Hi everyone. I love this chess image from Aall and Create and I decided to use it to make a card for the CAS Watercolour November Challenge, and especially as this is the last one until the new year. I also used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil called Blocks. The challenge this time is monochromatic and white and black stamping/embossing are also allowed.
I started with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and laid it down, spritzed with water and dragged the card through it to fairly well cover it. I then dry embossed the stencil by running it through my die cutting machine. There are lots of tips on line of the best ways to get a good emboss, and I have chosen one from You Tube for you to look at if you wish. It is about 10 minutes long made by MFT which was the most recent one I could find, but you'll get the idea after the first few minutes if you don't want to watch the whole thing, just to say that a lot of the videos suggest using shims, but I found that the result was fine with a rubber/silicone mat. I then placed the stencil over the raised pattern and blended some Blueprint Sketch over the top to pick up the raised pattern. In the photo the dimension doesn't show but I think it just adds to the overall look rather than just putting the ink straight on to the card.
I then inked up the chess stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, my current favourite black ink, and stamped it in my Misti because I knew that I might need to stamp it more than once to get a good impression over the raised pattern. Luckily it worked well.
I finished by cutting this with a square stitched die and added the sentiment also using my black ink, again stamping using the Misti. I then heat embossed with the Clear Gloss EP.
Thank you for coming to look at the blog today and I'll see you again soon.
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*I was so pleased to be picked as one of the Outstanding Designs over at CAS Watercolour.