Thursday, February 06, 2014

eP February Get Altered Challenge ~ Altered Playing Cards


Woohoo! It's time for the new eclectic Paperie Get Altered Challenge which begins the first Thursday of the month. This time, our lovely and talented Broni Holcombe is hosting and she has chosen altered playing cards as her challenge theme...something near and dear to my heart. I'm pretty sure that I will be creating two entries for this challenge just because I love them so much. If you have visited before, you know that my backgrounds begin the way that Mary Jane Chadbourne taught in her The Spoken Soul class. I won't go into those details out of respect for her copyright for the dvd but I will tell you that I use a combination of Neocolor II crayons, gelatos, and Big Brush Pens to apply colour to the background. The layers of paper are mainly scraps and the lettering is done on the computer.


On the first altered card, I stencilled white gesso through TCW's Art Is stencil. The turquoise paper is a remnant of a watercolour paper which was sprayed with water and Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise. Holes had been punched for another project so I used the leftover piece behind the boy. I liked that the background colours show through the randomly placed holes. The stars are tiny sequins attached with Glossy Accents. The boy is from Deviant Scraps and the message is popped up on foam tape. Both the boy and the card are edged with Black Big Brush pen along the sides. I love that he looks so serious and almost matter of fact with his message like it's something we all know but sometimes forget.


The second altered playing card has gesso applied through the same Art Is stencil. The dots are stamped with Jet Black Archival ink. The image was a freebie which was fussy cut and then matted with black so it didn't disappear into the background. The scissors were cut with an MFT die and some metal foil tape used to seal heating ducts. Again, the sentiments which are mounted on black cardstock for more visual weight and contrast, are popped up on foam tape. Two little threaded buttons are adhered to the top left corner with Glossy Accents. To me, she looks like the person you would least suspect of running with scissors which is often the way. Don't make assumptions based on her appearance.


The third playing card has a dramatic blue background. The arrows were stencilled with gesso through TCW's Chevron Arrows stencil. The circle behind her is punched from a leftover Distress inked paper, a combination of Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade. There are actually four different scraps of paper layered onto the background, in addition to Jet Black Archival stamping, and black gesso rings. The images are from Deviant Scrap. Both the moon and the wording altered slightly from Dr. Seuss were popped up on foam tape for added dimension

Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate that. If you get a chance, pop over to the eclectic Paperie blog to see Broni's fabulous altered cards. Other DT members will add their creations to the thumbnails below along with our wonderful participants in the challenge. We'd love to see you there, too.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie
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11 comments:

Broni said...

These are so wonderful, Bonnie! Each one a masterpiece! I especially love the little boy with his adorable expression!! The star sequins and the panel with holes are so cool!

ionabunny said...

I've never altered playing cards but you really have my brain going now. Off to find my cards......

Erin Smetak said...

Love your playing cards, Bonnie!!! The playing w/ scissors one is hilarious!

Sue C said...

Fabulous cards Bonnie ! Love the strong colours and the images you've used ! Sue C x

toni said...

Fabulous! nuf sed ! X

butterfly said...

Couldn't be more up your street, really, could it?! Another amazing set of cards - the queen is marvellous with her scissors, the moon traveller a quirky delight, but oh how I love the colours, the boy and the words of the first one.

Always meaning to take your inspiration and alter some playing cards - maybe this will finally kick me into action!
Alison xx

cardsetalia said...

Lovely altered cards, I shall have to dig mine out and try altering some of them.

Micki said...

These are awesome. So vibrant and colorful and love the different accents on each card. Love it.

Tracy said...

It`s always a pleasure to see your ART Bonnie, they are stunners each and every one!
Big hugs
Tracy
xoxox

Barbara Thompson said...

Bonnie, your playing cards are fabulous. I'm such a fan of your work!

Andiepants said...

The colors on these cards are GORGEOUS!!!