Monday, December 22, 2014

Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 15!!

Welcome back to the blog everyone and another week of the Altered Playing Card Challenge. This is week 15 of the challenge and I'm so enamored by what everyone is making and doing with these.

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For this week's challenge, I decided to use Embossing paste on both of my cards. 

I wanted to use both white and black embossing paste and I went with the Wendy Vecchi paste because it's what I have in both colors AND I love the texture and smoothness of her paste.  If you have other brands, go for it! Use them!

I picked a few stencils and used taped it in place over my altered playing card
(this is a Dylusions Stencil)

I did not want to use the entire stencil, just a portion. So I added a piece of scratch paper over some parts and also taped that into place.

I then used a knife and smoothed my embossing paste over the stencil. I always add mine on in the consistency of buttering bread. Not too much.

When your all finished just lift your stencil directly up and then set that aside to dry. (I had previously drawn some circles into my gesso too)

I repeated these steps with my second playing card as well. This time I used the white embossing paste and a different stencil

After both cards had dried really well, about an hour,  I sprayed both backgrounds
For the first card I used Adirondack Sprays and the second card I used Dylusions Sprays. It doesn't really matter what sprays your using I just wanted to use the different sprays in order to show you that they worked the same

I let those dry once again
Once they were completely dry, I started with the backgrounds.
On the first card (with the black embossing paste) I wanted to highlight those circles I had drawn in the gesso. I used a Dylusions stamp set

Using black ink, I inked up one circle at a time and (without a stamping block) I stamped one circle at a time directly onto each of the drawn circles in order to highlight them

I then took my white geli pen and drew over the black circles. Now, the neat thing about spraying ink over the gesso is that when you draw with a white geli pen onto the embossing paste, the white pen ink turns the color of the sprays over the black embossing paste. It's so cool

See how my white pen turned the colors of the spray? I love how at the top it turned the sort of burgundy color and as it goes to the bottom it turns to the green

I also used the white geli pen on the other altered playing card as well. For this one, the geli pen white ink turned to the blue background colors as well.

I wanted to add a touch of black to my background so I took a marker and I outlined some blocks with black too
I also went around my edges with black as well
Now since I used the white embossing paste on this card, the white took on the colors I sprayed onto the background BUT the blocks are raised so it really gives this cool effect to my background.

Once again I took my black marker and doodled a bit onto my background in the spaces where there wasn't much going on

I picked two Stampotique images, Carrot and Daniel's Tree Topper and stamped them onto separate white paper. I also clear embossed them so it would be easy to color them with copic markers. (when you emboss them, the black ink doesn't run when you start coloring them)

I cut them out and applied them to my background
I also added stamped sentiments as well

Here are my finished cards for this week

The embossing pastes really give the background a fun raised texture and I just love using it. I hope you enjoy this week's cards as much as I did.
Have a great week and Merry Christmas to you all!!!! 


  1. What fun! And I do have both embossing pastes. My images will be nothing like yours but still can't wait to see what happens back in my craft room!

  2. These look fantastic. Happy Christmas to you. Hugz

  3. oh those characters are so cute. yea, what is normal??? love them!

  4. Thanks, looking forward to this one :)

  5. Both of your cards are quite lovely. Nice background technique.

    Here is mine for week 15:

  6. Both cards are awesome! Loved the step by step for doing the backgrounds with the paste. Here are mine:

  7. Hi Claudine, loved both cards this week and have managed to get mine done on time! Here is the link:-)

    Thanks again for such wonderful inspiration, hope you are much better :-) xxx

  8. Love love love this weeks cards! So fun! The technique is awesome and sooooo addictive! Thanks so much Claudine!


  9. OMG, yours are great and mine are very mad cow ROFL. This is more fun than a box of chocolate frogs. Hugz