Making a SoulCollage® Card in 5 Easy Steps
Gather your supplies. Make a working frame by cutting a 5 x 8 inch center out of a piece of cardstock or paper.
Choose at least two images that attract you and seem to belong together. Limit each card to a few images that represent the same mood or energy.
I usually clip loosely around each image to eliminate background “noise,” including words. This increases an image’s visual power.
Later, cut carefully around the edges of final images, using smaller, sharp scissors for areas of detail.
Use the frame to compose your card, moving images around beneath the frame to see what fits and what part you want to cut out and use.
Collage the whole card, using a background image if needed.
Experiment with portrait and landscape layouts.
Mark borders for cutting.
Cut the edges, then piece together your SoulCollage®.
Use an archival quality glue stick on the entire back of each image. I use a newsprint magazine or phone book, turning to a fresh page after gluing an image.
Smooth away wrinkles.
Give thought to any layering. Measure and mark where to glue down the pieces that will be partially covered by another image.
Gently brush away glue rubbings.
If piecing together the illusion of a background, as I did with the afghan, measure and mark where to glue filler pieces.
Glue the remaining images.
Carefully glue on a backing, once you know the card’s suit. This wrapping paper signifies my Council cards.
Discard the pages with glue.
I store my supplies and “altar” setting (i.e., candle, incense) in a small file box.
Name your card, and do the “I Am One Who…” exercise.
"An essential part of the SoulCollage® process is the joy of tapping into one’s intuition to answer current life questions. The visual images that have mysteriously found us, the ones we have glued onto cards and named as our guides, allies, and challengers, will now help us access deep knowings in ourselves. People who [later] consult their cards in personal readings, using the signature “I Am One Who…” SoulCollage® exercise, are often surprised at the synchronicity of the cards they draw, and by the wisdom of their answers." ~Seena Frost
Date: January 29, 2009
Card Name: My Inner Artist by Sue Gelber
I Am One Who embodies the elemental innocence of my youth, the transformational growth of middle age, the dignity, compassion, and acceptance of my crone years, and the wisdom of myself to come.
© 2010 Sue Volpi Gelber
Thank you to Sue Gelber for sharing her excellent visual tutorial for creating a SoulCollage® card, a great way to see how easy it is to get started making your own deck of cards. Although every SoulCollager finds his or her own way of making cards, Sue Gelber's tutorial illustrates the common card making process.
Sue Gelber is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and mentor, trained by Seena Frost in June 2004. Sue facilitates beginning and advanced SoulCollagers through a free, very popular, healthy living, weight loss, and fitness online community called SparkPeople. You can learn more about Sue at http://soulcollage.com/sue-gelber