On the 1st August it was my Step-Dad’s birthday. As kids there were lots of games played in the house, so the Game On stamp set seemed an obvious choice for a birthday card. Game on Francis was created using several different techniques and lots of patience.
The card is 8″ x 8″. Sponge using the mask from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks over the very vanilla layer. It is so simple to do, but adds depth and interest to your matt layers. Make sure to secure your cardstock down to your stamping matt first and then secure the mask over the top. You do not want it sliding about mid sponging. That would really spoil your design.
Cut 1″ squares – 49 in total and put together to form the chequer board. Cut from the two sheets of the varying wood grain papers In Good Taste Designer Series Papers they add depth and texture to the board. The grain in the light paper goes one way and in the dark the other way. (I had glue everywhere when I had finished this bit)
I remember lots of card games as a child, and many dice games. Francis did try and teach me Chess, sadly to no avail. Apparently my brain is not strategic enough ….
Cards were definitely a thing in our house and I can clearly remember my brothers (betting their half penny’s) say “Game on Francis”. They were all really competitive.
Stamping and fussy cutting all these images is fairly straight forward as long as you move your paper and let your scissors do their thing. Stamp your playing cards in two different colours, and a couple of sets of dice. Don’t forget there are always two different colours in the chess pieces as well. The images in these cards really do not need much colouring.
Use Soft Suede ink and a dauber to edge everything creating a worn and played with look. Layer your pieces onto your chequer board in an interesting way. Add dimension to them using Sponge Dimensional Pads. This helps create texture and depth between your images.