Wednesday, April 8, 2020

King of Fools-Jokers Wild-A Peek-a-Boo-Project

I’ve always enjoyed the look of playing cards and fondly remember playing cards with my family growing up as we had no television in our humble home. The joker was my favorite card because sometimes he would become a “wild card” and trump all. So often the joker stayed in the box on the table and was not used at all. The joker is the inspiration of this “April Fools” Instillation. I wanted to bring some humor to our crazy world.

1.  Print Images of Jokers and Back of Playing Cards adjusting size to fit on GSLC Small Tag Set.
2.   Use dry brush technique and Acrylic Paint-Copper, Van Dyke Brown, Transparent Iron Oxide to randomly paint all tags front and back.
3.  Cut and glue images to front and back of each tag using Weldbond.
4.  Crinkle a piece of wax paper or deli paper to dab on some of the above used acrylic paints.
5.  Once completely dry sand the edges of the GSLC Tags making them looked aged and vintage.
6.  Distress edges of GSLC tags using TH Antique Linen Distress Stain.
7.  Make a glaze of DecoArt One Step Crackle Finish and Triple Thick Glass Glaze and Burnt Sienna Acrylic Paint.  This will further the ancient, archaic look I am known for.
8.  Once completely dry use Deco Art Antiquing Cream-Red Oxide, Burnt Umber, Patina Green to fill in the cracks, wipe off with a baby wipe.
9.  Seal GSLC tags with a Matte Varnish.

 Some Final Thoughts.
Although April 1st was a week ago, I wanted to celebrate this often-forgotten holiday, much like the joker card itself hidden among the deck of playing cards. We need laughter in our lives, to look for the everyday joys that are sometimes hidden especially nowadays. Here are some fun quotes from the Joker of Batman Movies fame.
“I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every (explicative) minute of it!”
“I keep telling myself to stop talking to weirdos but then I wouldn’t have any friends left.”
“I don’t care what others think about me I enjoy my Life with my own rules”
“if you are good at something never do it for free”
“Some people want to see you fail. Disappoint Them!”
“Sometimes you have to play the role of the fool to fool the fool who thinks they are fooling you”

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Small Tag Set, Images of Jokers and Back of Playing Cards, Scissors, Acrylic Paint-Copper, Van Dyke Brown, Transparent Iron Oxide, Burnt Sienna, Paintbrush, Weldbond, Deli Paper, Sandpaper Blocks, Antique Linen Distress Stain, DecoArt One Step Crackle Finish and Triple Thick Glass Glaze, Antiquing Cream-Red Oxide, Burnt Umber, Patina Green, Matte Varnish, 

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!


  1. Wow, I love the look of these, your built up finishes are always incredible and these are no exception! Love the reference and inclusion of the Joker!

  2. Thank you Ann I try to make them look tattered and worn