Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Other Creations: Altered Face Cards

I'm not a big fan of clowns (no offense to any clowns out there--they just hold a high creep factor for me), but I've always thought magicians were cool.  Even though I'm fully aware that a magician's goal is to deceive me, I'm okay with that.  I always think I'm smart enough to figure out a magician's tricks, but my husband and I saw a live David Copperfield show several years ago and I'm still shaking my head over it!

When this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme was magic, the first thing I thought of were face cards-- a magician's staple!  I decided to alter a few of them and here's how they turned out:

I started out by coating some face cards with Gesso.  I liked how the numbers and symbols looked, so I left them showing through to various degrees.  Even then, it took about four layers of Gesso to get them to this point!

I let the Gesso dry overnight and then I painted over them with streaks of acrylic paint.  Next I sprayed them with several different colors of Dylusions ink.

After that, it was just a matter of building scenes on top of the cards.  I used fabric scraps, Washi, stamps and ink to create the layers, then added some cute collaged kids on the front.

I decided to make them sort of like alphabet flashcards, hence the words on each one.  I got the words out of some vintage books that were falling apart.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project and used many fabulous supplies from Simon Says Stamp to create them:

This theme was a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what you do for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge project!  Be sure to upload your fabulous creations and you could win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  Plus you will highly entertain and inspire many when you share your projects, so don't be afraid to give it a whirl! 50dollar_voucher_600px