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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


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.


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


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.


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

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Thanks for dropping by! ~Varada

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