Tic Tac Toe

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It is the Our Creative Corner February Challenge! The Design Team have been busy and there are some real treats to look at this month.

imageI  was so excited to have a go at Julia’s Tic Tac Toe, I have to admit I’ve never seen one used before for crafting!

This is what Julia says:

For this challenge please choose one line from the grid shown. This can be a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line but you must select the middle square as one of your choices. What you make is your choice but please ensure that the three items you have chosen are clearly visible on your make.


Please state in your post which line you have chosen. Inks, stains, sprays etc can be used as necessary on your project.


I chose the diagonal line, embossing powder, stamping and ribbon/twine/lace. I wanted to create a different Valentine gift for my husband. I love the effect of shadow boxes and tucking things inside so I worked on that idea.

This is how I made the project:




The fun part started by making the paper for the rose. First I made a muted background with Distress Inks. I used the Distress Damask Stamp with Distress Embossing Ink and clear embossed the image then re-inked over the top. I used the same stamp over the paper with Archival Potting Compost. I also embossed some more with green Distress Powder.


imageI used the paper to die cut  4 of Tim’s Tattered Flowers and then assembled them into a 3D rose.

I added dry embossed, die cut leaves from Cor’dinations Kraft Paper.

The rose was glued onto the frame with Silicone Glue.

I made the Shadow Box from a cheap canvas frame. I love the distressed look of the wood once the staples are removed.

I covered the frame with a good layer of Croco Crackling Colour in silver. You need a generous layer to get big, wide cracks as I have done.

I put green stain over to settle in the cracks. I randomly smeared embossing ink on the edge of the frame and added pink and white embossing powder, it popped and bubbled when I heated it.



The heart was a Paperartsy die, triple embossed with UTEE then

mica flakes, Blush Powder and glitter sprinkled over and reheated.

It made a great texture. I outlined the edge of the heart with the blush powder.

The backing paper for the heart was Tim Holtz Tissue Paper, stamped with the same stamp and Archival Potting Soil.


I wanted a charm to hang from the twine. I love the Faux Glass technique on Tammy Tutterow’s blog. I tried stamping using clear and white shrink plastic, but decided I liked the white best for this project. The hearts were coloured with alcohol inks, you only need a drop to get intense colour! I used the same heart die.

I used the white circle and a clear heart together for the final piece. I tied it onto a hitch fastener with the garden twine.

The frame needed something else….. I found a file index holder in my stash, cut out hearts from the rose paper and filled the appature with glossy accents. The green stain seeped into the glossy accents but I liked that effect! Finally I added some tea dyed lace around the inside of the frame.


I hope you like it.

Please come over to  Our Creative Corner and look at the lovely projects the Design Team have created to inspire you. I am looking forward to see what you create.

Our sponsors this month are Tando with some great prizes, check out their amazing products!

Jan x

Please leave a comment I do appreciate reading them.

18 thoughts on “Tic Tac Toe

  1. I love the hearts Jan and that Croco crackle is totally gorgeous! So many beautiful textures and colours combine to make this a really stunning take on my challenge. I’m pleased that you have discovered the delights of the Tic Tac Toe grid too – you clearly had fun doing so and the results speak for themselves! Thank you so much for making this gorgeous piece of art for my challenge.

  2. This is so gorgeous Jan – totally my kind of creation. Everything about it is wonderful! I adore that crackle, I need some of that!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas and techniques – You have provided everyone with such a mega bundle of inspiration here! Lots of love and hugs from Laura xxx

  3. Fabulous frame Jan! I am loving the amazing crackle you got with that paint and the colours are so vintage and rustic! Love your flower and grungy heart too! hugs 🙂

  4. OMG, Jan!! I LOVE THIS!! OK–does your hubbie read your blog and does he know about this beautiful shadowbox?? 🙂 🙂 I LOVE everything about this…OH MY GOSH–LOVE the embellie you made with the index holder! It’s FAB!! Gorgeous diagonal move with EP-Stamps-Ribbon et.al. What a special Valentine’s gift 🙂

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