Friday, February 14, 2014


{Mixed Media Canvas}
Here is the US the month of February is synonymous with hearts and love because we celebrate Valentine's Day. So how do playing cards fit into this equation? They're a requirement for the current Eclectic Paperie challenge-use altered playing cards on your project. Since my mixed media canvas has a love theme I decided to use the king and queen of hearts. I'm also going to play along with a few other challenges since "love" and "hearts" are wildly popular right now. :)

Taking a note from Broni at EP I sanded my playing cards to roughen them up a bit, then used distress inks around the edges and a Faber Castell Sepia Pitt pen to create more of a distressed tone on the face of the cards. I didn't want to cover up the fact that they were playing cards but to simply tone them down a bit so they'd blend with the canvas. I created my background by applying Golden's Fiber Paste over a MPD Brick Wall stencil in random places and letting it dry. I love the look of text in mixed media so I grabbed my Tim Holtz tissue paper and started tearing pieces to fill my empty spaces. After adhering it to my canvas I mixed my background color and used a water bottle to lighten the color in some areas for a more transparent look. Tim Holtz stamps were randomly stamped with black Staz On ink for texture. I don't have a picture of the sides but they received the same treatment. 
This gorgeous heart is from Dusty Attic and the background is actually the negative. I couldn't throw it away so I added some texture to it with acrylic paint, ink sprays and distress ink. The other chipboard pieces (love, scroll, key) were altered in the same way. (I did add a coat of Golden's Glass Beads to the scroll and key before I altered them).  
I have to confess that this canvas took a dramatic turn from my original vision but I'm happy with the out come. That's the great thing about creativity-you never know where it will take you.
I'm playing along with the following challenges:
Edited: Yay! I won the EP Altered Playing Cards challenge, what an honor. Thank You!!
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you like my mixed media canvas. For everyone celebrating Valentine's Day I wish you a very **sweet** day that's filled with love.
Lisa xx


Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOWZA! What a clever idea and BEAUTIFUL work of art! I think your King & Queen of Hearts is the PERFECT touch and all the elements blend so well! Beautifully crafted and so glad you've come to share it with us!!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘LOVE is in the Air’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters

Chrissy said...

Fantastic work of art Lisa..I love the colours and textures and fantastic design..beautiful.


butterfly said...

Completely and utterly stunning, Lisa - I clicked for the close-ups and have been poring over this beautiful creation... Amazing treatment on the chipboard flourishes - they look gorgeous, and I love your distressed playing cards... simply brilliant!
Alison xx

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi, Lisa! I'm really loving this "steam punk" style of art, and you really put some amazing touches on this project. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible project in our challenge this week. It means so much, and I appreciate it.
Word Art Wednesday

Mona Pendleton said...

Happy Valentine's Day Lisa! Your card is absolutely stunning! Love the beautiful color scheme and fancy chipboard pieces!

Pia S said...

This is a little piece of art, Lisa! Love what you created here, there are so many interesting details and great techniques, so inspirational!

Tammy said...

WOW Lisa this is stunning!! I love all of the textures and the rich colors, so many beautiful details!!
Hugs, Tammy

Sierra Winters said...

This is really cool, Lisa. I love it and I just had to become your newest blog follower. Lucky me - I am FOLLOWER #100 - how cool is that? I would love to have you stop by my blog and follow me as well. I'm nowhere near 100 followers, but I might get there some day. Thanks for sharing your great projects.

Anonymous said...

Amazing, Lisa!! This is simply amazing !! :)) love all of the depth & layers!!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Nadja said...

Oh my this is stunning. I would have never thought to use playing cards!!! The way you altered and distress them is just fab! Thank you so much for playing along with us at TCCB.

Nadja DT

Broni said...

Oh my goodness! This is simply beautiful! I love that you "barely" altered the cards but used them so perfectly on your canvas! I'm so glad you chose to play along with us at eP!!

Tracy said...

Beautiful altered card, love all the layers and the colors are so rich!
Thank you so much for joining in the fun over at eclectic Paperie`s Get Altered Challenge and good luck.
Big hugs

Wendy said...

Stunning creation..Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
Wendy x

Sue Lelli said...

I just ADORE this canvas with the king and queen of hearts and your FAB texture and layers and colors! THX, Lisa, for playing with us at eclectic Paperie! Great canvas!

Kates said...

Fantastic job! Thanks for joining Fab n Funky this week. Kx

cardsetalia said...

Stunning canvas, love the colours and textures, and so much dimension. Best wishes.

Lisa M said...

HOLY CRAP....uber GORGEOUS!! My gosh, this is trance setting. I can't stop looking at it. Those playing cards pull you in and ALL your detail are stunning. You really had fun making this one, I'm sure of it!

alex said...

Wow this is just stunning, thank you for playing at Creative Moments
Alex x

toni said...

Absolutely gorgeous canvas! Love all your layering and the colours are warm and rich, the altered cards look fabulous nestling in their surroundings. Congratulations on your eP win hope to see you playing along again ! Toni xx

K8 said...

Amazing project, love all the details and the color are super!! Thank you for playing with us at Cresative Moments this time!! Hope to see you again, hugs Kate DT

Sue Lelli said...

CONGRATS on your win at eclectic Paperie, Lisa! This project is just AMAZING!

Deborah Adams said...

What beautiful piece of canvas art. I love what you did to the playing cards and transformed your other pieces you used. :D
Thanks for joining us at All Crafts Challenge.
Deborah ACC DT

sparklingblackrose said...

This is gorgeous!! Thank you for joining us at my All Crafts Challenge, I hope to see you joining in again for our new challenge :-) Elaine DT-xxx-

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