Today’s card is my first play with the Game On Stamp Set. Unfortunately, there isn’t a matching set of dies to go with it. While I was happy fussy cutting the chess figures I do understand why a lot of crafters don’t like it. I wanted to create a chessboard background but I didn’t want to use black and white. After looking at the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP) I was off on a roll!
I calculated my squares needed to be three-quarters of an inch and therefore, I needed a top layer which measured 3 3/4″ and the height to be 5 1/4″ which is 1/8″ shorter than my regular height. This layer would give me 5 squares x 7 squares. For US sized cards, using three-quarter inch squares will work out to be 3 3/4″ which is 1/8″ short of the regular width. For the height of your card it works out to 4 1/2″. This means you need to cut 1/8″ off the width and 5/8″ off the height of your card – your squares would be 5 squares x 6 squares. Personally, if I was using US-sized cardstock, I would make my regular top layer the same size as the UK size, i.e. add on 1/8″ to the height and adjust the middle layer (and card base, if necessary) accordingly.
Rather than having to adhere thirty five squares in position, I cut a top layer of the dark brown design from the chosen DSP pack and adhered it to a piece of cardstock (any colour will do because it won’t be seen). Next I cut eighteen three-quarter inch squares of the light wood design from the DSP pack. To make sure my squares were aligned correctly, I laid five squares side by side across the top, and adhered the first, third and fifth squares in place while making sure the second and fourth squares didn’t move. This made sure the top line was straight and evenly placed. I left all five squares in place along the top row while I adhered the seventh and ninth squares in place on the second row. I moved the second and fourth square so I could double-check I was still correct.
Using Early Espresso Ink, I stamped one image of the chess pieces on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS) and another image on Soft Suede CS. As usual, I used my Stamparatus to do the stamping which enabled me to stamp on the Soft Suede CS several times to get a good result. Next, I fussy cut both images. The sentiment HOPE YOUR DAY IS ALL FUN AND GAMES is from the Game On Stamp Set. I stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla CS using Early Espresso Ink. The it was die-cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, no. 1 slim die and then adhered to a scrap of Soft Suede CS which measures 5/8″ x 2 5/8″.
I used Dimensionals to adhere both of the images and the sentiment to the chessboard. Next, I adhered the chessboard to a middle layer of Very Vanilla CS and then on to an Early Espresso CS card base. To finish the front of the card I adhered four corners from the Antiqued Corners & Slides elements. Inside the card I cut a top layer in the light design from the DSP pack that I used for the chessboard. I stamped the chequered design stamp in a random design at the bottom.
Finally I adhered the DSP layer to the middle layer of Very Vanilla and then to the inside of the card base. I’m very pleased how this card turned out. That’s it from me today. I’ll be back with you tomorrow with my Sunday video. I also hope to have a card to share with you on Monday, if not, I’ll be back with you on Tuesday. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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