Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The bloglovin' plunge

Well, I took the bloglovin' plunge by transferring my personal list from Google Reader to bloglovin' because I don't want to miss a single post from my favourite bloggers. I also added the bloglovin' button to my sidebar so that if anyone still wants to follow me they can. (Please, please, please!!) It actually was a piece of cake to do both. Now I wonder why I procrastinated. Isn't that always the way :D

I had a bit of a play and created a few more altered playing cards from The Spoken Soul online class taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne at Artful Gathering. The backgrounds are done with gesso, Neocolor IIs, Inktense blocks, Gelatos, Distress inks and stains, acrylic paints and inks, and layers of paper scraps. Since the backgrounds were done at different times from the paper layers and the images etc. I couldn't tell you what I used on each card. I do all the backgrounds, then all of the paper scrap layering, then stencilling and stamping, and then I audition the images that I have fussy cut and keep in a container. Once those have possible card homes, I audition quotes that I have produced on my computer. What I can do is point out any embellishments or features specific to each card.

For example, this first card has a scrap of embossed black cardstock drybrushed with metallic gold acrylic paint. The half round "sun" is a piece of grungepaper sprayed with Dylusions inks. The clock was fussy cut and coated with Glossy Accents to make it look like a watch crystal was on the face. Her little hand was cut between the thumb and palm so that it would look like she was really holding the clock.

The next card has black half pearls decorating the banner flags. Dew Drops became the fish bubbles and were shaded next to the left side to give them dimension and allow them to be more visible. The white ring around the K was done with watered down gesso and a small lid to a bottle. A slight twisting motion once it's down on the card gives a less uniform ring which I like.

The third card has a moon image layered over the circle of paper already adhered to the card. He was given a top hat and a punched butterfly bow tie with an additional black butterfly behind it to create a shadow. His monocle is a jewellery jump ring with a Dew Drop adhered inside to create the effect of the glass. The bonus is that the Dew Drop magnifies that eye...very cool IRL. The tiny photo corner was handcut, dotted with a paint pen, and given a white half pearl accent. The quote has gold ink along the black matting edges in order to repeat the gold in his monocle.

I'm still having a blast creating these and coming up with those little details I like so much. They help my mojo want to hang around which is a bonus. Anyway, thanks for visiting today. I'm hoping that you will continue to subscribe either through email or bloglovin. I'd love it if you did :) I talk to myself enough already. It's nice to know someone else is

Life is good; so is art.


ParkNSlide said...

These just look like so much fun. Love the pure whimsy.

Tracy said...

I really do love these fun whimsical cards. Not to much area to have to cover but still plenty to play with and dress up. Hope you finish the whole deck! LOL Hugs!

Paper Profusion said...

I'm majorly impressed by all you are learning with this online class Bonnie - these are fantastic (not that you weren't already fabulous but you know what I mean)! Nicola x

Words and Pictures said...

More fabulous little makes - so packed with delicious details... With luck the whole Reader thing will turn out to be a Millennium bug style non-event, but glad to hear you've got everything backed up just in case!
Alison x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Fabulous ATC's!!!! Love them!!!! Wonderful design!