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Christmas Altered Playing Cards

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Yay! Christmas! The year we’ve had guys and dolls, this year! It’s almost done, we can make it, we have made it this far. So, today I have a couple of altered playing cards. I’m working on a Christmas journal cover (more on that later, if I get it finished) and while I had the napkins and my 1/2 water and 1/2 gel medium mixture out, I thought about making a couple of altered playing cards.

I started off these playing cards with decoupage (I looked the spelling up, it is right, it doesn’t look right, but it is right) with some Christmas napkins I got at the Dollar Tree. To make the decoupage medium for the glue, I used speedball gel medium, you can use modpodge too. I prefer the speedball over modpodge. The modpodge is shinier when it dried than the speedball and I live in a humid area and the speedball also seems to dry better down here. Use what you have! Use what works for you!

Find a jar, glass works great, but you can use a plastic one, it needs a lid. I keep mine in a vintage Ball jar, you can pick them up at estate sales or garage sales. You’re going to mix 1/2 speedball or modpodge and 1/2 water and shake well. You might need to add more of the medium or more water, it needs to be runny.

Notice in the above picture the napkin, you will want to separate the napkin and make it real thin, usually napkins are least 2 layers, at least the cheap ones are.

You’ll put a thin layer of your glue mixture on the card and then add your napkin down. Add another layer of your glue mixture.

The second card, I covered the entire card with a napkin.

Here’s the back of the cards after they are decoupaged. No one shows the the back of their work, I like seeing the back. (Don’t worry I cover the backs up)

Here’s the finished backs! After the decoupage dried, I sewed coffee dyed paper to the back. I sewed it before I finished decorating the front. I figure they might be used as journaling cards, or I might use them as a gift tag, or I might throw 1 in with an order for The Alchemy Factory.

This is the one I completely covered with the napkins. I used cream thread to sew the coffee dyed paper to the back. I thought it was too cream, so I used Forest Moss Distressed Ink on the thread and the edges. When I picked the paper, it was before I inked up the edges. After the edges were inked, the white on the paper (which came from Hobby Lobby) was too white, so I inked the paper with Forest Moss.

The Christmas Day image is from Tim Holtz Christmas Snippets and the kiddo is from Tim Holtz Paper Dolls. Both can be found in my shop.

After the decoupage was dry on this one, I inked up the entire thing with Forest Moss. The ballerina is from Tim Holtz’s Paper Dolls and the Compliments of the Season came from Tim Holtz’s Christmas Snippets.

I hope these inspired you to start decoupaging! If anything, you learned how to spell decoupage and know where to come if you need to spell it. Enjoy!

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