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Day 14/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

This one was a simple design. I noticed the points of the hearts pointed inward, so using markers, I drew long lines to connect each point with its opposite. The colors change to show the progression of the path. I tried to fill as much space as possible and add as many creative twists and turns as I could.

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge/
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Thank you +Callum Ward​!
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Day 13 work in progress...
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Day 12/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

I noticed the hole punch was a perfect size and design to complement this space on the card and I used an art paper behind it for a stained glass look. On its own, the 2♠ was a little boring, but it looked really interesting in this collage. The flower shape is also cut using a punch.

Unlike the other card I’ve made thus far, this one is designed “outside the box”. It’s nice to explore the possibilities sometimes.

I have the card designs for days 1 through 11 on my blog at:
http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge/
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Thank you very much +Kenny Parnell​!
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Day 10/30 "Count the Hearts"

This is what happens when you never throw things away. I had this leftover art paper from a wedding I decorated last year. That’s why there are perfect hearts cut out of it. I can’t take credit for those. You see that crooked little upside-down heart on the lower left? I cut that one out with an X-Acto knife. Mine doesn’t look as good as the laser cutter, lol.

I lined the paper up in such a way that all the hearts on the card were showing, even if you only see the tail or a subtle curve. I then cut away more paper in big, sweeping, heart-shaped curves along the edges of the card.

If you try to count the shapes that seem like hearts or parts of hearts, how many hearts do you see?

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Inspired by some playing card designs on Pinterest and a 100 day sketch challenge blog, I combined these ideas into this Playing Card Art Challenge. Take an old deck of cards ♣ Doodle, decoupage, do whatever to turn each of these cards into art ♥ Share 1 per day for 30 days ♠ ♦ Day 10/30 Count the hearts This is Continue Reading
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I counted 26 but I am liberal in my definition +dPHender son​ :)
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Day 9 work in progress. This one is gonna be awesome :)
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Lol +Reggie Hudson thanks so much for noticing, I do try to make my "behind the scenes" shots look nice.​ One thing I've learned is that people don't have time to read, so it's good to put as much info in the photo as possible.
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Day 8/30 of my Playing Card Art Challenge

I noticed there was an 8 in the negative space between the diamonds, so this design is meant to reveal the 8 without altering it. This uses caviar beads applied with glue. The color was chosen to both blend with the red diamonds and contrast with them. If you look at the reds, it is easy to see them, but if you look at the white 8, the warm tones seem to blend together.

I did some behind-the-scenes shots and description of the process of applying the beads on the blog, if you're interested:

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge/ #CardArtChallenge 
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Day 13/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

You might remember that punch I used on yesterday’s 2♠. Well, I used the cutout shapes from that punch to create the flowers in this piece. The vines were drawn by Sharpies.

I always love pen drawings when other people do them, but I was surprised how difficult it was to do my own. The hardest part was deciding how to start and drawing that first line ;~)

#CardArtChallenge

See the behind-the-scenes and the first 12 days at:
http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge/
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Nothing up my sleeve but my arm, +Reggie Hudson :D

I'll keep that in mind, +Laura Ockel :)
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In case you were really hoping for a Queen on Day 12, here is a card photo of a queen from a couple years ago. I don't think I ever shared it before. The bokeh dots and stripes are from a fiber optic lamp.

And this is a strategy article I wrote last month for the solitaire game Topsy Turvy Queens.
http://www.tesseractmobile.com/topsy-turvy-queens-strategy/
We just added the game to our Solitaire Free Pack, and the article has a really cool link that will take you right into the same hand that I discussed in the article. This was the first time I used a link like that. It's a new feature. It's really cool, and I keep hoping it will encourage downloads. Also, it's the first time I did two articles in tandem. Instead of doing one long article, I broke it into two - one specifically describes the game, and the other describes one specific tip that can be used in many games. 
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Day 11/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

I really didn’t know if I was going to do any face cards. They have too many details already. My attempts thus far looked terrible. I wanted to do something like this, but didn’t know if I could pull it off. Well, five hours later, I think I did a pretty nice.

The J♠ at the bottom right was originally done as a mock-up. I was planning to cut the corner off of the original card, but I wanted to see how it would look before cutting the card. Once I saw the hand-drawn version, I liked how it looked with the white line drawings in the art paper. It seemed to bring the elements together, and I was happy with the results.

However, I am going to taper off from my one-per-day original plan. The cards are getting a nice following, which motivates me to do crazy in-depth designs, but I’m running behind on new solitaire games and strategy articles, so I need a bit of catch-up time.

Check out the first ten card designs at my company website:
http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge/
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Wow nice
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Day 9/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

Today I thought I would incorporate some dried flowers into a card design. I chose the two art papers to complement the pinks of the flowers and wove them together to form a sort of "basket", if you use your imagination :)

This one may be my favorite so far. It presented a lot of challenges. For example, as I was mocking up the woven paper, it was almost impossible to move one strip without having all the rest of them wiggle out of place. There are more details on the web blog.

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge/ #CardArtChallenge
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Day 8 work in progress...
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Yay! My new ♡ Cards collection was featured today, along with some other fantastic collections. Check them out!
 
"My Collection got featured thanks to my network!"
#g+winning

A big thanks to our Create members, +Paul Pavlinovich, +Thomas Deckert, +Shelly Corbett, +Daniel Martin and +Andreas Bartels for introducing these amazing Collections to us. And a huge congratulations to our new talents for sharing their stunning content in a Collection which is now being featured on the Google+ Featured Collections Page!
Here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collections/featured

Discover these recently featured Collections:
+Reiko K's Scene at the station:
https://plus.google.com/collection/MxavFB
+Alex Bihlo's Newfoundland:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IiicDB
+Avanaut's Avanaut's Lego:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oE7rcB
+Micah Buzan's Animation by Micah Buzan:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/I82UNB
+Laura Ockel's ♥ Cards:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oh_yjB

Keep creating! Tag your posts with #g+winning and share your success story! 

Credit: Micah Buzan
https://plus.google.com/103197995100537659071/posts/6iVGNxLVkvo
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This is a fantastic graphic +Karl Brown​. I don't know who created it. I reposted it from the Google+ Collections community.
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    Co-Founder & Game Designer, 2009 - present
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Photographer, Android Game Designer, Glass Explorer
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I love photography.  My specialties are macros and nightscapes.

When I'm not taking pictures or hanging on G+, I'm hard at work doing game design for Tesseract Mobile.  I co-founded Tesseract Mobile in 2009 with my fiancee Joshua Frank.  We specialize in card games which have been enjoyed by millions of people all around the world.  How cool is that?! 

Big thanks to all the awesome people who have downloaded our games!

I am inspired by the technological pioneers of Silicon Valley and I am proud to work in the tech industry.  More than that, I'm grateful for the opportunity to earn my living with art and creativity.  My dad said that wasn't possible ;)

Here on Google+ I enjoy sharing my photography and graphic designs, but most of all I love being inspired by the creativity of my fellow Google+ members. 

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Tesseract Mobile's games have been downloaded over 3 million times. I designed them!
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