Monday, December 22, 2014

Altered Playing Cards Week 14

Hi everyone! I can not believe that we are already halfway through altering our deck of cards. As always you can jump in anytime. Click on the icon on the right for details.

Last week the theme was reindeer and I just happened to have a couple of reindeer stamps. :-) I had forgotten how much fun it was to heat emboss as well as cut stamped images out by hand. However, now I need to ask Santa for a pair of small scissors. Don't worry Cameron my trusty cutting machine you are not being replaced.

Here are Claudine's cards:
This was a really fun challenge but I must confess that I spent more time on my altered playing cards than I did on most of the Christmas cards I made. However, now I have some ideas for cards for next year. :-)

I started out by experimenting with my background. Since I had not prepped all my cards with gesso yet I went ahead and sprinkled Martha Stewart Coarse Crystal glitter in my wet gesso. When the gesso was dry I went then and used my airbrush with a blue marker. I was afraid it was going to change the color of the glitter but it did not.

Then I took a snowflake stamp and one with swirling snow and stamped with blue pigment ink.  I figured I might not get crisp images but figured since it was snow it was all right. 

Then I stamped my images on scrap card stock. I have lots of white scraps from doing print and cut as well as cutting out card bases. Rudolph was a stamp I picked up this year at a thrift store for under a dollar. At the time I didn't know what I was going to do. I heat embossed with copped embossing powder. Colore with Spectrum Noir markers and tied crotchet thread in a bow around his neck.  The tree and sentiment came in a package of G studio stamps which were under a dollar. I heat embossed the tree but the glitter embossing powder was too transparent so I didn't get the sparkle with the garland like I had wanted. I colored the tree and used a gold Sharpie on the star and the bronze one on the trunk. I used a hot pink glaze pen on the garland. Because of the black ink I had stamped with it became a dark purple. I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment. I won't tell you how long I've had this silver embossing powder but the store has not been in business for several years.  Then I cut my sentiment out also. The tree and reindeer are pop dotted. I used the same blue ink as I used for the snowflakes around the edges.

Claudine used a die along with a matching stamp on her card. Since I don't have a die with matching stamp I had to improvise. I first stamped with blue pigment ink my snow swirl and heat embossed with Winter Wonderland embossing powder. Then I ran my cardstock through my embossing machine using a Darice embossing folder I bought this fall.

A good friend sent me a few years back a set of stamps with the reindeer. I heat embossed with copper embossing powder but decided to not color.  He is pop dotted on the card. Did I mention that I own stock in the company that makes those foam dots. Lol!

The Merry Christmas is a stamp I've had for awhile. I stamped once again with blue and the Winter Wonderland. I colored and cut it out. Alas my blue marker is brand new and was really juicy so it bled some on the Christmas. I cut the sentiment out free style.

I took a scrap of copy paper and tore it and then used my air brush with markers. I used a scrap from cutting out a scalloped shape to get my snow drifts.

Talk about being frugal both cards were made using scraps I love it when I can use some of my scraps up. Do you save scraps to use in your crafting?

Today started a new challenge using embossing paste. I'm hoping I'll be able to get my cards done this week. I still don't have my energy back but I am feeling better. I hope that everyone reading this is staying healthy. There are some nasty bugs out this year. :-(

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. You have done a great job on them both. Such cute reindeer.
    Glad to hear you are starting to feel a bit better.

  2. Hey, I love your new blog bg. Cute. Your cards are out of this world. So gorgeous. Very well done with all the products you used. It can't get any better than this!!

  3. Love love you vision! Great project!

  4. I have to say, I think your cards are so lovely this week. Your little reindeer is darling and your snowy card is beautiful.


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