A Little Tic Tac Toe with The Paper Players

Yippee Doodle Dee!  It’s Monday!  I love Mondays because I get to return to work – no more lounging around all day, taking naps and making cards in the Fungeon.  Returning to work takes me away from the monotony of the long, restful weekend.  I also love Mondays because I get to share my card for the week’s challenge from The Paper Players.  This week’s challenge?  A Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  Here’s my card:  Birthday Cake, Banner Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP165

and here’s Ann Schach’s Tic Tac Toe board:I played the 3 horizontal squares along the bottom of the chart – Birthday, Pearls and Banners.  I also added Patterned Paper and Embossing, but I don’t get extra credit for those (if I read the rule book correctly).

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Choices.  I love how the Melon Mambo (embossing powder, card stock, DSP and ink) pop against the Whisper White card stock.  Bright colors can be overwhelming, though, so I balanced the pink elements a bit by pairing them with Basic Gray.  Not too worry, though – the Basic Gray still doesn’t detract from the sizzle of the pink and certainly doesn’t make the card a masculine one.
  • Mixing patterns.  Beware of mixing patterns on a large scale.  Mixed patterns on large pieces can really send your eyeballs on a long vacation – stripes, chevrons, plaids.  Because my banners are small and thin, I decided to risk it by mixing the gingham with the polka dots. 
  • What a pearl!  I embossed the cake with Melon Mambo Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The chevron cake design is lined with polka dots that are perfect to further adorn with tiny pearls or rhinestones.   Birthday Cake, Banner Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP165

Stamp sets:  Birthday Cake, Banner Greetings  Inks:  Melon Mambo  Papers:  Basic Gray, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack  Accessories:  Melon Mambo Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Cracked Glass on an Antique Ornament

In my first stamping life (years and years ago), one of my favorite stamping techniques (and also one of the most labor-intensive) was called Cracked Glass.  I made necklace charms, refrigerator magnets and special card fronts using this technique.  I forgot all about it until I came across one of Mary Fish’s video tutorials from 2008.  My mind started racing about how I could revive this really cool technique – I knew right away I wanted to use my Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.  Here’s my card:Ornament Keepsakes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Cracked Glass – a Quick and Easy Tutorial

Here’s how I created this antique look of cracked glass:

  • I stamped the ornament with Cherry Cobbler ink on Very Vanilla card stock.
  • I cropped the ornament with Ovals Collection Framelits.
  • I used a sponge to brush the edges of the oval with Early Espresso ink.
  • I embossed the entire front of the oval with clear embossing powder. (tip below)
  • I embossed the entire front of the oval with clear embossing powder.  Did I mention that already?  Good – because I repeated that step 5 more times after this one.
  • Once the entire image was embossed 6 or 7 times, I put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  • While the freezer was open, I grabbed a Klondike bar.  What would you do for a Klondike bar?
  • When I pulled the image out of the freezer, I bent it a couple of times in different places.  It created cracks along the front of the image.
  • To accentuate the cracks, I brushed the image with Early Espresso ink and wiped it off with a Stampin’ Up! paper towel. 

Here’s a close-up of the Cracked Glass final image:Cracked Glass Technique, Ornament Keepsakes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tip for Embossing a Large Surface:  On the back side of the image, I created a little loop of temporary tape (I use Post It tape).  Part of the tape is stuck to the back, while the other is folded over to create a little handle so I can hold the image while it’s embossed.

Stamp sets:  Ornament Keepsakes  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso  Papers:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Natural Compositions Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Wait!  What?  Did you not realize this stamp is still available?  It’s one of the carryover sets from last year’s Holiday Catalog.  To see a collection of the sets still available, CLICK HERE.