Casually Crafting – Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Welcome to our monthly Casually Crafting Blog Hop, our blog hop focuses on a Casual Crafter, someone who may not yet have all the equipment. although probably will soon… This month our theme is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. For this project I used the Whale Done stamp set and coordinating punch to create an interactive rotating / spinning card.

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

The Tic-Tac-Toe challenge is to create a project by selecting and using three elements from a line in a pre-set grid, either horizontal, vertical or diagonal. I chose the diagonal line from top left to bottom right:

  • Use a punch
  • Wink of Stella
  • Bermuda Bay

Why not have a go yourself? Pick a line and see what you come up with. You will find lots of inspiration from the other design team members.

Breaching Whale Card

I initially created a sea scene (the desired width of my layer (13.9cm), and it’s height, that of my circle in the rotating mechanism, see below. In my case I was using a 2-1/2″ circle punch, so my layer height is 2-1/2″). The scene was created using a selection of the Whale Done stamps, in Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green.

Watercolouring Colours

This scene was later attached (above the rotating card mechanism, see below) to a Coastal Cabana layer (14.4 x 10cm) ‘sprayed’ with Wink of Stella (by flicking the brush against the cap). And attached to a Bermuda Bay card base (A5 folded in half to A6, landscape – 14.9 x 10.5cm), the sentiment is in Bermuda Bay.

Breaching Whale Card Initial

How to create a Breaching Whale

  1. I created the breaching whale using the Build a Whale punch, the water spout highlighted with Wink of Stella.
  2. The rotating mechanism is a circle of card and a brad. I used a retired 2-1/2″ circle punch, but it could be created using a circle die or even (as it is not visible, so does not need to be precise) by drawing round a round embellishment container (which are about the correct size) and cutting with snips. Don’t go too large otherwise the Whale won’t breach smoothly (or at all!). If you have a die cutting machine, a scalloped circle provides a slightly better edge for this mechanism.
  3. To the edge of this circle (with a very small overlap), I glued an assembled Whale.
  4. A small notch was created at the centre bottom of the Coastal Cabana layer (to enable the circle to be accessed and rotated). I used the retired 3/4″ punch for this, but any rounded punch could be used or even free cut with snips.
  5. I attached the circle to the Coastal Cabana layer in the “required location”, in this case at the centre point of my sea scene layer – by creating a tiny hole in the centre of the circle and in the Coastal Cabana at the “required location”, I used the pointed end of my Take Your Pick tool for this. The circle was attached using a brad.
  6. The sea scene is attached above the rotating card mechanism, using foam adhesive strips (allowing space for the whale to dive ‘hide’ behind), along the bottom edge (either side of the rotating mechanism). In addition to attaching the sea scene to the layer, these foam strips also provide a stopper (both sides) to prevent the Whale rotating below the bottom of the card). A (very) small piece of foam strips were also placed at the top corners of the sea scene (they needed to be small to provide sufficient space for the tail of my Whale to rotate). To provide greater space the sea scene could be created at the same width as the Coastal Cabana layer (14.4cm).
  7. This completed and interactive layer is then attached to the card base, any internal decorations can also be added.
Breaching Whale Card Gif

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1 Response

  1. Ann Alexander says:

    Love this Hilary, particularly the moving Whale!

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