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For #joinindaily hosted by +Johnny Wills
Today's theme is "The Number Eight"

This is an overlay of an 8 of Diamonds with an 8 from an old, rusty something I saw on my friend's grandfather's farm.
I make card games. I like making art from playing cards. Cards are my thing.
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Talking of card faces...
My company developed a new kind of card face for our app. The design changes to show larger numbers and suits for the card in the front of the stack. I wrote a press release, which you can see here.

The release says the cards had been in work for over a year. I've actually been working on them since 2013. I'd work on some aspect - choosing a font, size, placement of the numbers and suits - then I'd second-guess and put the whole project aside in frustration. In the final months, I did another 4 revisions to the back suite alone. Once I got to see the cards in the app, in all 100+ solitaire games, I would see new issues to fix and problems to solve.

The end result is better than I had hoped. I've played card games my whole life. Now I get to make them. Better.

Here's the link to the Solitaire Free Pack, if you'd like to see the cards in action on your Android device:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tesseractmobile.solitairefreepack
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This was my shot for the "FACE" category of the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Apart from the obvious use of face cards, this image is all about the faces. In the cards, the queen seems to look toward the king and he looks away. In the reflection, he looks in her direction as she looks away.

The cards are gold metallic on a white board, illuminated with colored lights. I taped the cards to the flexible board with loops of tape, which allowed me to shift and warp the whole scene until I got the reflections and hues just right. I do a lot with playing cards in my photography because I make solitaire games professionally, so cards are sort of my thing. It's always fun to find a new way to capture something so timeless.
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Day 23/30 Playing Card Art Challenge "Triangular Prism"

It has 3 sides and it’s made out of 3s. They all seem to point, leading the eye forward. These are replicas of 18th century playing cards that I got in the gift shop across the street from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, probably in 2010.

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge-2/
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Day 22/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

Today’s piece was made with caviar beads and glue. The purple beads are metallic while the pink are translucent pearl, which is why they pick up the light so beautifully. I originally intended the hearts would each rain down vertically and meet in the middle, but then I imagined the rain from the hearts was caught in a breeze, like when you blow on a dandelion fluff. So the design morphed into a vortex pattern… which sounds pretty impressive, for an arts and crafts project ;)

See more at: http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge-2/
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Day 21/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

I'd had this idea for a while, but I didn't have the leaves. This has been a ridiculously late autumn, but I finally got some nice leaves to work with today after a rainstorm.

I gathered them this afternoon and pressed them until I was ready to take the photo. Each leaf was carefully placed. It’s hard to tell if the leaf in the center of the card is a leaf or a hole in the card.

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge-2/

#CardArtChallenge
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Day 20/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

"King Poseidon"

I thought this art paper had a nice color harmony with the colors of the King of Spades. It had an oceanic look, and I thought about adding other ocean elements, like tiny shells. In the end, I went in this direction. I added color accents with acrylic paint and incorporated this polka dot paper for an upside-down K and funky organic spade. Both were hand cut and carefully formed to work in with the curves of the card design and paper pattern.

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge-2/

#CardArtChallenge
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Day 19/30 Playing Card Art Challenge

The gray-looking dots are actually made of fine brassy mesh screens. Each is held to the card with its own color of metallic thread.

The metallic threads were woven through the circular screens, then placed across the card, carefully slicing and subdividing each of the nine clubs in the process.

The lines of the mesh are an interesting counterpart to the lines of the thread, and the varied metallic finishes have an interesting contrast. #CardArtChallenge

See more at:
http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge-2/
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Day 19 work in progress...
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These are the macro photos of the steampunk gears card from day 18.

In a former life, these tiny things worked together to track the passage of time.

http://www.tesseractmobile.com/playing-card-art-challenge-2/
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