Three In A Row

March 22, 2011
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I’m super excited to share today’s project with you! I’ve been working on these for the past couple of weeks and they’re finally ready to be introduced to the world. And I hope you like them as much as I do!

As you know, I’ve been experimenting with that stuff also known as Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up! In my last post, I tried making a couple of magnet sets but came across the issue of the images smearing due to the Crystal Effects reacting with the ink. Thankfully, I came up with a way to prevent that little mishap. Two ways, actually. One way to keep my stamped images from smearing is to clear emboss the entire image before glazing. The other way is to spray each image with a clear coat spray paint before glazing. Really simple solutions with great results!

So once I figured out how to keep things from getting blurry, I moved on from making simple magnet sets to creating something a little more fun. I adapted my Perpetual Calendar project a little bit and created these great Tic Tac Toe sets!

I basically combined my Crystal Effects magnet project with my Perpetual Calendar project and I am super pleased with the results. And I had a little fun with the themes for these game boards too. (Find a full list of supplies used at the end of the post!)

This first Tic Tac Toe set plays with the whole Apples and Oranges theme. I used the Tart & Tangy stamp set (which I got for FREE as part of Sale-a-bration) to create the game pieces. The game board was created using sheet metal shingles which can be purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store. I decorated the game board to give it a sort of picnic-y feel.

This next set has a little more of a contemporary look. I used two of the punches from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to create the X and O pieces. I sponged the background with some Basic Gray ink, then just added some strips of Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze cardstock to finish the design.

Now this last set is totally my favorite! I went Patriotic with this one and used a Stars and Stripes motif for the theme. You’ll notice that my stripes pieces are still a little blurred. I guess they needed one more coat of clear coating. But I actually think they look better with the smearing since it kind of makes them look a little aged, which fits in perfectly with the rest of the set. The background was created by crinkling up a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock then sponging over the wrinkled areas with Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso ink. I then used a sponge to create the stripes on the background. Didn’t it turn out great?

I seriously am loving working with Crystal Effects! It just adds another dimension to my projects that I truly enjoy. My next step with the stuff is to create perpetual calendars with glazed pieces. It’s gonna give me the ability to really be creative with the calendar pieces. I can’t wait! But it will probably be a while before I get to that. I still have so many other projects to work on…as usual…LOL.

Remember that if you’re not a DIYer, you can always find my latest projects in my Etsy Shop! CLICK HERE to find these Tic Tac Toe sets in my shop! And yes, I can customize them if you want a specific theme!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s project! Do you think you’ll try out using Crystal Effects now? What else do you think you could create using Crystal Effects? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until next time…

Project Recipe (Apples and Oranges):
Stamp Sets: Tart & Tangy
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Peach Parfait
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, Peach Parfait
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Scallop Trim Border Punch
Embellishments: Crystal Effects
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store
Additional supplies: Wood craft tiles or Scrabble tiles, Mod Podge, fine grit sandpaper, magnets, brush, sheet metal shingle, frame

Project Recipe (Contempo):
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray
Ink: Basic Gray
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Sponge
Embellishments: Crystal Effects
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store
Additional supplies: Wood craft tiles or Scrabble tiles, Mod Podge, fine grit sandpaper, magnets, brush, sheet metal shingle, frame

Project Recipe (Stars and Stripes):
Stamp Sets: Playful Pieces (Hostess Level 3), Solid Stripes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, VersaMark, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Stampin’ Sponge, Crop-a-dile, Heat Gun
Embellishments: Crystal Effects, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store
Additional supplies: Wood craft tiles or Scrabble tiles, Mod Podge, fine grit sandpaper, magnets, brush, sheet metal shingle, frame

Moose News:

  • Sale-a-bration is going on now! Earn free Stampin’ Up! products for every $50 you spend! Learn more on My Stampin’ Up! Website. Hurry because Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st!
  • What’s the deal with Hostess Sets? Those are stamp sets you earn by making a qualifying Stampin’ Up! purchase! When you purchase Stampin’ Up! products amounting to at least $150, you qualify for a FREE Hostess Set! PLUS, right now, you’ll also receive Sale-a-Bration rewards too! View the Hostess Benefits Chart Here

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2 Responses to “ Three In A Row ”

  1. Ann on March 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    These are so cute. what a cute gift idea. You have inspired me to try these.

  2. Melissa (@CatholicWAHM) on March 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    These look like so much fun! They’re the new executive desk game!!

    Thanks for sharing.

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