Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Cheryl Harwick2
Window Cards are very popular, and today I want to give you a few tips for making them. First, you need to start with a good die. I like the Window & Window Box die by Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations. This is a Bigz die, so you can use it to cut all kinds of different materials.
Window cards can be all about perspective – are you on the inside looking out of the window, or on the outside looking into the window? This is a critical decision, as it will affect the materials/supplies that you’ll want to use. I made two window cards – one from each direction.
I usually begin by cutting two window frames from plain cardstock. These need to fit together, so it is important that they both be cut the same way (i.e. right side down, etc.). I attach one of the window pieces to my cardstock with the finished “view”, and then trim that background material so that it is no larger than the window. I use Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to do this (love that adhesive!). Then I take the other window piece, and add a low dimensional adhesive to the back of it (I like the Darice 1/8” strips for this). The window frame should be solid, so I find it best to cover it from edge to edge with the low dimensional adhesive. I also place a small piece in the center so that it doesn’t collapse (it doesn’t take much – just about ½”). Then I carefully attach the two window frames together (attach the wrong side of the top frame to the right side of the bottom frame). This short video gives a few tips, and a brief description of the process.
For my “inside looking out” card, I selected a smaller print paper to kind of look like wallpaper. I chose a plain ivory for the window frames, and a snow stamp (complete with snowman). I stamped the snow scene on white cardstock with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and colored it in using Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils (the pastel pencils are so easy to use). I made my window “sandwich” as described above, and used Scor-Tape to attach it to the print cardstock layer and the tan base layer. I finished by decorating the window with a few pine branches and a bow, along with a “missing you” flag. Finally, I attached the card front to an A2 card base.
For my “outside looking in” card, I wanted a brick background. I selected the “Fired Brick” Distress Core-dinations Cardstock, and embossed it with the Darice brick embossing folder. I used a sanding block to distress the “brick” cardstock, and then added some Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa Memento ink to the edges. I also used a gray Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil to enhance the “cement” between the bricks (It still doesn’t photograph very well, but is a nice touch in person). I stamped the kitchen scene with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and colored the image with Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils. I cut around the image (close to the stamped lines) because I wanted the green background to surround it. I assembled the window “sandwich” as described above, and then sanded it lightly. I sponged on a little Memento ink – mostly Peanut Brittle, with just a hint of Rich Cocoa. I used Scor-Tape to attach it to the brick layer and the dark brown base layer. I finished by decorating the window with a few pine branches and a bow. I added the “missing you” flag, and then attached the card front to the card base.
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Window & Window Box die
Cardstock (assorted colors/patterns)
Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick
Stamps or paper with suitable “window view” – I used “Baking Table” and “Warm Wishes”, both by Our Daily Bread Designs
Darice brick embossing folder
Faber Castell Pitt Pastel pencils
Embellishments – I used a bit of ribbon and pine branches cut from a pine branch and pine cone die by Impression Obsession (DIE-097M)
Adhesives – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and a low dimensional adhesive strip by Darice
Ink – I used Memento Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa and Peanut Brittle
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!