Making die cut window scenes with flowers is so much fun for me. I usually use lots of additional die cut scenery images that create a detailed dimensional scene. But there is something so pretty about a window with flowers against a clean and simple background. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge to create a card with a colorful background. I thought yellow was the perfect spring color to use with the addition of the green foliage and colorful flowers. I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Carolina Windows and Shutters paired with Impression Obsession Foliage and Tiny Flowers.
I began by apply strips of mounting tape to the scalloped layer and window and attached them to the card front. The window box was made using the two shutters from the set. I laid one over the top of the other until I had exactly the width that I wanted and then cut them right down the middle. I tossed the two left over pieces of shutters, turned the two pieces with the rounded sides face down, secured them in place with double tick tape. I applied mounting tape to the back of the window box (shutters) and attached it to the card base at the base of the window.
The foliage pieces were cut apart to create several branches. I used one long piece of foliage to hide the seam where the two sections of shutters were attached together and you’d never know it wasn’t one full piece. I always look for different ways to use my dies. I filled in the window box with foliage and flowers and attached them with glossy accents. The window box of flowers made the card front a little bottom heavy so I inserted a few birds in the scene to draw the eye up for the finishing touch.
Thanks so much for coming by today. I hope you have been inspired to make your own version of a clean and simple die cut window scene with flowers for Easter, Mother’s Day or a Birthday card.
Good Friday morning. It’s been quite a while since I made a window card. I was looking through my stash of dies yesterday and found the My Favorite Things Classic Window set, brand new to me and never been opened. I remember shopping and seeing this set and purchasing because I just “had” to have it! A few months later I find it and realize I had never even taken it out of the wrapper. Am I the only one that has this issue? I doubt it very seriously because most of the paper crafters I know are just as compulsive as me. LOL! So I decided to create a window card using fall colors and I really love how this turned out. The background was embossed using the Taylored Expressions Subway Tile embossing folder (another must have item purchased and never used). The scene was completed using the Impression Obsession Branches Corner, Tiny Flowers, Pumpkin Patch and the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border.
I started by brayering ink on the inside of the embossing folder and embossing the background. I heat set the ink and then used the window die as a template to draw cutting lines for the see through window. I used my kraft knife to cut the opening and then used thin strips of mounting tape to attach the window over the opening. I attached a little green ribbon with glue dots on each of the drapery pieces and then attached them to the back of the of the window layer with double stick tape. I cut a couple green Branches Corner sections and cut the little branches apart and used them to fill the flower box with foliage using glossy accents to attach them in place. I lightly sponged orange ink on the tiny flowers and used a brown marker to fill in the centers. I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flowers and attached them to the foliage using glossy accents. The shutters were attached flat to the card base using double stick tape.
I attached two sections of grass using mounting tape. I sponged orange ink on the pumpkins and used a green marker for the tops. The pumpkins were attached in place using pieces of mounting tape. I cut a Branches Corner in white and colored the branches using a brown Copic marker. I lightly sponged orange and red on all the leaves and then added tips of green on several of them using a green marker. The branch section was attached using mounting tape. I cut the lowest branch off so it wouldn’t totally cover the window and attached it to another area using glossy accents.
I had originally planned on using a piece of green striped designer paper behind the window but the orange made the whole scene pop. I attached the window scene to the orange layer using double layers mounting tape and then attached the whole scene to the card base using double stick tape.
You can check out my See Thru Window tutorial to get an idea of how I made this opened window. Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend.
I started the scene by attaching a double layer of grass border to a thin strip of cardstock with double stick tape. I applied another layer of double stick tape to the back of the grass border and attached it to the bottom of the card base. I cut two strips of designer paper for curtains, crimped them and attached to the back of the window with double stick tape. The window was then attached to the card base with double stick tape. I wanted the open gates to be an invitation into the scene. I cut a small amount off both sides of the gates so make them fit the scene. I cut thin strips of cardstock to attached to the sides of the gates and then attached them both to the card base with double stick tape. The table and chair were set in place and attached with rolled glue dots.
I used my stylus and molding pad to form the tiny flowers and attached them to the leafy branch piece and along the grass border with glossy accents. I applied rolled glue dots to several key spots on the back of the branch and attached it to the window and card base. Looking at this now as I write my post I wish I had added a couple butterflies. They would have been a perfect finish. Oh well….next time!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week.
Good Sunday morning. My project today is a sweet baby card made using the new Impression Obsession Cutie Pies Stamp Set and Cutie Pies Die Set by Pink Ink. These are such cute images and are perfect for making baby cards or kids birthday cards. I thought the bear and bunny would look sweet in a window scene. I used the Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Set for the small tree in the background scene and pulled out my retired Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Minis fern stamp to add the leaves and grassy area. The window valance was made using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 1 die and the window was made using the Poppystamps Grand Madison Window.
I secured my watercolor paper in my MISTI, attached the stamps in place, applied black versafine ink and stamped. I’m so glad I used my MISTI because I didn’t get a perfect impression the first time. I reapplied ink and stamped the second time leaving a perfect image. I heat set the versafine with my heat gun to make sure I wouldn’t have any smudging when I began to paint. I applied Memento marker inks on my acrylic block to use as a palette and picked up the color with my waterbrush and painted the images. I cut the images out with the coordinating dies and then trimmed off the edges.
I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the polka dot paper and attached it to the card base. I scored the white bottom portion of the card base every 1/4” and applied it to the base using ATG adhesive. I used the die cut window as a template and traced lines along the outer edges of the window opening to use a a guide for cutting out the opening. I cut the opening using my craft knife. You can see step by step pictures of this process on my blog in my See Thru Window tutorial. I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the window and set it in place over the window. I cut the decorative window valance and attached with ATG adhesive.
I applied brown ink to the tree stamp, lightly dabbed off some of the ink on the upper branches with a rag and stamped. I applied a light touch of brown reinker to my waterbrush and filled in the tree trunk. I applied light green ink to the tiny fern stamp and stamped several times to create a light green base for the tree top. I filled in the tree top using darker green ink. I sponged darker green ink on the ground area and filled in with the fern stamp. I added a touch of blue fern image for flowers. I heat set the green ink and then sponged on the blue sky area. I attached the scene to the inside of the card using mounting tape. I finished by attaching the two Cutie Pies in place on the window sill with rolled up glue dots.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great upcoming week.
Good Monday morning. Do you remember when Poppystamps came out with the Grand Madison Window? I think both the grand and small windows were released in 2011 and I just went crazy for both of them. I have no idea how many projects I have made with them but it is plenty. I had a hankering to make a see thru window card this past weekend with the Grand Madison Window and paired it with the Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia and Impression Obsession Holly Flourish. I couldn’t resist coverring the poinsettias and holly with clear glitter for an extra holiday touch. I have gotten asked quite often where I put my greeting when I make a see thru window. I just turn it over and stamp my sentiment or hand write my note on the back. I know it is a little strange but I love the effect of seeing thru the window.
I attached a piece of pink cardstock to the front of my white card base. I cut two windows, one for the front and one for inside to cover the raw cut edges of my see thru window. I used one of the windows as a template to draw cutting lines and then used my kraft knife to cut out the opening. You can see my step by step see thru window tutorial if you would like to check out the steps to cutting and assembling my card. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the window and attached it to the front of the card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the second window and attached it to the inside. I took a quick shot of the inside of the card after it was finished to show how clean and neat it looks with no raw edges showing.
I cut three pairs of poinsettia flowers in the pale pink and three in green. I like to use the largest flower in green as the foliage for the assembled flower. I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and assembled them using glossy accents. I cut two sections of the Holly Flourish to use for the foliage. I gently formed the holly stems with my fingers to remove the flat appearance and then attached one to the window with glossy accents in two or three spots to hold. I attached the three poinsettias with glossy accents and then tucked a few cut up pieces of the holly flourish to fill in. I attached the small pearls in the flower centers to finish.
I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the foliage and flowers with my finger and then sprinkled the clear glitter. I love the sparkle but it doesn’t really show well in the pictures.
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Good Saturday morning. I have been having so much fun playing with the new Impression Obsession die release. There are several new dies in the release that make fast work of creating holiday cards. I linked several of them at the bottom of my post. There is no one that I know that loves creating projects with lots and lots of details more than me. But when the Christmas holiday gets near I often need to put together a few fast and easy cards. My project today was made using the whimsical Snowman Window Scene and it took about ten minutes to make. I could easily mass produce a bunch of these in no time. Oh…and…have you seen the new line of Taylored Expressions cardstock? I used Cherry Pop for my card base.
The card base is 4.50” square, the white layer is 4.00” square and the red layer is 3.75” square. I attached the front red layer to the white layer with ATG adhesive and then applied mounting tape to the back of the layers and attached them to the card base. I think popping up the layers adds more interest than if it were attached flat to the base.
I attached thin strips of mounting tape to several key spots on the back of the snowman window and attached it to the base.
This die set comes in two pieces. The outer edge of the frame is one piece and can be used alone to cut a solid shaped die cut. You leave the outer frame die off and cut the scene out in a solid piece of cardstock. I made one up to show the difference. I added a scalloped frame in white to add more contrast. I like first card the best.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend.
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