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Friday, 2 September 2011

Ebony and Ivory? (posted by Lesley E)

Hello Everyone,

When Glenda first sent us these lovely chess stamps I immediately thought of cards for men but once I got to work with them I thought they would also make lovely feminine cards too especially with the scenic image which is rather romantic.  I don't play chess myself but when I see chess sets I always think of Steve McQueen and Faye Dunnaway in The Thomas Crowne Affair, lol!

Anyway, here is my first project using this lovely set of stamps.

I started with an ivory 8" x 8" base card and punched a border across the top and bottom front edges.  I punched the same border along the edges of a piece of black perlescent card and trimmed them off the main piece adhering them behind the borders on the front of the card.  The piece of black card which was left I embossed down the right half using the Tim Holtz Texture Fades Checkerboard embossing folder  and then sanded off the black surface before adhering to my card front.

I stamped the main image onto ivory card using black Versafine ink, trimmed to the size I wanted and then added touches of colour with Coloursoft pencils.  I masked the image and dusted Stormy Sky Distress Ink round the top half of  the border and Bundled Sage round the bottom border and I then matted it first onto black perlescent card and then ivory card before mounting onto the card front.  Finally, I stamped the King onto white card with black ink and the Queen in white onto black card before cutting them out and positioning them together with the stamped sentiment onto the right side of the card.

I think the chess pieces on this stamp set are excellent for making tags or ATCs too and they also combine well with several other sets.  Keep an eye on my own blog for a card I made recently combining them with the lovely music set and I know there are more projects coming up from my Design Team buddies so lots of inspiration to come.

Lesley  Xx


  1. Oh I really NEED this stamp set and I love what you've done with them on this card. I might just NEED that embossing folder as well as it is just right.

  2. I wasn't sure whether I liked this set of stamps, but now I am seeing what you all have done with them, well .... !!
    A Great card.
    Hugs Kate x

  3. Very elegant Lesley love it. Suexxx

  4. lovely card Lesley - like Kate, am still unsure about this set, will have to decide over the weekend!

  5. A fabulous card, the embossing folder matches perfectly.
    Julie W x

  6. A lovely card Lesley. As you say Mens cards immediately spring to mind, worth getting for that reason alone. The embossing folder looks good, not one that I probably would have thought of buying, but seeing it on this card I think it will have to go onto my wish list.

    Sue x

  7. This is a great card and like some of the others after seeing what you are doing with it I'm beginning to think I will have to buy it as well as the music set

    Jackie x

  8. Stunning card, I too am tempted by that embossing folder having seen the gorgeous background you've created with it. It sets off the stamped images perfectly. I love the touch of colour you've added to the focal image
    Claire xx

  9. I love the softness of your shading on that focal chess image - so soft & just right. I don't have any texture fades but seeing this will have to rememdy my lack of die-cutting machine & TH items at the Cardiff Show.
    Just delightful & I'm itching to use my set by the time imp is being naughty pinching days from under my nose.
    Paula (PEP)


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