Monday, December 8, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 13

I hope that all those in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoyed your week. I also hope that you all had a chance to get caught up with all the previous weeks.
We are up to week 13 of the playing card challenge.

If you have missed any of the previous week's here are the links

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We usually work each week with a theme, I haven't made a theme for some weeks but most of them have had a theme. This week's theme is going to be Bees! Who doesn't love bees? They spread love wherever they go and I happen to love them!

For my First card I used two colors of acrylic paint, a weird orange color and a light brown. I say weird orange because it's not true orange but it's not light orange either, it's just the orange I happen to have haha!!

I used a little piece of sponge to dab on the orange first, let that layer dry and then dab on some brown here and there over the orange. It gives it a kind of texture feel

It doesn't look like much yet but it will once we are all done.
Next I used a few honeycomb stamps along with Versafine ink to stamp here and there on my background. I like using versa fine for the clear stamps because it gives me a nice crisp image.
The first stamp I used a stamping block to stamp my image 

The second stamp I used without a stamp block because I wanted it to look splotchy and only wanted to stamp a partial image here and there. Using the stamp without a block allows me to do that

Next I ran my Tim Holtz frameworks honeycomb die and some misc printed paper, cork paper and black card stock through the big shot. I will use these for both of my altered playing cards this week so I just cut out a bunch

I added a honeycomb piece and some of the cork paper and printed papers to the bottom portion of my card
( I cannot recall where I got my cork paper but it's pretty thin and I know it comes in adhesive backed and just regular, mine is regular, EK Success makes a cork paper too.. here is a link Cork Paper)

Next, since this week is all about Bees, I used a bee stamp and heat embossed my bee onto some pretty printed paper
(I like to use my scratch paper this way) 

I then used a 1" circle punch to cut out my bee, here I did two bees but ended up only using one of them

I used a marker to add some yellow to my bee

I also stamped my sentiment and used a torn piece of paper, I edged all of these with the Adirondack Espresso color

Lastly I just put my card together

At this point I wasn't quite satisfied so I added a little crackle paint in three places, if you look closely you can see the paint, it's shiny in three places

Lastly I wanted my bee circle to have depth so I added some Glossy Accents, it kind of gives it a "button" feel

It takes awhile for glossy accents to dry if it's used like this so I put a Stampin Up box over my card to prevent dust from falling in my glossy accents

Here is my finished card

Whew... that seemed like a lot of steps for the first card... I think the second card is easier..

First I inked my entire background with Archival yellow Saffron ink

Next I used a brown ink and Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil

I wanted to cover up the XOX that was on the right side of my card so I used torn paper and edged that with the same brown ink

For the Bee, I took the same steps as the 1st card and heat embossed it. Rather than do a circle though, I simply cut it out
This Bee comes from one of Tim Holtz stamps sets

Again I used my honeycomb pieces of paper for this card, this time I just used the centers instead of the black outline

I also used a brown marker to draw around each of my brown honeycombs, I also stamped my sentiment on the same paper as the bee and edged that with the brown adirondack ink.
I added a black piece of torn printed paper as well. (I have so much card stock that has only partially been used so it's nice to use it for these smaller projects)

Here is my finished 2nd card

And here are my two finished cards for week 13

My glossy accents wasn't quite dry in the first card when the photo was taken but here is a close up of the crackle paint
You can see it in the upper left, middle right and lower left of the card.

We are having a give-a-way this week.

In order to win you must be following along with the Altered Playing Card Challenge and creating your own. 

Just leave a comment to be entered to win and I will randomly draw a winner. I will announce the winner in next week's post.

Here is what you could win this week!!

Have a great week all and have fun with these!!


  1. I have really been loving the warm tones recently, I am quite excited to do this challenge Claudine. Your cards are beautiful!

  2. Both of these are so very creative, Claudine! You are so very talented!

  3. That orange and Saffron are perfect colors for the Bee cards, love all those colors with the browns. Brilliant how you put the box over the glossy accents to keep it clean, I am going to try that. Love to win that stamp, I am a Stampaholic.

  4. Claudine, these are great! My Dad did beekeeping as a hobby years ago, so this will be fun - I also LOVE the glossy accent you used.

  5. Love this week's color palette and theme! Off to get busy! Thank you! And what a neat giveaway!

  6. Ok, so I may have mentioned this already on Facebook, but I love these!! lol.

  7. Love bees & your ATCs!! Would be great to win !

  8. Nice tutorial, thank you .
    And the result are beautiful !

  9. Love what you did here. I don't have any bees but... I do have dragonflies hmmm.

  10. Oh my, these are fantastic. Love the colours and the beez. The inking on the torn paper edge on the second card adds so much dimension. I'm still playing catch up but these may have to jump the Q. Where's me beez??? Hugz

  11. You created two of the most beautiful cards I have seen. Both are stunning. Once again, I had NOTHING you had, not even a single bee image. So, I had to improvise. Glad bees weren't a requirement, or I would have failed miserably this week (grin). Thanks for all the inspiration, though. I love your bees.

    Mine is here:

  12. Love these Claudine, I dont have must bee stuff .... looking forward to the challenge of improvisation ... LOL

  13. After a bit of a search, I found I had two bees for this weeks challenge. Details:

  14. Wow! Your examples this week are stunning! I cannot believe we are halfway through our deck already! Thanks for the continued inspiration.

    I love creating with bees! My cards are blogged here:

  15. These are great Claudine. I love bees! There's a song I remember something about the bees knees - OK maybe I don't remember it after all!

  16. My two cards are complete for this week. Thanks for the push to try these techniques. Great candy too!.

  17. I'm still working on weeks 11 and 12 but couldn't resist these cute bee cards. Love yours and mine Hee Hee, or maybe that's Bee Bee LOL. Hugz

  18. Love the Bee theme this week! So fun and so happy I actually was able to get done on time!

    Love your cards, they are sooo pretty! I really love how you made a button out of the one with glossy accents!

    What a fun week, looking forward to the next one!