My friend Chris, who organises us for the Patwits circle journal also runs a fb group called Mini Marvels, where it’s all about small artwork.
A while ago I participated in a mail art swap and this last month I’ve done an altered playing card challenge too.
We had to alter 9 playing cards (ATC size) and then swap them, and in return we get 9 back and then have to bind them and share them.
I decided 9 individual designs was a bit much completely from scratch so instead went for two different background designs and went from there…
All the cards (I made 12 in total in case of distress! ) got a coat of black gesso.
Then a strip of book print which wraps round and covers some of the back too. This is when I realised the gloss finish to the cards may present an issue in terms of getting the paint to adhere. Ah well I decided to plough on.
One got a pink, purple and pale blue background… and some more gesso.
By this time the paint was adhering better.
The others I went with blue and green and cream…
In both cases I used Darcy’s stamps from Paperartsy.
By now I had started to separate out the cards and it was more that I had 10 good cards to play with rather than the 14… the others will get finished at some point though!
I then realised I would want to do something to the backs so they got a coat of black gesso too … which invariably ended up on some of the fronts too as I am such a messy crafter!
Yes by this time I am down to 10 cards due to various little messes! So time to individualise them…
This one I added a printed little phrase off and also added Dream stamp from Clare Lloyd in the background. A little bit of doodling and some stickles. No 1 done!
This one I added the compass type stamp and a printed phrase then added some touches of glitter glue. You guessed it… no 4 done!
Painted the hair and details and added the sentiment and some glitter glue dots. No 5 done!
This one I added the word stamping and then the Bird from Hot Picks in white gesso first and then in black. Then added the sentiment from the Hot Picks set. No 7 done!
More birds and grasses. The birds are the Kim Dellow cute ones and the grasses are Darcy ones. Super cute!
No 8 done!
Added the flying birds from Darcy’s stamps and then the Hot Picks collage type stamp onto book paper and then stamped Fly on to it.
9 different but similar cards.
The backs are all black gesso with a stencilled design on them… ready for people to do as they wish with them.
Aren’t they fabulous? Love each of them. Now just got to dream up a way of displaying/keeping them to finish off the challenge.