Wednesday, June 21, 2006
This is one of the areas that Simple Treasures Collage really enjoys specializing in ! Most of the vintage playing cards are rather inexpensive and there are almost limitless uses for them ! Most cards are printed on THICK stock and have a nice medium gloss to them. Here are just a few different uses for Playing Cards:
1. Use To Create Backgrounds:
Use a single playing card to create a background on a small item such as a tag. Use multiple, contrasting cards to create a background on a sheet of paper, card, scrapbook, or the like.
2. Use As Embellishments:
Try cutting the "image" out of the card and using it as an addition to a tag, altered book, scrapbook, bookmark, handmade greeting card, collage, or ?. Many of the images on these cards are quite beautiful and would make a great addition to just about any craft project !
3. Use The Face Of The Card:
Use the face of a playing card to add some flair to your collage. Use the entire card or try cutting out the numbers, suits, or the King / Queen / Jack to set your craft project apart from the rest !
4. Creating ATC's:
Vintage playing cards make great Artist Trading Cards. These give you a fantastic artistic foundation to begin your card with. Try distressing the card with an emery board or sandpaper and then lightly inking with Tim Holtz Distress Inks for an even more unique card. Add your personal art, some rubber stamp images, fibers, and embellishments to help it stand out.
5. Swap Cards
This is a quite popular hobby in some parts of Europe and Australia. It is just now becoming popular in the United States. Vintage playing cards are collected and swapped much like American Baseball cards. While there is no craft involved, this is mentioned here because you may be able to swap your extra cards ...
Many of the playing cards that we carry are vintage cards from the 1940's, 50's, 60s' and 70's. Adding these to your period piece can really send the viewer down memory lane !
* Link To All Vintage Playing Cards
* Go To: Distress Inks
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