Saturday, 27 October 2012

2012 Inspiration Card Deck Swap

 I thought you might like to see my stages for creating 52 cards for this fabulous swap

First I chose 3 soft pastel colours and painted the old set of playing cards with them, some all one colour, some a mix, depending what I had on my palette or brush.  I then gave them a second coat, still allowing part of the original playing card to show through, adding interest.
 I then adhered torn pieces of book paper to the cards and again, over painted it with the soft pastel acrylics, the words still visible through the paint.

I then took ripped up pieces of patterned paper napkins and pasted them over the top of the words and paint, sometimes covering the whole cards, sometimes only covering a section.  I then stamped images on to the cards, adding a further layer of interest.

 I then printed out the quotes on computer paper and cut and pasted them onto the cards, as they came out of the pack, no sorting out just working my way through  them.  I then highlighted around the quotes, roughly in soft pencil, to make them pop off the page.

I'll share some more quotes with you over the coming weeks :-)


  1. You're a real Mistress of your craft, Shaz. What a lot of work there is in this project and oh so beautifully executed. I think this is one of my favourites of yours (although, to be honest, all of your projects are my favourites!). Well done you. x
    ps Will write soon - life is getting in the way of any 'me time' at the moment!

  2. thanks for sharing how to make - it looks like you need some patience for this, no rushing to finish! the results are lovely and whoever receives your cards in the swap is going to be very lucky. Betty catching up on followers - thanks for being one!

  3. These look wonderful ,I am not sure I would want to be the one hosting this swap.

  4. What a fantastic swap! I enlarged your photos to get a better look. This set of altered playing cards is fantastic. You have included so much detail. Lovely!

  5. Oh my goodness...I am in awe (of your talent, determination and organisation!)
    Fab work Sharon....

  6. I like your little cards. And I like your time clock. No. I don't think you should be up. Right not I am reading my blogs, watching the TV, anxiously--really nervously--awaiting election returns for American president, and trying to decide what's for supper.

  7. what a fabulous collection of cards! It will be fun seeing what comes back to you. They will all be so different

  8. I love this...I miss participating on Roses...been too busy. But Sharon, you have inspired me to just dig in today!!!

    Keep up the good work!

  9. Thank you all so much ladies. Hula-la, really hope you've had fun creating, I'll be popping over to your blog to see :-)


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