Friday, 20 March 2015

It Should Be Easy, Easy, Easy

Hello.  Welcome.  I am working on a deck of altered playing cards for Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge.  Whilst agonising for hours yesterday on the perfect stamp I wondered why I was making this so difficult!!  I mean, it's a CASE.  Claudine comes up with the ideas, the colours, the design.  So why is it taking me so long!!!!!  Well, despite my inability to find the perfect stamp I am slowly getting my collection together.  Monday Claudine will post her final cards.  I still have 10 blank!  Better get on with it!!!!   You can find Claudine's cards from week 25 HERE

Woz dat den!!  OK, so Claudine's first steps involved reinkers and alcohol blending solution.  I got some of those I thought and merrily splashed stuff about.  It wasn't til I read Elizabeth's post that I realised that mixing alcohol blender with pigment and dye reinkers is probably not going to result in a happy marriage.  Spritzing on top with a waterbased homemade shimmer mix is probably not going to help the situation!!  The above photo are my resulting backgrounds.  I did mop the ink that refused to dry on the far right with the bottom right piece.  I think that ended up being one of the pieces I chose.  So, inky backgrounds

I liked the red one.  I added some gold embossing paste through a homemade star stencil.  My homemade shimmer adds quite a nice gold effect, maybe not visible

When I put my stamped image on it looked a bit bare so I checked Claudine's post and added the white lines to the stars and my star border. 

I used Curious Corrin coloured in bright mediums.  The sentiment is from Unity I am woman set.  Going to join this up at Stampotique Designers Challenge 186 - Stars

For my second card I chose the brown background and sprayed jade dylusions through Dreamweavers waves stencil.  Arrrrggggggg!!  My man said it's arty.  Step back and reappraise.  OK, maybe not the perfectly stencil background one envisioned, but it is kinda arty.  I can't afford to lose the ace of diamonds so onward and upward we shall go

I used Unity Harmony Girl and another sentiment from the I am woman set.  I was actually looking for a wide mouthed huge screaming monster, just because, but I think this works as well.  Hugz

Going to join the fun at
Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
Ett Trykk Vi Jubilerer Utfordring 23

Two more to love.  Definitely worth the time to dig through the stash and find the right stamps.  Love these.  Amazingly I love most of the cards I have made for this challenge and the others are definitely OK to good.  It's become like a little library of techniques.  Thanks so much Claudine

Thanks you for dropping by.  This is a friends with flair post so do leave a little love for the chance to win some rubber.   Have you seen Darnell is going starting NBUS #4 tomorrow.  Check it out. 

My APC's joining the fun at
Claudine's APC Challenge Week 25
Addicted To Stamps Challenge 136 - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
OCS March Anything Goes Challenge 


  1. Good to know i am not the only one playing catch up Gail! your APC's are awesome, love both the colours and the sentiments :-) xxx

  2. Both APCs are just adorable and full of fun, Gail! Score! (again!)

  3. Herlig, du er så utrolig kreativ og full av gode EGNE ideer :)

  4. great cards have a great weekend!

  5. These APC's look fab Gail, great colours and stamps. Carol x

  6. Tomorrow already? Geeze that has come round quick. Just when I've no data much left & oodles of visiting to do!!! Anyways....great LEARNING here & even GREATER 'saves'....those stamps look fabulous, & stand out nicely against the bgs!!! Love the idea that this has taught you about different MM as you go, too:):)

  7. These are really stunning! Your backgrounds are really fab and you have the perfect stamps!

  8. These are awesome! I really love the second one and that stenciled background is so pretty. I just recently got the jade dylusion spray but haven't pulled it out yet, totally going to do it now! I have had some trial and error with the sprays and stencils and pretty much have discovered to get minimal bleeding just one spray is about all you can do.

  9. I love them both wonderful cards and very unique
    I saw this on Unity FWF. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  10. I love your altered playing cards; they are amazing!

  11. Such incredible projects and all the detail is outstanding. So glad you joined us at ATSM this week!

  12. Great ink job!love so much!

  13. They turned out wonderfully. Thanks for sharing.
    {I spotted you on Unity FWF today}
    Crafty hugs,
    DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

  14. Gail, you are a riot!! This was a great post and I love your altered playing cards!! The gal with the mask is wonderful. I agree with your guy abt the arty background. I really like it. Also, I am intrigued with your homemade stencil. I haven't tried doing that. Sounds like fun!!!
    Hi from one of your Friends with Flair! :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  15. Your altered playing cards are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love how you shared a bit of your journey...I know many of us have felt, or are feeling, the very same way. I am so happy you did not get overwhelmed or discouraged because the end results are amazing!! Love both of these beauties!!

  16. What a fantastic pair of creations! WOW! I love them both!

  17. So bright and colorful. Awesome art.

  18. Two really awesome cards...Love how you created your backgrounds, too! Thanks so much for playing along in our 'Anything Goes' challenge at ATSM!

  19. These are both gorgeous Gail, striking colours and great sentiments. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Stampotique. Sue xx

  20. Gail is this SHE ART you have made
    coool its really cool like multimedia card but it is artistic..I love the color and the image you have choosen..great cards Gail and my fav is the second lovely red color there.
    love again your card...
    hugs, Monika


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