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Unique for you

#52CafeCards Challenge Maremi's Creative café Facebook group 2017

To produce a craft work the same size as poker playing card 2½ inches wide by 3½ inches tall in any media, following the theme of the week.  No restrictions.

12/52 Lace


A couple of lace sections that just happen to look like a cinched waist, with appropriate loops on one edge, and to not corset lace would have been a crime.


Cream lace and silk ribbon on 'salty ocean' distress inked card, finished with white mulberry roses.

11/52 Kaleidoscope


Watercolour pencil blocks of colour on 250gsm smooth watercolour paper.


The mandala scrapiniec chipboard was coated with white embossing powder for a clean look.


A variety of coloured gems add a touch of sparkle.


Third attempt.

10/52 Journey


Worked in isometric pen and gouache paints and finished with distress inks and frantage embossing powder.


Although my artistic journey started very very young, my skill were perfected in my Technical Illustration qualification 1992.


This card looks back at that moment, and the year of classes perfecting letter forms. looks a bit like i am out of practice now, but enjoying it all the same.

9/52 Imagination

Worked on scrap paper layers and coloured with mist sprays and coloured pigments.


I wanted an opportunity to make my own rust effect without having to pay a lot for specialised products, so selected the appropriate colours from my acrylic paint set and addedd beach sand for texture.


The 'spark of imagination' is infact a tiny strand of electric blue craft wire.

Wire was also used to make the thread on the top and bottom of the spark plug.

8/52 Hummingbird/ Heart


Worked on corrugated card background using mixed media skills learned at the finnabair workshop.


The beautiful humming bird is a sticker from Little B

7/52 Gear


Working on the colloquial meanings of 'gear', and making use of the cog trinkets.


A background of a faux 'health and safety' poster coloured with magicals pigments.


Background cogs, both paper and trinkets have rust and patina colours.


A double layer of paper cogs have been left white.


"always use the right (white) gear - stay safe"

6/52 Folk (art)


Behind this design is some art history research which suggested British Folk art is extremely diverse, and include weathervanes, shop signs etc.


This card asks the question in the form of a shop sign.

The weathered background is coloured with pigment.

The bracket for the shop sign and lettering add dimension.

5/52 Eclipse


Working on the synonyms of 'eclipse', "a love to eclipse all others"


A background of layers of acrylic paint over black gesso.


The photograph is 2cm diameter, in an antique patina effect frame, with tiny bloom embellishments.


A stack of 4 aged letters and a white rosebud, tied with love.

4/52 Dragonfly


A background of glitter paste through stencil.


A handmade gem dragonfly with unique handmade crystaline wings.


An opportunity to experiment with powder pigments in crackle gel.

Inspired by Art Deco insect jewellery.


See gallery of techniques and close ups below

3/52 Coffee


A background of distress ink in coffee shades applied by brush.


A resist frothy white area and the use of frantage embossing media for the latte foam.

Coffee cup rings.

Coffee granuals (gold micro beads)

A silver spoon charm.

The letter 'c' could also be the handle of the cup.

Corrugated card (inspired by the heat holder cover on a take away coffee)

2/52 Bubbles


A background of distress ink applied by brush over resist medium.

The dictionary definition of 'bubbles'.


Where the word bubble is mentioned, a wired circle with clear glazed centre (glossy accents) provides a highlight.


Additional 'bubbles' are provided by adhering clear dew drops on the completed design.

1/52 Art


A background of paint pigment over the dictionary definition of 'art'.

A frame made from wooden recycled coffee stirrers.


The visual conundrum: does the 1/52 refer to the challenge, a limited edition work of art, or a scale ratio?


The text says "i am...art is...me"


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