Monday, May 20, 2013

Still in paper mode

Over at Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge blog, the challenge for the month may is altered playing cards.
As I am still in paper mode and my prima engraver paper pad was still out on my desk, I thought I would try some altered playing cards with this.

I also had some fimo clay pieces that I made with my stamps left, so I thought I would just play around a bit.

I distressed everything with my favorite distress ink pad, walnut stain. I think it works really well with this paper line. Actually, I think it works really well with almost everything.

I first covered the cards with a layer of golden matt gel medium, as it makes them a bit more receptive for whatever I might want to put on them. And then just had fun with embellishing the lot.

Here are some close ups of the cards. I think card no 1 is my favorite, because I really like the fimo embellisment and how the colors of the original card are still visible.

No 1

No 2

No 3

No 4

No 5

No 6

And all together =)

I like how they turned out and as I now have a lot of cards that cannot be used for card playing anymore, I guess I will be making more altered playing cards =)

Thank you all for watching and I wish you a wonderful day.

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  1. Monique...your ATCs are awesome! There is so much texture and dimension on each of them. I love your fimo clay pieces and how you've antiqued them. They blend in so perfectly to become part of your ATCs. Love all of the different torn papers, contrasting papers, inking and everything that has gone into each ATC. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. Absolutely love these... fantastic paper tearing to reveal that tantalising glimpse of the playing cards, and all brilliantly embellished - fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fun With ATCs!
    Alison x

  3. wow - they are absolutely fantastic!! Incredibly rich in detail as they are designed - of which I'd like one in my collection - so wonderful!

  4. Thank you for your sweet comments.
    @Dagmar, I'd gladly send one of these to you, for your collection. Just let me know which one you would like... or better yet, I'll see if I can sent you a mail.

  5. OMG Monique! These playing cards are unique and fantastic! Well done!
    Unfortunately, I don`t know how to bring back a deleted comment. But that was certainly not the last one I wrote:-)
    I wish you a wonderful week.
    Hugs MARTINA

  6. Oooh wow,your steampunk collection is amazing,beautiful colors and so many diffrent details,love this,so georgus.

    Hugs Jeannette

  7. What a brilliant collection, Monique! Love them all!

    The torn paper works so very well with those metal embellishment and the B&W from the playing cards! Beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing them with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges and over at FunwithATCs too ;)

    die amelie - Claudia x

  8. Wow. All of them are great. Beautiful charms in combin with the papervand cards

  9. Your altered playing cards look great!

  10. Wowowowow, these APS are outstanding, and gorgeous, love them all

  11. Im in LOVE!!! These ATC's are AMAZING!!! I love the card base and all the grungy Walnut Stained layers in top!!! What fabulous designs! I'd be tempted to frame these beauties! PINNING! Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  12. Stunning! So much detail on each one. Cindy

  13. These altered playing cards are gorgeous! Love them all!

    Gaby xo

  14. WOWWWWWWWWWWWW Monique they are greta.
    Love them.
    Greetings Janny

  15. These are truly an inspiration! I love how you tore your paper on top to have the card peek through. Your use of distress is top notch! Love love love!! If I was struggling to identify Steampunk before - I'm not after seeing your beautiful work here!!

  16. Very creative, I love the tear away strips and fimo embellishments.
    I don't use much paper but I am a big fan of the engraver set, so many good sheets in that pack and they have worked so well here. thanks for joining us at fun with atc's x

  17. Amazing !!!!! I love this cards.

  18. This collection is fabulous…love every single APC!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  19. I love what you did with the playing cards! Such inspiration :)

  20. These are fabulous! I love the torn areas showing the playing card underneath! Beautiful design! Love the steampunk feel! Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


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