Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Your My Checkmate

       Today the Design Team were to make a Valentines' Day card or use Distress Inks on their card.
         I chose to make both a "Love" card and use distress inks for a truly masculine card. After you see the details, be sure to check back at My Cricut Craft Room and see what the other members have to show you.
     I started with an easel card out of card stock. Since the card is 4.25" I used my Imagine to choose a square from the Imagine More shapes @ 4" and cut my first mat from charcoal card stock. I cut my background paper @ 3.75". I used the Vintage Papers pattern cart to have the background paper of chess pieces. Next I used Tim Holtz' paper distresser to rough up the edges and then inked with Pumice Stone ink.
     Now the fun begins! Using recollections colored core paper pad I cut the horse head @ 1.5". This image can be found in the Ornamental Iron cart under Font 1, it's on page 66. I also used the shadow feature. I flipped the shadow cut since it was a double sided card stock and the colors matched perfectly.
     The pawn can be either the one on page 64 or 65. It is a finial! I then used a cuttlebug folder. You can use any one that will give you a pounded metal look. After dry embossing the pieces I sanded them lightly with a sanding block and then inked with Antique Linen for an antiqued look.
     You can see how the inks really give a distressed look especially if you do some embossing.
     The tag was also cut from the Imagine More and layered. I pulled out some Just Rite stamps and made my own sentiment "You are my checkmate". I also had some rub ons and added the sentiment from Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A few gems for the corners and I am done. This card is perfect for Valentines' Day, Anniversary, Birthday etc. I think this is a keeper. Do you give your special guy cards? I'd love to know!


Doris P. said...

what an awesome card!! love the sentiment!! new follower too! - dt sis Doris

Laurie said...

I really like the colors on this card, very nice!

Sheila said...

Great card!! Very creative.


TeresaK said...

Very nice Mary! Thank you for sharing!

Connie said...

This card is awesome! TFS!

Josie0602 said...

Fabulous card for a guy! I love the colors and the design!

Liz said...

beautiful card, love all the detail you put into these

Gloria said...

This is wonderful!! love everything about it!
gloria c

Kathy Salido said...

This is fabulous!! I would love to make one like this for my husband, but don't have an Imagine :(. So glad you posted the link on Facebook!!
DT sister,

Homespun Elegance said...

Mary I LOVE this card! It actually reminds me of my Daddy!! He passed away a few years ago, but we used to LOVE to play Chess :) TFS


Jess @ www.homespunelegance.blogspot.com

Marji said...

So cool!! Such a great idea