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« on: November 01, 2012 11:06:36 AM »

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Playing Card Houses - featuring Elmer's products

I love playing cards, endless possibilities for crafting! I picked up a box of mini playing cards at my local charity shop and decided to turn them into wee houses.



I used lots of nick-naks in these, but the main things were...

  • Mini playing cards (any size will do Wink)
  • Various inks and ink mists
  • X-ACTO Paper Trimmer
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • Elmer's Precision Emellishment Glue
  • CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner
  • CraftBond Gel Pens
  • Elmer's Painters (Sherbert Swirl)
  • X-ACTO Self-Healing Cutting Mat (used for measuring and because it's fun to craft on a pink mat!)
  • Bronze powder
  • Various papers
  • Washi paper tape
  • Wire
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon & bits of old lace

Phew! Cheesy

Let's begin! Gather your supplies together. These cards already had some age to them, but I wanted to distress them further.


All sprayed up and ready to go!


Using your lovely pink board Grin mark off a triangle which will be the roof of your house. Do the same at the other end. (You can save the bits in the middle for triangles.)


I used the X-ACTO Paper Trimmer to trim off my triangles neatly.


Et voil! Ready for embellishing!


This card will have a lace trim for the roof. You could also use paper or ribbon.


Using the embellishment glue, dab a little along the edge on both sides of the lace. The nozzle makes this really easy!


Now the real fun starts! Root through your papers and find some little interesting pieces to add. Glue and trim the edges.


Using the Elmer's Dot Runner you can run a line of sticky dots along your card which you can use for glitter and powders and lots of things. I'm going to use a bronze powder. So decide where you want your dots and simply press the dispenser along the card.


Shake a little of the powder across the sticky dots. You don't need to be too heavy with it, just a dusting.


Brush the powder off and you get lots of little bronze dots Grin


Now you can start to add some more layers and textures. First a little ribbon...


...then maybe some more paper, or buttons, until you are happy with the look.


If you're making these to hang then you'll want wire or ribbon to hang them. I used a rusty star garland so I could have the star at the front of the roof.


I was able to just poke the wire through the roof. Then I bent and twisted the ends together. You could use pliers if the wire is thick.


Some last minute primping and preening, I added some dots using the paint pens.


There you go! Three wee houses Smiley


And a few more without hangers...
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012 11:14:09 AM »

The bronze dots are fabulous!  As is that garland again.  Can I just live in your craft space?
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 12:19:28 PM »

Adorable!  I love how you used something old (the cards) with something new (the supplies!)....

I think they would make wonderful ornaments for friends and family!
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012 12:20:21 PM »

I bet there is no scrap of anything that goes unused in your stash. And each piece has a beautiful purposeSmiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012 12:48:05 PM »

Thank you! Yeah the dots worked so well with the powder because you can see them so clearly. I can see I'm going to be buyig more of that stuff!

Yep, much to the annoyance of my bloke I keep everything. Nothing is wasted here!
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012 01:36:02 PM »

Another adorable version of tiny houses! LOVE!
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012 03:01:10 PM »

This is a really lovely tutorial.  It's fun seeing your creative process.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012 12:31:38 AM »

I love your style, Phizzychick!  And you put so much thought into your pieces!
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2012 01:23:59 PM »

I can see that my holiday ornament crafting just got WAY easier. Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012 07:41:27 AM »

These are so Phizzy!

Great job; I love them.  Smiley
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