Jessica Brogan is holding an inspiration deck swap, the details are over here. I did some cards for her last swap (which can be seen here) and she asked if some of us would do a quick tutorial of making some cards, so here is my contribution.
Last time I used a deck of cards, this time I just cut up some cereal boxes. You could use watercolour paper, or ATC backs or anything really.
I then chopped the cardboard to size. The size is the standard ATC size of 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. While it doesn’t overly matter if your card is a couple of millimeters out, for the most part, if the size is too much bigger there is an increased risk that your card will get ruined and bent if the card gets folded round the other same sized cards in the deck. While I can be a bit rough and ready with some aspects of my art, the front stages of this project, the measuring and what have you, really make the job much easier at the back end.
I then glued the backs of the card to some scrapbooking paper that I had from another project. You can see in the photo the shapes that have already been cut out of it. I used gel medium to glue and burnished it quite well.
I then gessoed the other side of the cards.
And when the paper and the gesso was completely dry I trimmed them to size. This was just to save time at the end when I will then just have to measure the cards and cut to the correct sizes. Last time I did all the trimming at the end and it was a HUGE pain, though I did have lots of leftovers that I used for this card.
The first layer I used acrylic gouache.
Once that was dry I scribbled over them with my Neocolor I’s.
Then I scribbled a word on each card with my graphite crayons.
I then brushed some white paint over with a credit card.
When that was dry I squeezed on some air brush acrylics and sprayed some water on each card and then I smooshed it against another card.
I then dropped some ink on the cards and stamped some butterflies on the cards.
I then sprayed on some gold webbing spray.
I then splattered with some white acrylic ink, because splatter is my version of glitter, and I think splatter makes everything good. :)
I then grabbed a white-out pen and doodled over the cards.
I then used my graphite pencil, and did some mark making on the cards.
I then cut the cards down to the correct size.
I then used my round corner punch, because I prefer the look of the finished cards with those corners.
This is a completely gratuitous shot of all the cards stacked up, because I like the photo! :)
I then rubbed my ink pad around the edge of the cards, because I like the slightly grungy look and I prefer finished edges.
I then did some research and found some inspirational quotes that spoke to me. I then compiled them into a word document, and applied my favourite font to them.
I also made some detail boxes for the back of the cards, which I glued down with glue stick and burnished them.
I then cut out the quotes and glued them down with matte medium. And outlined them roughly with a pigment pen.
And I am linking up to Paint Party Friday as well, which is so supportive and everyone should check out!! :)