and my eyeglasses card from gull, it's an altered playing card, which amazingly, is the first i've ever received!!! it has great texture this card, i suspect the layer she drew on is a rice paper of some sort? either way, love!
I'm glad that it reached you, and that you like it!
It's mulberry paper, I believe. And since I couldn't find my fancy-schmancy art pens, I used a black ballpoint...which meant tracing over and over each pair of eyeglasses to get the ink nice and dark and even on the soft, lumpy surface. Still, the textured look is worth it.
Not sure mine qualifies as an altered playing card, since I only used the card for sturdiness, rather than as part of the design.
I have received this awesome card, "The Joker" (on my jokers/jesters theme) from Krafty Karasu:
There's the added bonus of it being an altered playing card. I really like that she used a joker card without an actual jester image on it and added one herself! Thanks, Krafty Karasu -- this is a really fun ATC!
I have received three amazing bookmarks! I've been lax in posting pictures of the first two, which I received a couple days ago. First is a wonderfully vintage-y decoupaged bookmark by Camelama:
She ran with my "cats" and "red & gold" themes. (The coloring in the picture is a bit off, but the trim, as well as the entire back side, is a lovely pale gold.) It's sturdy without being clunky, and it's absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Camelama -- I love it!
On the same day, I received this fantastic felt bookmark from Stellou:
She incorporated one of my favorite motifs (Celtic knotwork) and color combos (red & black) into a masterpiece of embroidery and crochet! (Again, the colors are a bit off here; the red is really much richer.) I'm really impressed with how pretty, precise and professional it is. Thank you, Stellou!
Then, today, I received a double-sided card from Ramona Q, who drew inspiration from a couple of reading subjects/genres I listed. One of these was circus history, for which she created this collage of old ad images:
The other was graphic novels, which led her to this bit of brilliance:
As explained in her note: "The paper...from a 1930's book on gardening...reminded me of...a comic book...So I went with that idea and made Iris into a human and the Iris borer into an evil villain." What an awesome, creative idea! Thank you, Ramona Q -- it's great!