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DIY Gift for Bridge Player - Decorated Card Holder

By: Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason
Chris ThorntonDeason

Chris Thornton-Deeson has always felt her artistic ability was greatly influenced by being raised in Alaska. It was dark when she went to school and dark when she came home. Being one of three children in a very small house, her mother always kept her and her siblings “occupied” at the kitchen table with a variety of art projects—this, her mother claims, saved her sanity.

She also feels that much of her ability is inherited. A display of artwork painted by five generations—with pieces from her grandmother, grandfather, mother, and children—adorns the walls of her living room. 

Chris worked for Delta for 15 years as a Royal ambassador. She has written 42 painting books and numerous articles. 

Decorate a unique gift for the card shark in your life using stencils and Delta Ceramcoat.
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Supplies

Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - Whipped Cream, 8 oz.
Item #04041
Whipped Cream is a warm, creamy beige neutral tone that goes well with other shades. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - Raven, 8 oz.
Item #04042
Dark and intensely pigmented, Raven is a opulent black that dries to a smooth matte. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - London Stone, 8 oz.
Item #04049
Deeply beige with golden undertones, London Stone is an extremely versatile neutral. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Chalk - Regal Red, 8 oz.
Item #04066
Vibrant and rich, Regal Red makes a bold color statement that speaks volumes. Delta Chalk is an opaque paint that requires no priming and offers expert adhesion to both finished and unfinished surfaces. Perfect for projects such as furniture restoration and upcycling, this paint is specially formulated to be easily sanded and distressed. Delta Chalk’s vibrant color palette makes it easy to liven up a wide variety of home decor projects, from cabinets and walls to decorative accessories.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Wax - Clear, 8 oz.
Item #04071
Use Delta Ceramcoat Clear Wax to seal and protect your project surface. Water-based and non-toxic, Clear Wax dries clear to add a soft, protective sheen to your projects. For long lasting shine and protection, apply Clear Wax every 6 to 12 months, or as needed. Clean while wet with soap and water. Keep waxed surfaces free of moisture and heavy use for 7 days. Not for exterior use.

$7.99

Delta Ceramcoat ® Wax - Antique, 8 oz.
Item #04072
Use over Delta Ceramcoat Chalk to give your project an antique look. Waterbase, non-toxic. Can also use on raw wood. Apply with brush or a clean, lint-free cloth. Wipe back with cloth. Antique Wax will remain in the recesses of your piece to create an authentic, antiqued look. Clean while wet with soap and water. Keep waxed surfaces free of moisture and heavy use for 7 days. Not for exterior use.

$7.99

Delta Stencil Mania™ - Alphabet - Basic
Item #970640710
Stenciling embraces much more than walls these days. Add beautiful accents to furniture, fabrics, gift items, paper crafting projects and more! Choose from a wide array of stencils from cute and fun to whimsical or elegant.

$3.29

Delta Stencil Magic ® Liquid Stencil Adhesive
Item #982000109
This adhesive causes stencils to adhere to a surface, yet allows you to reposition your stencil as needed. Product is non-toxic and environmentally safe. 1 oz. bottle with dauber tip.

$3.29

Other Supplies
Box for two decks of cards
Large brush
Palette paper or foam plate
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Soft lint free cloth
Painter’s tape
Cosmetic wedge sponge
Medium grit sandpaper - 100 grit
Small Philips screwdriver
Old toothbrush for splattering

Instructions

Preparation

The beauty of painting with Delta Ceramcoat Chalk is that your surface does not require significant preparation such as sanding, stripping or priming the original finish which makes it the perfect paint to use when up-cycling a thrift store treasure! When up-cycling, wash with a de-greaser using a lint free cloth. Remove hinges and clasp using the small screwdriver.

Painting

  1. Using the large brush, streak the entire box with Whipped Cream and London Stone. Be sure to run the streaks horizontally with the grain of the wood on the box.
  2. Draw a heart and paint it Regal Red.

Stenciling

  1. Place a strip of painters tape 1-1/2" up from the bottom of the box all the way across the lid. This will ensure that your stenciling runs straight.
  2. Place the bottom of the "C" at the top edge of the tape.
  3. Using a wedge sponge holding onto the long thin end, pat the large flat end into Raven. Pat excess off on palette, pat over the open image of the "C" on the stencil, allow to dry and pick up stencil. Applying color t0o heavily will cause bleeding under the edges of the stencil. TIP: When stenciling portions of the design, it is easier to use painters or stencil tape to mask the open areas of the stencil that you don't want to use. Be sure to allow dry time between each letter.
  4. Repeat for each letter spelling "C A R D S."
  5. Remove the tape and apply a piece going down the left hand side ½" from the edge.
  6. Repeat the stenciling process to spell "A C E."

Finishing

  1. Splatter the entire piece with Raven using the old toothbrush.
  2. Apply an even coat of Clear Wax and allow to dry. Buff lightly with a lint-free cloth.
  3. Apply an even coat of Antique Wax. Allow to dry and buff lightly again.
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