Saturday, October 05, 2013

I am a keeper! ~ altered playing cards

I haven't had as much time to just play lately but I did have three more altered playing cards that I completed a little while ago and forgot to post. That's unusual for me because usually I can't wait to share...sometimes before the glue dries or the Glossy Accents goes I started each of these with the usual sanded and gessoed background, then layers of Neocolor II water colour crayon, some Inktense blocks and a little gelato rounded off with Big Brush pen JFF. Layers of scrap paper were layered over the Keeper one as well as a little stencilling with white gesso and TCW's Halftone borders template. White paint pen dots were placed along the patterned paper edges and used to trace over the 3 from the card. The images of the girl is from Tumble Fish Studio and the wings are from my stash. Black half pearls were adhered to the wings and tiny white ones to the girl's dress. The message on the card comes from a song by The Band Perry which states that "with or without you, I'm still me" and she declares that she is a keeper...and aren't we all!

The second playing card has a torn piece of sandpaper layered across the bottom. I love the texture of it and how it catches the light. The background is the same mix of media with the addition of gesso circles made by loading and then twisting a bottle topper. The sentiment was computer generated and matted in black to make it pop. There are two little dotty buttons threaded with white floss. Like the others, black Big Brush pen was used to line the edges to frame the card. I cannot for the life of me remember where the image of the joker or jester originated but he makes me smile and gives good advice.

The third playing card also makes me smile...that is something I would say to my husband and then we would both crack up. The background was done in the same fashion except that white ink was placed on each side one at a time and allowed to drip toward the center. When the ink dried it became shiny and opaque so I outlined it to show it off more. Lots of doodling and shading were done on each card. The circles are punched from leftover embossed cardstock and allowed to drift off the top and bottom of the card.The one became this gentleman's soapbox or mountain (as in King of the ...). Whatever he's telling us, he thinks he's all of that and a bag of chips. We know who is really right :)

Thanks for stopping by today. You know I really like when you do that. Hope you find a little play time soon.

Life is good; so is art.


Redanne said...

You are so very good at doing these little playing cards Bonnie, I love these, especially the man on the soap box, I am still smiling at the sentiment on that one...... Hugs, Anne x

Words and Pictures said...

Well, she may be a keeper - but that's mainly because, with that look on her face, I wouldn't DARE let her go!! Love the jester and, like Anne, I adore the final sentiment... reminds me of the quote attributed to Samuel Goldwyn: When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.
Alison xx

Sandy said...

They are all keepers Bonnie - really grand. The first one I would say is the keeper of dark secrets from the look on her face. I do love the sentiment on the last card and I try really hard to follow the laughter.

ParkNSlide said...

Love the whimsy and your choice of sentiments.