Sunday, November 4, 2012

Participating in a Card Swap!

"Trust the Process"

This year I participated in the "Inspirational Card Deck Swap" with

I had read about her first swap earlier this year
and when she decided to hold another swap this fall
I knew I wanted to participate this time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica
at Squam by the Sea this year
in the Outer Banks,
how wonderful it is to connect with
new friends from our social media world
and actually have a conversation
in person!
Jessica inspires me in so many ways,
please check out her link above to
her beautiful blog,
she is doing amazing work over there!

The deadline to have our 52 cards
to Jessica is November 15th,
so I am very proud of myself
for having completed and mailed
them off to Jessica this week!

It all began when Hurricane Sandy
decided to do her number on the East Coast,
and on Monday last week, she pounced
on Virginia Beach!
My office was closed and I found myself with a day off.
 I spent the entire day beginning and working 
on the process!
(Kinda cool hearing wind and rain while creating)

The challenge was to  start with a deck of cards,
all 52 of them
and I started playing away.

First Layer was white gesso

I used Liquitex gesso . . . I love it for many things
(even covering up pages for journaling)

Decided the second layer would be a stencil
Robin's Egg is my favorite color

Starting to come to life

Something starting to happen here ...

Added lots of different dimensions
to the cards that I use in my own
collage pieces
I have learned along the way

More Card Detail
(bubble wrap, smudges, rollers, palette scraping, bottle caps) 

A Little rubber stamping too

Almost there!

Writing down 52
Inspirational Thoughts for my cards
I then decided to type them on the computer
in a favorite font
Print onto Tracing Paper
and use on my cards
(learned about tracing paper on a tutorial)
I wasn't sure if it would work in my printer

Added inspirational quotes with matte gel medium

This is my favorite one!
I used a fun metallic marker around
each quote
Added a heart from ephemera 
to each card
A thin layer of top coat
Then finished with black gesso
along the borders

My hubby would just pass by the kitchen table
day after day to see how they progressed
he didn't get it
but knew it was something I had to do!
Love my hubby!

I packaged them up pretty
and mailed them off at the end
of this week
after thoroughly drying.

Now I wait . . . 
later this year Jessica will mail back to me
with 52 new cards (including one of my own)
and I will have a deck of inspiration
to begin my new Creative Year with!
One for each week to ponder on!

What fun it was, it took a lot of time
but was worth every minute of it.
Thanks Jess for putting it all together for us,
now the work is on you!
This was a great artistic experience
just having returned from the Sea!


  1. Gorgeous cards and process!!
    These turned out wonderfully!
    I am your newest blog follower, too!

    All the best,

  2. Oh, I would love to hear how Poem It Out was...was thinking of taking it! :)


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