who the artist is: Hi, my name is Dee Akers and I am a mixed
media artist. I live in the beautiful hills of WV, have been married for 18
years and have 3 awesome girls. I have been creating as long as I can remember.
My kindergarden teacher sent home a paper that said "Loves to cut and
paste". For the past 17 years I have created in various medium everything
from basket weaving, needle felting, sewing, candle making, and now focusing on
altered art and jewelry design. You name it and I have probably made something
out of it!
what's your story: I make a variety of "altered art" pieces, paper collage, aceo's(art cards editions & originals), wood trinket boxes, faux cakes, and jewelry. I love collecting vintage bits to use in my creations. Anything from old images, keys, ribbon, to antique jewelry. I got started in altered art because I love this art form, there are no rules only imagination and creativity! I am free to create whatever I dream up and I want it to be happy and fun. My art blooms from the love of all things old, rusty, sparkly, and girly. I think we all need a little glitter in our lives!
why this artist stands out: The artist mixes collage, pastel colours with upcycling to create a clever assortment of altered art pieces. Dee’s heart is clearly in her work.
The artist adds:...I want my work to be fun and whimsical. To make the owner smile and dream.
how to make a simplified artist trading card hanging ornament:
1) CUT OUT a 2.5 x 3.5inch base from a piece of cardstock. A piece of chipboard or a standard playing card will also work.
2) GATHER some of your favorite images, papers, embellishments, and a ink stamp pad.
3) ATTACH a piece of scrapbook paper to the card as it's back drop.
4) LAYER on your images, they can be photo's, reproduced images, or you can draw or paint on it as well.
5) ADD EMBELLISHMENTS like jewels, stickers, ribbon, flowers. The possibilities really are endless!
6) RUB around the edges of the card with your stamp pad to give the card a "vintage" look.
7) ATTACH a piece of ribbon or wire to the back to hang. Your card can be as simple or as extravagant as you want it to be. Make sure you sign and date the back of your card!