Splashy Smile – IWD Tic-Tac-Toe

Our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs is a tic-tac-toe challenge! There are lots of different options to chose from, and we hope you’ll have fun with it. We’re sponsored this time around by Fabrika Fantasy who are offering three digis to our lucky winner – make sure you link up to be eligible for the prize.

I began by printing out the Cute Zebra 01 Digi stamp from our sponsor Fabrika Fantasy onto alcohol marker friendly paper. I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour the image in. I of course used greys to colour my black and white zebra. I went with blues for the paddling pool and yellow for the duck. After colouring I added stripes to the pool with my white gel pen. I then fussy cut the image out and set it to one side.

I wanted to try splash watercolouring again for my background. The last time I did it the result was pretty but I wasn’t entirely happy with the process. This time I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide. I pressed some onto my craft mat, and spritzed it with water into which I’d mixed a little Perfect Pearls. I then pounced my watercolour paper into it. I did several layers of pouncing, using my heat gun to dry in between, until I was happy with how it looked.

Whilst the panel finished drying I created my sentiment. I coated a snippet of white card with the same Mermaid Lagoon ink, spritzed it with water, and lifted the water with a paper towel. I then used a die from Sizzix’s Friendship Expressions die set to cut out my sentiment, after backing the paper with double-sided tape.

I used Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue to adhere my fussy cut image to the watercolour panel, then adhered the whole thing flush to a blue card base with double-sided tape.

I’m really pleased with how this card come together. The splash watercolour isn’t quite how I’d pictured it being, but that’s the fun of the technique. It’s very loose and unpredictable. Even if it didn’t end up splashing quite in the way I’d hoped it worked well to accompany my image. I do wonder if I should have gone with a colour other than blue for the paddling pool – perhaps red or yellow for a pop of extra colour.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

CAS Watercolour – Splash Watercolouring

Crafter’s Castle – Anything Goes

Creatalicious – Anything Goes

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Fabrika Fantasy – Summer (edit – where it was chosen as a winner!)

HLS CAS Challenge – Animals

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs – Tic Tac Toe

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Fun In The Sun


Check out what the rest of the DT made:


Charlotte (that’s me!)






Maria Giselle




32 thoughts on “Splashy Smile – IWD Tic-Tac-Toe

  1. Your splash background turned out amazing Charlotte!! I think it’s just perfect. And it goes so well with these sweet images. Great work! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  2. Lovely splash background – perfect in blue to keep the theme of the swimming pool. Adorable little zebra squished into his tiny pool with his little duck – it definitely made me smile! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

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  3. WOW!!! This is gorgeous. I love the simple layout and that Zebra is so cute. I’ve never seen him before. Your background is absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    ♥ Mindy

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  4. Loved your cute and creative CAS pool and zebra card design, Charlotte. I thought your Splash background was just perfect with your blue pool. Clever how you added the white gel pen stripes on your pool. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs…


  5. Beautiful splashes, Charlotte! It looks like that adorable zebra is splashing away in his pool! Such a fun card! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  6. Very fun card! I love the watercolor background. Thank you for sharing your card at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge.

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  7. WOW! A great CAS card, maintained in a large CAS discipline. I love sweet zebra. The biggest impression on me was made by the pool coloring technique in which a small zebra sits.
    Thank you for joining our game at HLS CAS.
    BożenA DT HLS

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