Tic Tac Toe with the Paper Players

It’s Sunday, so I’m featuring a fun card challenge from The Paper Players.  This week Jaydee challenges us with a Tic Tac Toe Challenge. There are nine options, and we get to pick three (across, down or diagonal) to incorporate into our design. Here are the options:

First things first, you can’t go wrong with ANY of these options. I pondered the chart options for more than an hour this week (not all in one sitting, mind you), trying to decide what kind of card I’d make. I decided on the Ribbon/Mother’s Day/Pink & Green combination and came up with this:Wonderful Mother, Floral Frames Framelits

As soon as I decided on this combination, I knew I wanted to use some of my Gumball Green and Primrose Petals Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon.  They look so ‘1980’s preppy” together.  I didn’t know I’d braid the ribbon, and I certainly didn’t know I’d use up this much of my ribbon, but I am really happy with how it turned out. 

Here’s how I did it:  I taped down eight or nine pieces of Gumball Green ribbon (vertically), each piece hugging the next.  I then weaved** the Primrose Petal (horizontally) and taped it all down on the sides.  I then layered on a piece of Whisper White with a 3″ circle cutout, followed by a Primrose Petals panel with a cutout from Floral Frames Framelits.  Please know there’s a lot of tape between the card base and the card front.  🙂  Easy as can be! 

** I struggled with this.  I know that “wove” and “weaved” are both words, but I think I am right to say I weaved the ribbon OR the ribbon wove in and out.  Anyway, I majored in Accounting, so please don’t be hard on me if I am stupidly wrong.  “Weaved” just sounds right.

Stamp set:  Wonderful Mother  Inks:  Gumball Green  Papers: Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Whisper White  Accessories:  3″ Circle Originals, Floral Frames Framelits, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll head over to The Paper Players site to check out the design inspirations from the other Design Team members.  Is this the week you’ll participate in the challenge?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Brian

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Like Stamps on a Chalkboard

You know the old saying – “it’s like nails on a chalkboard”? Well, stamps on a chalkboard are not annoying at all – and stamps on paper that look like a chalkboard are down right adorable!

The Chalkboard Technique has been growing in popularity over the past couple of months. While I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon right away, I have to admit that I really, really like it. It can be used for ANY event and can incorporate almost ANY stamp you have. Today, I’m going to share three chalkboard cards with you – that’s right, three! Each is simple and easy (and they all have similar layouts), but they show how you can get a different look by just switching up the paper.

Almost all of the cards I’ve seen with Chalkboard Technique feature a black chalkboard. When I was growing up, the chalkboards were green. I also remember that some teachers had a brown chalkboard. To pay homage to ALL chalkboards, I made three. Here they are:

On Basic Black:Black Chalkboard - Good Sport, You Rule

On Soft Suede:Brown Chalkboard - Lovely as a Tree, Loving Thoughts

On Always Artichoke:Green Chalkboard - From My Heart

I love them all for very different reasons, and they are really fun to make. Haven’t made one? Here are the steps to making a Chalkboard of your own:

  • Using White Embossing Powder, emboss an image on a piece of card stock. The sketchier (I don’t think that’s a word, but I think you know where I’m going with it), the better, but almost anything works. I used VersaMark to stamp the image, but you could also use the White Craft Ink – you’ll have it out for the next step, anyway.
  • Once the embossing is dry, dab a little White Craft Ink onto a stampin’ sponge and swipe it across the paper front a couple of times. This is your chalk dust (cough, cough, gag), so make sure you don’t apply it too densely.
  • I’ve seen this done on a lot of chalkboard cards, and I like the look of it – instead of constructing a brown frame for the chalkboard, frame the central piece with white lines drawn with a white Watercolor Pencil.

I wanted my chalkboard to be the central focus of each card, so I only added a white border and then mounted each on card stock that’s just a shade lighter than the board. Keep the rest of the card simple so that your artwork can take center stage.

Black Chalkboard Stamp sets: Great Sport, You Rule Papers: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White Accessories: VersaMark, White Embossing Powder Brown Chalkboard Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree, Loving Thoughts Papers: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: VersaMark, White Embossing Powder Green Chalkboard Stamp sets: From the Heart Papers: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: VersaMark, White Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Brian

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