Do you like the canvas pages in your art journal or don’t you know how to use them? I will show you a few techniques that I have used. There are of course many more, I it just your imagination that sets the limits.
Type of project: Artist Trading Cards made of playing cards
Occasion: To trade or keep
Style: Mixed media, artsy, CAS, any style will do
Techniques used: Gesso, stamping, masks and stencils
Decoration: stickers, die cuts, stamps, washi tape, etc.
Main colour: all the colors of the rainbow
A few years ago I found the Full Deck Challenge Group on Facebook. That is a group where you make and share altered playing cards, and the challenge is to alter a full deck. I have not yet gone through all 52 cards – one per week I think is the way to do it – but I have altered a few of them.
The difference between altering playing cards and making Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are 1) the size is not exactly the same unless you are lucky enough to find that specific size of an ATC (3.5″ x 2.5″) and 2) often you make a series of at least 3 ATC cards whilst you make 52 unique altered playing cards. Also I do not think that many artists trade the altered playing cards.
I like to apply something to the background, either gesso or paint or tissue paper to start with but you do not have to cover the entire card base and then use some sort of color or ink. You can use any decoration of your taste and any style. It is a perfect opportunity to try some new techniques or colors or styles.
Another good thing is that the art is comparably fast to make and even when you do not have much time you may enjoy altering one single card.
Have you altered any playing cards? Let us know and use #TPCMagazine
Petra Offrell is from Sweden. Petra has been writing for TPC since 2021. Petra started paper crafting in 2004 and she mostly makes cards, layouts and Art Journals. Her paper projects are often made in Clean and Simple style with some Artsy details.