Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Bang, Bang, Bang

Hello.   Welcome.  Yesterday it was spring.  I was out in the garden.  Today, winter again!  Brrr, yukkk.  Hail, snow, rain...  Craft time!!  

Inspired by the challenge at Eclectic Paperie to alter some playing cards and by Julie Ann Lee over at Paperartsy I started with some playing cards



 I bought these a while ago because thought they were a bit different.  They will be soon.......


I painted two with gesso and then stippled four shades of blue acrylic paint.  Remembering from my brayer adventures that white and red gave a lovely lift......


 

I used the small leaf stamp from PaperArtsy ELB04 with white paint and then made some red lines using the edge of a scrap of card.   Some blobby bits, all good texture. 


I took elements from Julie Ann Lee's third post stamping the egg and sentiment from Urban Snapshot Nature 4 onto some MME card.  I distressed the edges of the sentiment, OK, seriously distressed, and added some VersaMagic chalk ink.  I embossed the eggs with gold embosssing powder.



I stamped the moth from the same stamp set with Inky Pool fresco finish paint.  I added some more of the eggs which I cut with zig zag scissors.  



I thought they were tags but think they might make good bookmarks.  The fibres are from a Basic Grey Urban Prairie fibre pack. 

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Thanks for dropping by.  I really do appreciate the time you take to visit and comment.  I hope you are avoiding the wild weather and keeping safe, warm and dry.  Take care. 

24 comments:

  1. Stunning bookmarks Gail. Red lines and nests are good punch with background blue. I love moth and eggs. xx

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  2. Wow! These bookmarks are so clever from beginning to end! And it was so fun to read your write-up, too. You have a great way with words and with art. And because I'm such a lit nerd, I appreciate good-looking bookmarks! I really love the bright color palette you used and the texture you created. Those playing cards were a great material to start with, but you totally took them to a new level! I love the softness of the moths and fibers and the poetic quote. Another fantastic project and I'm so glad you shared it with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

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  3. Two great looking Book marks. I like the texture and colour, you have given to the background with the gesso and acrylic paint :)

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  4. I love how you took elements from the suitcase and adapted them to your project. That quote is one of my favourites: I was sorry I didn't have space to include it on my project, but I just loved Lin's too! Really like how you played with background technique too. Thank you so much for playing along with the PaperArtsy Challenge this week. Julie Ann xxx

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  5. Great shape cards. I love what you've done with them.
    Laura

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  6. These are such fun pieces, I love the texture you created especially the red lines.

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  7. Your two bookmarks are absolutely beautiful with a great color scheme and lots of lovely texture.

    Thanks for playing along with my challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenges!

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  8. Gail, LOVED watching your process and the end result and your decision that they are bookmarks is FABULOUS! Gorgeous colors also! THX for playing with us at the eP Altered Playing Cards Challenge!

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  9. These are so cool Gail! I love the abstract background, great colours!
    Alison x

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  10. From playing cards to these, that is lateral thinking... but yes definitely bookmarks, gorgeous one at that!

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  11. lots to see and love the colours

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  12. Great pieces! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge.

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  13. great project! I too sometimes pick up unusual playing cards

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  14. Fantastic transformation of the playing cards. Love the bright colours you've used. Thanks for joining us at eclectic Paperie and Country View Crafts. Sue C x

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  15. These are just fantastic! I love the different shape! Perfect size for bookmarks or tags!! I'm so glad you chose to play along with us at eP!!

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  16. Fab tags, thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

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  17. They turned out so well, love the shape and textures!
    Thank you so much for joining in the fun over at eclectic Paperie`s Get Altered Challenge and good luck.
    Big hugs
    Tracy
    xoxox

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  18. Fab pair of bookmarks! Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique.

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  19. First, Gail, I absolutely love the unexpected shape of your pair of tags! Genius, I say! And then there is that red against the dynamic blue. So well done, my friend! Thanks for participating in the Stampotique "pairs" challenge this week!

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  20. Love the unusual shaped cards, great base for bookmarks, and one can never have too many of those. Love how you altered them, the blue background is great.

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  21. Great idea! They're looking good
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC

    xx Arwen

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  22. These vibrant colours are wonderful. Great work! Thanks for playing around at SDC!

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