Botanical Tic Tac Toe

This card was inspired by the Paper Players challenge #297.


I was so excited to do this challenge that I ran down to make a card immediately without stopping to double check ALL the details. The result was that my first card didn’t actually use three of the tic tac toe elements that actually lined up in a row. Oops! I guess the point of a challenge is to inspire, so it definitely worked! With a few slight modifications, such as tracking down a paper clip, I completed the challenge.


Let’s talk about crooked panels for a second. I really wanted a crooked panel as the background for this card, with a nice 90 degree angle at the top. My first instinct was to turn my paper at an angle, glue it on, and cut off the excess. I had the glue poised and ready… and then I realized I was about to waste a whole sheet of 6″ by 6″ paper for a card that isn’t even 4 inches wide.

Don’t make the same mistake I almost made!

It is more economical (and easier, too) to cut the paper the correct width to match the bottom of the card and then create a nice 90 degree angle at the top.

I’m a picture person. I have to see it for it to really have an impact, so in case you are like me, here is a graphic to demonstrate what I’m talking about:


Once I got that figured out, the rest was all pretty simple. Some rectangles, some Botanical Builder dies, some dimensionals to hold it all together.

I did have a lot of fun with Stampin’ Write markers on this project. I drew details, like stripes and dot patterns on my flowers and leaves to add some texture and a little bit of fun. You can see some close ups below. I also colored my designer series paper; it is normally Very Vanilla hexagon patterned and I colored it with Daffodil Delight to coordinate with my flowers.



Thanks for visiting and happy stamping everyone!

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Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper(c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Botanical Builder Dies(c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Paper Clip


0 thoughts on “Botanical Tic Tac Toe”

  1. Natalie….I LOVE your card! Absolutely stunning. Would you mind sharing the original measurement for the DSP that will end up crooked. I’m having a senior visual moment as to how this works. I’m thinking it’s a “normal” card size? Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Of course!

    This particular card has “tall and skinny” proportions, so it is the normal height (5.5″) but is skinnier than normal (3.5″).
    The DSP starts at 6″x6″.
    I cut a strip to match the width of the card (3.5″x6″).
    On the back side of the DSP, I marked a straight line across the paper an inch from the top.
    I used a second piece of paper as a pattern for the 90 degree angle, lining it up with my pencil marks so the sides would be even in height. I marked this with a pencil, so it made a triangle shape on the back of the DSP.
    Last, I cut it out, flipped it back to the front side, and glued it to my card.

    Thanks for your question! I hope the above steps help in the short term, but I think that this needs a full tutorial with pictures of all the steps. I will work on making another card using this technique over the weekend and will post a full tutorial some time next week. Make sure to check back!

    1. OMG! If you make a tutorial I will be all over this card. I’m more of a visual person. Your work is incredible. Thank you again Natalie.

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