Recently I joined a wonderful group, blissfullARTswaps. Many of the artist I follow are members and I am thrilled to now be swapping with them.
As always I was a bit apprehensive to join in, fearing I might not "make the cut." The first swap I joined is an All Hallows Eve Altered Cabinet Card. I had never altered a Cabinet Card, in fact, I didn't even really know what one was. The ladies of the group were great, sharing all their knowledge and even mailing me some cards.
Here is what I created. I decided to dress up my image feeling that she already had a witch like quality to her, kind of a mean headmistress look that could easily be called "witchy."
I started with layers and layers of black seam binding so that I could hide things between the layers. I made the spider and then a 3D witches hat.
Some coordinating buttons, lace and flowers finished it off. And I really like the way she turned out.
One of my favorite things to do is to package things in a lovely way. So I decided to make a pocket/envelope for the card. Recently a wonderful swapper with MAMA sent me a gorgeous vintage crochet piece. It was a bit large but perfect colors for this.
I sewed it into a pocket, added some trim, a ruffle and coordinating flowers and ribbon and voila a perfect pocket for my Altered Cabinet Card.
I had so much fun with this new to me art form that I have decided to host my very first blog swap. So be looking for my announcement in the next few days.
Thanks for looking.