I was so excited when I received the Carolina Window & Shutters dies by Susan Tierney-Cockburn; I just love windows for cards! I've been waiting to use it for a special design - I didn't want to just do the standard Christmas window with wreath (although they do look great) or a window with curtains. I finally decided on a monochromatic white design, using recycled plastic packaging for the panes of glass. I also love how the embossed wall creates a wonderful textured background.
Making the Card
1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.
2. Cut white cardstock 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Emboss with Flower Mosaic. Adhere to front of card (note: you may want to use a liquid glue to get it to really stick down).
3. Die cut from white cardstock: 2 window frames (you won't need shutters - keep them for another project or recycle them), 3 sets of vines, 4 sets of flowers (32 total). Shape leaves by drawing a line down the middle of each. Shape petals by drawing a line down each petal then rubbing in the middle with a ball stylus; on half the flowers, press harder and/or use smaller ball stylus to make center petals; this makes them cup up more. Stack center petals on base petals, gluing offset. I use Kids Choice Glue for all my flowers.
4. Using scrap leftovers from one of the windows as a template, place it just higher than center on the card. Draw a pencil guide line a little inside the template (do not draw shutters). Using a craft knife, cut window into front of card inside guide line - you want a lip on which to glue the frame but not enough to show beyond the window frame. Draw a similar guide on a piece of clear plastic packaging using an alcohol based marker, like a Sharpie. Cut along guide with scissors. Glue plastic on backside of one window fame (trim if necessary). I used Gem-Tac Glue for this. Glue to front of card, covering hole. Glue remaining frame inside card to give it a finished look.
5. Adhere one vine starting at bottom left below window as shown. Leave branches free (i.e. don't glue them down). Cut bases off other vines and glue them starting under the first vine - you want them to look like they are all one vine. Trim them apart if necessary.
6. Adhere flowers as shown. Adhere one white pearl bead in center of each with Gem-Tac Glue.
- E111 Flower Mosaic Embossing Folder
- 1086 Garden Notes - Carolina Window & Shutters
- 1036 CountryScapes Mini Botanicals - Clematis, Ivy
- 808 Susan's Garden 4pcs. All metal Tool Set in Luxury Case
- 810 Large Molding Pad
- Cardstock: White
- Clear Plastic Packaging
- White Pearl Beads 3mm
- Beacon: Kids Choice Glue, Gem-Tac Glue
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