Stamping Smiles Design Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #17

Hello and welcome. It’s time for the next tic-tac-toe challenge by Stamping Smiles Design. Here’s the grid:


Challenge 17 Updated

I picked the right most row as it inspired me to start creating my thanks-giving cards :-)

I used the Sketched Ranunculus stamp set by Simon Says Stamp with beautiful fall colors to make two thank-you cards. I also got to use some of my recent crafty haul from SSS.

First card


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I stamped the two flowers from the stamp set on a piece of white card stock, using crushed berries distress ink. I stamped again using Versa Mark ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. Then I went over these with orange zig real brush marker. I also added some red color on some sides to add some depths.

I did the same with another berry twig stamp, but used chipped sapphire distress ink and blue color from zig real brush markers.

On a textured white card I used my MISTI to arrange all the little leaves and berries stamps around my flowers. I stamped these using black archival ink and colored using zig markers. I also cheated just a little bit and stamped some pine cones using brown ink from Hero Arts. I stamped and heat embossed by sentiment using antique gold powder from Martha Stewart.

On one side, I used the wavy scallop border die by SSS to give it a nice curved edge. On the inside of the card, I also added some brown patterned paper to bring in more of the fall theme into my design.

Once this was done, I adhered my flowers and berry twig using some foam squares / scor tape and added sequins using glossy accents. The sketched ranunculus stamp set comes with some tiny round images which are perfect as fillers. I used them around the stamped cluster with some Hero Arts brown and Tsukinako galaxy gold ink.


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At this point, my card was pretty much done, but I ran into one problem. Because of the curved edge, I could not stand it upright to take pictures. Oopsie. I did something fun and creative for this problem. I die cut the same wavy border using some white cardstock and used the green marker to make it match rest of the design. Underneath this border, I sandwiched a piece of clear acetate sheet and extended the front of the card to be as big as the back.

Second card


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I did almost the same steps for this second card with a few exceptions. Instead coloring the flowers, I did some ink blending on the flowers with some red ink from Studio G. Instead of giving it a curved edge, I used the swirly background die to cover the overall front of the card. That is when I discovered that the die not only adds swirlies, but also cuts out the rectangle. Another oopsie :-) But never mind, this one was easy to fix. I simply adjusted the width on one side and mounted the card front on a black card base. Finally, I brushed some stickles on top of the flowers.


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That’s what I have for you today. Hope you liked my cards and are inspired to create something like this.

Supplies List

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Simon Says Clear Stamps SKETCH RANUNCULUS SSS101626 My Favorite



Simon Says Clear Stamps LOTS OF THANKS Handwritten Sentiments SSS09124



Hero Arts DYE Ink Pad ARTPRINT BROWN AF120



Hero Arts DYE Ink Pad ARTPRINT BROWN AF120



Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468



Zig CLEAN COLOR 6 SET Real Brush



Zig CLEAN COLOR 12 set Real Brush



(Amazon) Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop Inkpad, Galaxy Gold



Simon Says Stamp WAVY SCALLOP STITCHES Wafer Dies s290 Splash of Color



Simon Says Stamp STITCHED WHIRL BACKGROUND Wafer Die S308 DieCember



Multicraft Imports 7mm Cup Sequins – Citrus