Tic Tac Toe Challenge #11

Hello crafty friends,

So glad you dropped by today to see the latest and greatest for our current challenge!  Lots of fun options (as usual) to play with.  I chose the top row diagonal of burlap - thank you - splatter to create not just one but two cards.  I did this technique for the background on white, kraft and black 80 lb cardstock.  For a thank you card I thought white and kraft were the best choices and saved the black panel for another project.   I figured my readers might like seeing the two different color schemes too.  :)

Here is this week's challenge board - to see all the other DT inspiration click here

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I don't know about other crafters, but I can be rather messy in the craft room - so I welcomed the excuse to use the splatter part with great abandon lol.  I used a shallow box to splatter the colors on so I didn't have it all over my workspace at least.

The method to my madness here was to put some ink directly onto an acrylic block - just one color at a time (using Distress Oxide inks of course), spritzing with water, then flicking the color off the block onto the paper with a small paintbrush.  I tried this because it gave me  greater control over where and how much color was applied.  This is the type of technique where perfection is not the goal but the result is still fantastic in that messy kind of way.  Whatever works for you, whether it's flicking off the end of a brush or using a toothbrush, etc are other options.

I used a heat tool to speed the drying process along.  Once dry I used the largest rectangle die in my set (approx 3.25" x 4.5") to cut a smaller panel out of the splattered piece, then used a circle die to add a partial circle cut out to the right edge.  I popped this panel up on a card base in the same color as the original paper before splattering it with color.  To add the burlap element I die cut a circle out of colored burlap in the next smallest die size so that there would be some space between the splattered panel and the burlap circle.  I did not photograph the process at the time so I decided to add a photo to show how I planned the die cuts.

The sentiment was done from this fabulous double cut alphabet dies set from Concord & 9th.  When I first got this I die cut it in several cardstock colors so I'd be ready to create sentiments quickly.  The picture below shows the letter I when the two pieces are separated.  As you can see I store the already cut letters on a Cricut mat after I mixed and matched the inner piece from the outer (this is one I'm no longer using because it's a bit warped).

The great part about these is they make two die cuts with one die.  You get an inner and outer part to the letters (they also have a numbers set) and the options for combining colors are practically unlimited.  On the white card I used both the inner and outer parts of the letters and on the kraft card I used the outer part only for the "thank" and the inner part for the "you".   I maximized the use of the green letters by using the inside and outside between the two cards.

I first learned about these dies from Catherine Pooler's Stamp Nation subscription, which includes Master classes from companies such as Concord & 9th.  Totally flipped over these dies and all the potential.

Tip:  in order to get the letters lined up just right I used post it tape to pick up the letters after getting them into their general position.  After picking the tape up I turn it over and adjust their positioning on the tape before applying adhesive with a Zig Two way glue pen, which works very well for me.  See picture below for the idea of how you keep these put until you get the adhesive on, then flip over onto the card, press down and slowwwwwly remove the post it tape.  Easy peasy!

As always I greatly appreciate you visiting today and hope that these tips and techniques help you when you are working on an upcoming card project!



  1. Wow, Terese! You've created such a pretty effect with your splatter technique! And I love you cut out circle from the top panel, I think I will borrow that :) Your tip about using the masking tape to position and apply the letters is awesome...such a great tip!! Fab card as usual!! Xx

    1. Thank you Shannon - always happy to hear when I've shared something useful!

  2. Great tips today! What a unique way to use a cricut mat. Fun cards too!


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