Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Technique Tuesday: Window Frame Card Tutorial (TLC422)

Today's technique does not really have a name.  I am calling it a Window Frame Card since it is basically creating a window in the card front to see inside.  The idea of this technique is that most of the design, as well as the sentiment, is on the inside of the card. (This was the technique challenge this week on SplitcoastStampers.)

I started by deciding what size I wanted the window to be to see the scene inside and then cut it out of the center of the card front.  The Framelits make this so easy and offer a lot of shapes for any design.

Once I had the window, I cut out three pieces of cardstock that were slightly larger than the opening (I used the next largest Framelit).  If you were doing a different design you would cut one piece that would be your frame.

I then laid the pieces on the card front to make sure they were the right size.  I adhered the three parts together upside down and then flipped the shape over to cut.

Using the same Framelit that I cut the window with, I centered it on the middle section of the pumpkin.  This way the openings would be the same size.

You can see here what the card and pumpkin look like together.  Then I just added some embellishments to finish the pumpkin effect.

For the inside of the card, I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I like to sponge on white, since the inks come out clean and true to color.  I placed a small punched circle before sponging to create a full moon.  For this scene, I started by sponging Elegant Eggplant on the top two-thirds of the cardstock and then added Night of Navy. 

The moon was sponged with Crushed Curry which creates a beautiful glowing effect.  I also left more Elegant Eggplant showing around the moon to give the sense of light.  The bottom of the scene was sponged with Gumball Green and then darkened with Early Espresso.  The sentiment and house were stamped with StazOn.  The windows of the house were colored yellow to give an effect of lights on inside.

Here is the final card front. It is hard to see in the photo, but both the card front and sky inside were sponged with Illuminations ink to add some subtle shimmer.  You can see the house scene through the window.

And then you can see the entire scene and the sentiment when you open the card.  I love Halloween and I am so happy with all the stamps in the Best of 25 Years stamp set for this month.   I am already planning some Halloween treats for the kids' classes with this set.

August Best of 25 Years Stamp Set
As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! 

This month the Best Of Stamp Set is all about Halloween.  This is a must have set (particularly for me since I love Halloween)!  See the flyer here.

Hang on to your 25-year proof of purchase stickers and adhere them to your Stampin' Up! collectors card.  For every six Best Of sets you buy, you can send in your collectors card for a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95.  Must be redeemed by April 20, 2014.

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