Cheerful Dragonfly card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge No. 7

Hello crafty friends,

It's that time again!  We have such a fun board this week to play with.  I wanted to challenge myself to use all 9 elements and managed to do so without creating an incredibly bulky or overdone card.  Please visit the challenge blog here to see the inspiration from the design team.

The hardest part of this project was figuring out how to incorporate acetate into the design.  I tried several different ideas before going with this particular one.  At first I thought it would be an acetate window card, then I remembered my dragonfly die and had that "aha" moment.

There is a special paper I used from Tessler for the dragonfly which is not listed in my products list below but the link is above should you want to check it out.  It is a beautiful paper that comes from Europe and is something I pull out for the most special cards I make because it's fairly expensive.  There are, of course, lots of alternatives that could be used instead and s
till get a lovely effect. Gold is the color I used for this project.

Speaking of links - I use some affiliate links with many of the products I used and may make a small commission on them at no cost to you should you decide to buy using one of them.  That said, the items I used for this project were personally purchased and I was not asked to demonstrate or recommend them.  I only use and share products that I really like and use myself.

The card base is made from 110# Neenah solar white cardstock on which I added the following layers:

light yellow cardstock, embossed with the Darice large petals embossing folder, cut to 4" x 5 1/4".  I used the side where the image is actually the "debossed" side where the impression is indented in appearance.

The white layer of cardstock was also embossed with the same embossing folder, except that before impressing it through my Big Shot, I swiped the raised surface of the folder so that it would ink the image in yellow.  I used Distress Ink (the center element) to add this color.  I then die cut this panel using the 3 1/8" x 4 1/4" rectangle stitched die from My Favorite Things.

The next part is the dragonfly, which I die cut from the Tessler pearl paper once as a full piece, then I cut it from a  piece of acetate, then again with a small strip of the Tessler pearl paper to get just the center "body" of the dragonfly without the wings.

To get the pattern on the acetate "wings" of the dragonfly I stamped the "all cracked up" stamp on the acetate die cut with black Staz On ink, which is the perfect ink for a non porous surface like acetate.

Dragonfly "sandwich"

To create the dragonfly I die cut 3 different layers.  The bottom layer is the pearl paper, followed by the acetate layer, then the "body" (wings cut off) on top of the acetate.  I glued each layer together with Tombow Mono liquid glue.

The washi tape is not super obvious, but it is really there.  I happened to have a floral yellow roll (and not sure where I bought it from).  I put two strips of it vertically and horizontally on the left hand side of the yellow cardstock layer to form a little bit of a frame before adding the white die cut layer on top.

The sentiment was made from a Winnie & Walter set.  The word "smiles" was made from the die while the rest of the sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder before sponging the same Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade color over the top to make the background yellow.  I glued the die cut word using the Zig two way glue pen as I find it easy to use with small die cuts like these.

The embellishments I added are yellow enamel dots over the center of 3 flowers on the white embossed die cut layer.  I did not include a link to these since I actually made these myself from a batch of self made "enamel dots" using pearler beads.  I found the technique through various You Tube videos and find it very cost effective to make my own beads in a wide variety of colors.

The dragonfly was added after using pop dots to give it more dimension once added to the bottom left corner.

Thanks again for stopping by today and checking out this week's inspiration - hope that you will play with us at the challenge!!



  1. Yellow on yellow is unusual and it looks fantastic! Clever use of acetate too.

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Marina - I appreciate you leaving me a comment very much and hope you play along with our challenge.

  2. Gorgeous card!! Love all the lemony layers and texture! You post is pretty sweet too with all the links to products.


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