Friday, 26 November 2021

Chess with Tangles

Hi everyone.  I am still loving the bit of Zentangle I have been doing and this is another masculine card which I have made using a stamp set from Chocolate Baroque called The Art of Chess.  I also used an Aall and Create stamp No. 115 chess border.

I started by making a background using Brushos and sprinkled some Scarlet Red, Bright Red and Yellow on to my gelli plate, spritzed with water and pulled the print and it covered the piece of white stencil card well.  I cut it down to fit my 6" square card and added the chess border using Versafine Satin Red Ink and then added it to my card.  I managed to find a dimensional chess board and did a tracing of it on to a snippet of white card and filled in the white squares with a few tangles and then blacked the rest of the squares using a Micron Pen.  I then cut this out and added it to the background.  I then stamped some chess pieces on to more snippets of white card using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and fussy cut them out.  I then did a bit of tangling on each  and added them to the chess board on the card using some silicone glue to give them some dimension.  I finished by adding a sentiment again using the Nocturne Ink and heat embossed it using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

For those that saw my last post here and want to know what the mistake was, the embossed background has a row of hearts top and bottom and unfortunately when I stamped the snowflake on it I put it upside down without realising and didn't notice until way after the whole thing was finished.  It's funny how a mistake really stands out when you know it's there, and I hope that those that said they couldn't see it were not just being kind.  I think there was one person that said they thought they knew but didn't want to say. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today and I hope I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge - No. 416 Where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - No. 284 Gingham, Checks or Plaid (I hope my black and white chess board counts as a sort of gingham).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 419 Any Occasion.
Seize the Birthday Challenge - No. 228 Hobbies and Pastimes.


  1. What a fantastic guy card Pat! It's so unique and so clever. You must have patience to do that. Have a lovely day... stay warm!

  2. I love love love this!! My nephews are big chess players!! Where did you find that chess background stamp?? It is now on my wishlist!! Thanks for playing along with our "gingham, checks, or plaids" challenge over at Cardz 4 totally rocked our challenge!!

  3. I love this Pat. I bought the Katzelcraft Chess stamp 'The King's Gambit' and have used it far more than any other new stamp!
    The Brusho background is a wonderful colour, fab make! x

  4. What a wonderful artistic card Pat. I love the chess theme and your zentangeled chess pieces, colours and design are both amazing, Kate x

  5. Amazing card Pat, the Zentangling is wonderful. xx

  6. Your fabulous background really shows up your Zentangle chess pieces...great masculine card Pat


  7. Wow, really gorgeous this card! Love the colours and how you did the background and chess set, great zentangling on that!!
    I took a closer look at the card below after reading your explanation of the mistake... ah... now I see what you mean! It truly is not that visible! :)

  8. Great guy card. Love the background and your Zentangling. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

  9. I absolutely ADORE this card Pat. Brilliant background inking and stamping, and the foreground monochromatic stamping is a fabulous contrast. Add to that the fact that you went ahead and tangled on to the stamps, well, that just makes my heart sing!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  10. Thanks for sharing what the mistake was Pat as I was really intrigued and I genuinely thought it was supposed to be like that and I loved it! Your card is so striking with a fabulous combination of stamping and zentangling Pat. Love the gelli plate background colours, the stamping in the satin red and the dimensional chess board is so very stunning. A real stand out and unique card x.

  11. Love your gelli plate background that really shows off the black and white chess set. What a fabulous card Pat! LOVE your zentangling! xx

  12. Wonderful card. Great background and color contrast. So glad you shared over at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  13. Great card Pat and the dimension is fabulous! Wonderful zentangling as well.


    Di xx

  14. Amazing! I love how you added zentangles onto your card. What a great way to combine zentangles and card making. This birthday card would be so perfect for a chess player. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

    sue n.

  15. This is AMAZING!!! Such a great hobby/pastime choice. Love your zentangles so much. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog!

  16. A fabulous card Pat and I really love the layout and design of it. Your Zentangle works beautifully on the chess board....a super card! x


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