Monday, 12 March 2012

Design Team Project #1 featuring Chocolate Baroque Stamps and 7 Dots Studio Wonderland Collection (by Lesley)

Hello Everyone,  

Wow, where has the last month gone?  It doesn't seem that long since my week to post in February.  This month our DT pack consisted of some great stamps from Chocolate Baroque (I am a proud former member of the Chocolate Baroque DT and have worked with this lovely set of stamps before) following a chess theme and a fabulous set of papers, stickers and die cuts from 7 Dots Studio called the Wonderland Collection.

For my first project this month I decided to decorate a wooden icon the bosses included in our DT pack a couple of months ago, partly because  I've been itching to decorate it and partly because I think the shape compliments one of the images in the stamp set.  I stuck to monochrome colours of black(and gray) and white in keeping with most chess sets, although I was tempted and almost added a touch of colour, lol!

I gave the icon a coat of Gesso followed by a coat of white acrylic paint and then stamped the Stampendous Crumpled Edge on the background of the centre piece and on all the edges. I then stamped the Castle piece across the top of the arch and then ran a piece of black metal sheet through the TH Alterations Checkerboard Embossing Folder, sanded it and adhered it to the centre panel.  I followed this with the main image stamped onto white card.  

I stamped a large King and Queen into white air drying clay and left them to dry overnight before cutting them out then stamped the same images onto black Clearly for Art (using White Versamagic ink).  I heat dried the ink first then cut out the images, reheated and shaped the chess pieces round a bottle.  I stamped the fancy Knight down the left side and the fancy Bishop down the other and also onto post it notes which I cut out to create masks before using some plasterer's scrim to dab black ink through together with ink on the edge of a credit card to create texture on the side pieces.
On the back of the icon I distressed the edges a little with black ink and then cut out the full set of  Tim Holtz Alterations die - Royal Crest, from the 'Alice' 7 Dots Studio Paper.  I distressed these pieces with black ink also and then stamped the Knight and Bishop on the shield and the quote, which I curved on my acrylic block to fit, onto the banner.  I stamped the side panels with the plain images of the Knight and Bishop  and enhanced these with  black and gray pencils.

I then curved the shield and the banner slightly before adhering them with silicone glue to the centre panel.

and finally, I adhered the Clearly for Art and  Air Dry Clay pieces to the inside panels.

All the stamping in black was done using a black Archival inkpad.

Well, that's it from me for today.  I hope you get time to visit again later in the week when I hope to have another project for you showcasing the lovely 7 Dots Studio papers a little more.

Lesley Xx


Paula Whittaker said...

A very eye catching project in the monochromatic colours.Fab!

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Lesley this is a totally brilliant piece, so many clever touches and additions!!! The black and white monochromatic colour way really fits the theme, the addition of the clearly for art and air dried clay gives so much dimension. I love the back almost as much as the front. FABULOUS project all round, just stunning. (Can you tell I like it lol?)Hope you feel better!

Paula (PEP) said...

Amazing detail & the way the ckeckerboard details fit together is terrific - that scrim is a wonder & I absolutely love the way the Rooks give a castellated finish to that arch which, as you say, echoes the shaped top of the stamped image perfectly. My jaw is gradually rising from the floor where it landed upon seeing this.
Paula (PEP)

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is gorgeous Lesley, almost 2 projects in one as the front is so different than the inside. I bought these stamps when they were launched, but have not used them yet, think I'll get them out today.

Sue x

snazzyoriginal said...

Wonderful project Lesley, so much detail to drool over with your inspired use of the Air Dry Clay and Clearly for Art.xx

Netty said...

Fabulous, x

Aquarius said...

Wow this is amazing (now I really do need those chess stamps) and they go well with the wonderland theme too. So looking forward to seeing your next project.

Minxy said...

Oh My, this is amazing Lesley, a real feast for the eyes x

Gillian .... said...

A truly inspired project Lesley from the monochromatic look to the checkerboard details. x

Glenda said...

Beautiful project Lesley. Love the striking monochrome palette and the wealth of detail really makes it one of those where you'll see something new each time you look. Fab.

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Leslie. These stamps really are just what I need. There is such a lot of detail in your project

Elaine said...

Lesley, this is a smashing project. Very striking in the monochrome and all the detail with the different media works wonderfully. Inspired work, especially when you have been dealing with rather a lot lately! Elaine xx

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous project! Love the monochromatic color scheme!