In this tutorial you will get a good idea of how to become your own personal favorite playing card for Halloween, conventions or however the inspiration strikes. For the purposes of visual demonstration I chose to use La Loteria as my reference, however the real fun in all this is for you to choose your own! I have also provided a list of alternate ideas on the last page.
This is my recreation of "La Dama" from La Loteria, otherwise known as the third card in Mexican Bingo!
What you will need for the card (you can find everything at Hobby Lobby):
Sturdy cardboard, approx. 3'x4'
A sheet of sturdy, white paper (approx. the same size as cardboard)
Turquoise spray-paint OR tissue paper
Bright pink spray paint OR tissue paper OR a highlighter
Yellow spray paint OR tissue paper OR a highlighter
Black permanent marker
Optional (only if you are using tissue paper):
Paste type glue
For the costume:
Vintage, green blazer
Green, pencil skirt (below the knees)
Red shirt or blouse
Close-toed shoes (flats or low-heels)
Red beret-style hat
A bunch of flowers (real or fake)
Small hoop earrings
Pins (clothes AND hair)
This is a very cheap and quick costume to pull-together! If you buy everything then I would estimate that you would not spend more than 15 dollars on the card itself. I shopped at Goodwill for the clothes and had many of the card-making materials at home already. All-together I spent around 20 dollars and the entire look took me less than an hour to build.
Step 1: Buy Your Materials
The first thing that you need to do is to buy your costume clothes and materials. Here I have attached a few photos to use as a reference when you are at the store or looking through your closet, as the case may be.
After you have that together be sure to pick-up the items that you will need to build the card - I used KRYLON Indoor/Outdoor spraypaint in Blue Ocean Breeze which worked well, and because I could not find a good match for the pink I substituted tissue paper.
Step 2: Construct the Card
Find a good roomy spot to set up all of you material. If you are using spray paint, it is important that you find somewhere outdoors to paint!
Take the thick, white paper and spray with the blue paint, starting at the top and moving slowly towards the bottom. Make sure that you leave a blank space from corner to corner in the shape of a rainbow at the bottom of the card. Go over the blue several times. Note that this should not be even, but have a semi-light, blotchy look to it.
Now spray in the empty bottom space with the pink spray paint, lightly.
After everything has dried, take out your yellow spray paint and go over the bottom third of the blue section ONLY, creating a yellow highlight.
After this has dried, tape or glue the white sheet to your cardboard, ensuring that it is very securely stuck in place.
Slice two holes that are your own armpit's length apart (you can measure them if need be) through the back of the card. Cut two pieces of elastic band, and push both ends of each through one of the holes, creating a loop at the front that you will be able to fit your arms through easily. Secure the back by tying the elastic in several joint-knots, until it is too large to slip back through the hole when worn.
Now take the black marker and trace the edge of the white paper, creating an even line. Draw or stencil a "3" in the top, left corner of the paper, going over it until it is neat and well-defined. With the marker, lightly draw "TM" (aka Trademark) in the top right corner using thin, clean lines.
Your finished bored should look similar to the actual playing card (minus the lady, of course).
*If you choose to use tissue paper (as opposed to spray paint) then simply lay it on the white paper in place, and brush a mixture of paste and water onto it. Let it dry to the paper, and then continue on with the rest of the construction.
Step 3: Rock It!
For my make-up, I kept is simple and used light foundation (I am a shiny playing card, after all), a decent amount of blush, bright red lipstick and a very light, classy smoky eye.
Put on your costume and double-check that you hat and white ribbon (looped around your neck, under your jacket) are pinned in place, slip your arms through the loops of the card, make sure that you are holding your red clutch in one hand and your flower bunch in the other, and go fiesta!
Here are some alternative ideas for playing card games that you could recreate:
The King or Queen of Hearts (or any other like card)
Magic Card Game
Candyland character card (ex: Jolly, Queen Frostine)