Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Harpooning the Card Shark

Tonight the Lady Commander of Copics and I spent the evening in the Inked Cricket, one of the local taverns in the nearby village. After a trying day in the Glue Fields, we were tired, sticky and in need of a break. I ordered two mustard seed ales and brought them over to our table. As I was setting them down, a loud cheer erupted from the back corner of the room. Angela turned in her chair to look at what the commotion was and it was then I spotted the same lady of the evening I had run across last winter.
“What’s going on back there, Samuel?” I asked the barkeep.
“Some travelling gambler. She plays some sort of card game and has yet to lose,” he responded, methodically wiping the bar. 

I was commissioned to make a “thank you card” by one of my coworkers. Her husband’s boss paid for management and their spouses to go to Vegas, and she wanted a card everyone could sign as a thank you. Hence, this was born.

I didn’t really have anything “Vegas” themed so I decided to use actual playing cards and just stamp my image on them, earning me +783 innovative exp points. I chose the Kraftin’ Kimmie “Raychel” image, because she reminds me of Vegas with her cute dress, heels and kissy lips. I was super pumped when I found that paper with the dice on it at the very bottom of my paper container. The letters I cut using the Birthday Bash cartridge, and made them as big as possible. It’s like Raychel is kissing you “thanks”. Mwwwwwa.

I kept the inside simple since numerous people were going to be signing it. The sentiment was stamped using the Lawn Fawn “On the Mend” set and I added the flourish from the Dylusions “Bordering on the Edge” set.

I used the same stamp on the envelope for lack of anything better.

This card will try its luck in the following challenges:

I found it curious that a woman, who just the previous year, was selling other services was suddenly some sort of card playing savant. There was surely some sort of scam or trickery afoot. I subtly cast a detect magic spell and sure enough, there was a bright blue glow around the woman.
“She’s bathed in some sort of spell that is obviously helping her with her card game,” I whispered to the Lady Commander.
Angela discreetly pulled a magic absorption stone from her pocket. “Well let’s put an end to her streak,” she said, a sly smile spreading across her face.
I smiled back and nodded twice, watching as the stone started to glow, absorbing all the magical spells in the room. I can’t stand cheaters.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Regan said...

What a fun thank you card! The paper is perfect! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

OHHHHH WOW that's such a brilliant idea to stamp directly on a card! I will just have to try this out one of these days! Love this.

Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Debora said...

Fabulous card! Very creative and I love that KK image!Thanks for joining us this week at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner.

Desire Fourie said...

This is a wonderful creation with great details and its perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Hazel said...

Thank you for entering your lovely card for Tammy Scraping Corner 80 'anything goes' challenge, Hazel, Guest Designer x

candihearts said...

I love this idea! with the playing cards so cute! ~Patti

Missy said...

What a fun card, I really like the little playing cards you created and the bold font! Thanks for joining FCCB's ABC ~ 123 challenge this week!

Deborah said...

Such a original card, love the design and the idea!
Thank you for entering our challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

Crafting with Amy said...

I love this card, the playing cards are a great touch. Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB.

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

That is genius to use playing cards as a background for your stamps! And when I read that it was because your coworker was going to Vegas, it added a whole new dimension of cleverness! I also enjoyed your writing skills: it's always nice to see someone who can create art and spin an interesting story along with it! Way to go on this and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

soapHOUSEmama said...

Super fun! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

Ro Donner said...

Great idea for using playing cards on your project! Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB.
Ro Donner, DT Member

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