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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Make It Monday #89: Window Card

Papertrey Ink's Nichole Heady presented a video on her blog, describing a very unique method for making a window card with a 'floating' image on the outside. I finally got a chance to try this technique and was so pleased with the results. It was such a fun card to make with some surprising results.

I used the 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles to cut the scalloped circle from the patterned paper and a plain circle from the Pure Poppy card base. The sentiment (Believe) was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with red embossing powder.

The patterned paper needed some more detail, so I decided to stamp polka dots (Kraft, Pure Poppy, New Leaf) in the spaces between the various cookie designs. This also inspired the strip of polka dots on the inside of the card. (They show through the window and provide a background to the Gingerbread Man!!) 
The edges of the paper were sponged with Tea Dye ink on both the patterned paper and the inside panel.

I just ordered the Holiday Button Bits die collection and matching stamp set this fall and was excited to use it on this card.  The Gingerbread Man was die cut and then stamped and embossed in a dark chocolate. The 'buttons' were made by stamping one of the patterns from Bits and Buttons with Versa Mark and then embossed with red embossing powder. Several layers were glued together to create  thicker buttons. 
I also die cut and stamped a second gingerbread man (it wasn't embossed) and glued it to the back of the first one. I used clear adhesive mini dots on the buttons and then attached this whole embellishment to the acetate window. 


When opened, the little Gingerbread Man appears to be doing a head stand!! Totally made me giggle when I realized this was the outcome.

The inside of the card is finished with the coloured polka dots, a Pure Poppy Loop-De-Loop Border die cut and a sentiment from Holiday Wishes.

I'll be searching my stamps and dies for other options that I can use for this technique. This was such a fun challenge and definitely one I want to try again.

Card Details: (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps -  Polka Dot Basics, Holiday Button Bits, Bits & Buttons, Believe, Holiday Wishes
Inks - Kraft, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Tea Dye Duo;  Versamark; Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers - Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream;  SU: Very Vanilla
American Traditional Designs: Holiday Cheer - Christmas Cookies
Dies -  Holiday Button Bits, Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles, Loop-De-Loop Border
Other Supplies - 5/16" circle punch;  clear acetate sheet; EK Success Mini Adhesive Dots;
Martha Stewart: Ladybug Embossing Powder;  SU: Early Espresso Embossing Powder.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.


DaphneCakes said...

I love this card, so cute!I never would have thought of adding those polka dots on the patterned paper, but it really looks great, better than the original paper.

nancy jane said...

This card is absolutely adorable, Karen. Your addition of the dots adds warmth to the paper and ties it perfectly to the inside paper.

Dortesjs said...

gorgeous and very sweet card