Three Creative Ways to Use Checkerboard Patterns On Your Cards

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi, friends!

Svitlana is here. Today is my turn to feature a product from the recent release, and I will be featuring the new Checkerboard Stamp Set. This set includes a basic checkerboard background. I'm a big fun of backgrounds and am always looking for ideas to use them differently. I'm sharing three cards using this one.

If a background has solid areas, you can stamp it over another background.

For example, in this card, I took a watercolor panel from my stash of ready backgrounds (aka something that was created for a card but never made the cut) with a yellow watercolor wash and stamped the Checkerboard onto it using the Espresso Crisp Dye Ink.

I had to stamp 2-3 times to get a more intense and opaque impression. This way, only those areas not covered with stamping are visible and the result has some character.

Next, I foam mounted the panel onto a white card base.

Then, I die cut letters for the sentiment out of a white cardstock using the Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set and popped it up onto the card placing some gold metallic thread underneath.

To finish off the card, I added several Antique Gold Sequins.

My next two cards I made were inspired by MacKenzie-Child's Courtly Check designs. I love the combination of black and white checkered design with colorful elements.

First, I stamped the background in Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink onto a white panel and foam mounted it onto a white card base.

Then, I stamped and die cut sunflowers and leaves using the Sunflower Daisy Stamp and Die Sets. After that, I adhered them onto the card forming a floral cluster.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the Checkerboard Stamp Set onto a white strip and popped it up onto the card.

My next card was also inspired by the same pattern. However, this time, I wanted to make checkerboard flowers. I will be honest – I wanted to make Courtly Check flowers since I found the MacKenzie-Childs store in NYC by accident many years ago. I was just waited for the right supplies to do this.

So, I stamped a couple of checkerboard background pieces in black onto a white cardstock and then white embossed flowers and leaves from the Build-A-Flower: Anemone onto it. Then, I fussy cut all elements with my scissors. I did so as I didn't want to have a border around embossed outlines which the die would create.

Next, I die cut the Fine Bouquet Die out of a black cardstock and cut out several flourish pieces from it.

After that, I made a white card base and added some black splatters onto it. Then, I adhered all my elements onto the card forming a floral cluster. I adhered the leaves and black flourishes flat using a liquid adhesive. For the flowers, I popped them up using thin and regular adhesive foam squares.

Lastly, I popped up a sentiment stamped in black onto a white strip onto the card.

So, here you have three ideas of how this stamp set can be used. Hope you like them and will give them a try.

Have a wonderful day!


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Helen Budz July 14, 2020 - 11:10

Thanks for sharing these three ways to use the checkerboard design. All three produce great results. Stay well!

Karen Hale July 14, 2020 - 11:19

Beautiful cards! Black/white combinations always catch my eye. Love the bright yellow sunflowers against the black/white checkerboard background. Thanks for sharing these designs.

Peg Frushour July 14, 2020 - 15:21

Love the way you used the checkerboard design!

Judi Dempton July 14, 2020 - 16:15

Very unusual. I do like the one with the flowers the best

Annette Gordon July 14, 2020 - 21:18

These cards are so modern and eye catching! It creates a stunning background, but I especially liked your use of them on flowers. Such a cool look! And so many great ideas on how to use this stamp set!


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