I made this back in November but hadn’t shared it yet. I was trying to make more of a masculine design—I mean, guys can, on occasion, appreciate knowing someone is thinking of them, too. Right?

These designs are sometimes a little harder to come up with, but it always seems I could use a few more in my arsenal.

I found stamping the heart in red ink was kinda “blah” and flat looking, so to give it more interest and depth, I inked and stamped first with Shea Butter, then added Tutti Frutti, and lastly Rockin’ Red (using the Rock N Roll method with the MISTI).

Used a white pencil on the diecut hand to add some fingernails, but I don’t know on this design that it actually needed that. This was one of those, “Hmmmmm. Too much?” Gel pen would have been too opaque and I wanted to keep it subtle…

A little bit of black acrylic paint spatters for interest…

Sat back and looked at it and decided it felt off and needed something to pull the eye in towards the focal. I die cut a rectangle into some black card stock and then trimmed it down, making a frame I could 3D mount around it. Alternatively, I could have trimmed the card down to a smaller size, or whacked off the front, trimmed that down to a smaller size and then mounted it to a smaller card base.

At this point, I debated adding more, but you know what happens when I go that route…

Sat on my hands.


I love the copper spot foiling on these X’s and O’s—I used my Zig Two Way Glue Pen to coat only parts of the letters to create a really modern/graphic kind of look. This only works if you allow the two-way glue to dry completely—if it’s “wet”, this doesn’t work. When the glue totally dries, it will be tacky to the touch; I just applied copper foil over the top, burnishing the ugly side of the foil sheets against the tacky adhesive with the pads of my fingertips and then 3D mounted the letters to my card front.

Customized the sentiment by using the Letterboard Alphabet Die Set—this works pretty spiffy if you bulk cut the letters ahead. I did a Hello, Monday video about that on the Ellen Hutson Channel; you can check that out HERE.

The wheels are turning with ideas for 3D mounting all kinds of different images within that stitched Tic Tac Toe grid—how fun is that?!

Happy New Year!