous. I love how they came out and especially like the way the doodled-in-gesso one looks.

    I finally picked up my cards today. Procrastination should be my middle name.

  35. This looks like a blast- I will try to join in this week : )

  36. Hi Claudine, don't do FB so posting the link to this weeks challenge here as you requested. Really enjoyed taking part, thank you for running this fabulous challenge :-) x

  37. This is so much fun..cant wait for next week..

  38. Looks great! Love that color combo on the blue/green one.

  39. Awesome cards and wonderful walk thru of your process! THANKS so much for making this challenge! It is so fun! Have a great day!~kim

  40. I'm excited about this fun project, but, since I'm not on FB, I appreciate that we can leave our link here to share. Thanks and here is this week's two cards:

  41. Am getting organised to do mine this weekend.... they are all prepped and rearing to go!.Just needed a bit of free time to get creative LOL

  42. I am very excited to join in this challenge- I have added your blinkie on my blog sidebar and will be doing step #2 today. I have always wanted to try this- so loving this challenge!

  43. Looking forward to tomorrow's next set! Here are my first two:

  44. Hi Claudine, I had a bit of a sheepy challenge this evening so I haven't yet got my two cards finished but here's the link to my post showing off my gesso'd beauties Will link my first two as soon as I get them done. Thanks for a fun challenge Hugz

  45. Link to my week 2 cards!!!! had a great time doing them!!! Thanks!

  46. Hi Claudine, here's my first two. This was such fun!!!

    Got the background done for 3 and 4. Hope to post them real soon. Hugz

  47. Really impressive funny idea!! I really love your post. Being a card lover i must say It's going to be a very interesting blog for every card lover. well done Personalized Playing Cards