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Monday, July 30, 2018

"The Sun Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"The Moon Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Page of Wands Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Watching Waiting" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes

Give me a sign
Take my hand, we'll be fine
Promise I won't let you down
Just know that you don't
Have to do this alone
Promise I'll never let you down

Saturday, July 28, 2018

"Hummingbird Butterfly Music" - Postcard

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This week's Take A Word challenge was "Swirls and Splatters."

And my sincere appeal for help with a problem is here.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Flower Time" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Stripey Legs / Zetti." I have the stripey legs, but that's it. (I always struggle trying to make Zetti art.)

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Go Insane - Lindsay Buckingham

So I went insane
Like I always do

Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O'Connor

I said nothing can take away these blues

It's been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song

All the flowers that you planted, mama
In the back yard
All died when you went away

"Music Roses Butterfly" - Wood Box

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I made a music roses butterfly wood box, using a paper cigar box.

I painted over the paper using Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Metallic Paint (346 433 / M18121), but it started chipping away at the fold point at the back of the box lid. (See the third photo.) I created top, front, back, side and bottom panels for it, and decoupaged them onto the box after the paint was dry. I used two layers of clear coat over that. I left the inside of the box unaltered.

I was going to give this to my sister as a gift, but now I'm unsure if it will stand up to the normal wear and tear of every day use, due to the paint chipping off.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

"Music Roses Butterfly 2" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Music Roses Butterfly 1" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"Butterfly Sheet Music" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Sheet Music."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Sun Moon" - Wood Box

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I made a sun moon wood box, using a cigar box.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Pink Flowers" - Wood Box

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I made a pink flowers wood box for my sister, using a cigar box.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Arcana Pentacle Raven" - Wood Box

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I made another pentacle raven wood box, using a playing card box, similar to this design and this design.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, July 23, 2018

"King of Pentacles" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Queen of Pentacles Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

"Metropolis Steampunk" - Postcard

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This week's Take A Word challenge was "Steampunk."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Pink Flowers Grunge" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Something Grungy."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Need You Now Lyrics - Lady Antebellum

I'm all alone and I need you now.
Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now.
But you don't answer.
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
For me it happens all the time.
Guess I'd rather feel nothing at all than hurt.

Say Something (I'm giving up on you) - A Great Big World

Say something, I'm giving up on you
And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you

Here With Me (I am what I am) - Dido

Oh I am what I am
I can't hide,
I won't go,
I won't sleep,
I can't breathe,
until you're resting here with me.
I cannot be,
until you're resting here with me.
I wonder how am I still here.

Alone (CID Remix/Audio) ft. Big Sean, Stefflon Don - Halsey

I remember, I remember what you told me

I know you're dying to meet me
But I can just tell you this
Baby, as soon as you meet me
You'll wish that you never did

Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Blue Fairy" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Fairies." This is 1 of 2 entries that I made for it.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Fairy Ghosts" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Fairies." This is 2 of 2 entries that I made for it.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Death" - Wood Box

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I made a Death Tarot wood box, using a cigar box.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Old Maps" - Wood Box

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I made an old world maps wood box, using a cigar box.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Hourglass Moon" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Time."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Arcana Pentacle Raven" - Wood Box

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I made another gold Pentacle Raven wood box similar to this one, using a cigar box.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Because everything in my design is old, I am entering it in this week's Tuesday's Treasures.


Materials:

cigar box

Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Metallic Paint (346 433 / M18121)

Delta (Plaid) Ceramcoat Gloss Interior Varnish

Steps:

I used Goo Gone to remove the labels from the cigar box, but there was still some stickiness left. I sanded those spots with fine sandpaper.

I painted the outside of the box with one coat of Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Metallic Paint and let it dry. (Note: to save paint, I only painted the outer edges where I would be applying decoupage panels.) I left the inside of the box unpainted. (I had wax paper underneath the box while I worked on it.)

I printed my Pentacle Raven box decoupage panels on card stock, then cut them out. I placed them on the dry box, and made fine adjustment cuts to them so that they would fit on the the box. (Note: I only needed to cut the front panel where the box latch was. The other panels fit as is.)

This time I did not allow 24 hours for the inkjet ink to dry completely on the card stock paper, before proceeding to the decoupage steps. (Note: the ink might have run a little, but not enough to ruin the appearance of the design.)

I applied a thin layer of Delta (Plaid) Ceramcoat Gloss Interior Varnish to the top of the box. I carefully lined up and placed the top decoupage panel onto the box. (Note: there is a very short period of time to adjust the panel a little bit, if it is slightly crooked.) I pressed all over the panel with my fingers to adhere it to the gloss coat and remove any air bubbles. (Note: maybe using the decoupage brayer roller would have been better.)

I waited for the top to dry, before repeating the decoupage "glue" step for the left side, front, and right side of the box.

I placed the box back on the wax paper and allowed time for it to dry.

I applied a thin layer of Delta (Plaid) Ceramcoat Gloss Interior Varnish to the top only, to coat the decoupage panel. (Note: Either because of the humidity in the air or not waiting long enough for the "glue" coat to dry, the top panel bubbled during this step. I used plastic wrap over my hand to press down on the bubbled areas to try to flatten them. When the panel dried, it was flat.)

I waited for the top to dry, before repeating the decoupage "coating" step for the left side, front, and right side of the box, to coat the decoupage panels. (Note: this first "coating" step is when the inkjet ink ran a little, but not enough to ruin the appearance of the design.) I also applied it to the back of the box and the visible lid edges, then allowed time for the box to dry.

Note: The front panel bubbled just like the top panel had. So I again used plastic wrap over my hand to press down on the bubbled areas to try to flatten them. This time the bubbles did not flatten, so I let the box dry a little, then placed the box with the back down and the front up. I put the plastic wrap over the front, then put books on top of that, to flatten the panel.

I waited until the next day to apply a second coat of Delta (Plaid) Ceramcoat Gloss Interior Varnish to the top, left side, front, right side, back, and visible lid edges of the box. (I chose not to coat the bottom of the box, nor the inside.)

I decided two coats was enough, and the box was done! (Note: I forgot to adhere my date created card stock paper to the inside of the box, so I did that as a final step.)

"Black Magic 2" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Black Magic 1" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Black Magic Death" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Beautiful Woman / Bohemian Girl" - Postcard

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This week's Take A Word challenge was "Beauty."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This is also my 3000th blog post.

"Italian Art Cat" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Cats."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, July 13, 2018

"Zetti Phoenix Risen From The Ashes" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.8.22, but finished it using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Risen From The Ashes" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.8.22, but finished it using GIMP 2.10.4.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

"Finis" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Lost - Michael Buble

Life can show no mercy
It can tear your soul apart
When the world's crashing down
And you can not bear the cross

Say Something (I'm giving up on you) - A Great Big World

I couldn't say anything because you would have stopped me...

Summer turned to winter
And the snow it turned to rain
And the rain turned into tears upon your face
I hardly recognized the girl you are today
And, God, I hope it's not too late

It was too late...

(I'm gonna swing from the) Chandelier - Sia

I'm gonna swing from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night
Feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier
But I'm holding on for dear life
Won't look down, won't open my eyes
'Cause I'm just holding on for tonight

Hymn For The Weekend (Then we'll shoot across the sky) - Coldplay

Then we'll shoot across the sky

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"Knight of Pentacles Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Knight of Cups Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Knight of Wands Tarot" - Postcard

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I made a Tarot Card themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Fourth of July" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)