Monday, February 2, 2009

Recessed Window Card

Hello! Wow, I intended to get this post up early today, but this card wound up taking a lot of time. The Try a New Technique challenge over at Split Coast Stampers, was to make a recessed window card. The instructions are here.

So, I guess I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, because I found the instructions a bit hard to follow. I wasn't sure which way to make my folds and how to attach it all, so I just winged it. After I was done, I went back and looked at the directions and they made perfect sense. LOL.

I did things just a bit differently, so here are the steps of how I made mine...

I decided to use my nestabilities rectangle die to make my score lines. I centered it on my cardstock, flat side toward the paper. I used my Cuttlebug to make the impression. The sandwich was, from bottom to top, Plate A, Plate B, nestabilities die raised side down, cardstock, tan mat, two pieces of cardstock (as spacers), Plate B. If you use thin cardstock, you made need three pieces for your spacers.

Using the nestabilities die with the flat side making the impression, caused two score lines, instead of just one. Using a craft knife, I cut a diagonal line going each direction from the outer corners. Then I folded each flap down on the outer score line and back in on the inner score line.

Next I cut a piece of cardstock to the same dimension as the outside of my nestabilities die. This piece will be the insert for my window.

After I stamped and sponged the insert to my liking, I placed it in the window. It was a very snug fit and it "pushed" the window edges into place.

Next, I turned it over and adhered the flaps to the insert.

I used larger nestabilities to make the Kiwi Kiss frame and adhered it down. Nest I added the butterfly and branches (colored with Copics) and popped them up on dimensionals inside the window and used craft glue where they overlapped the frame.

I used a Kiwi Kiss cardbase and adhered the window to it, leaving the framed portion just floating. I probably should have used dimensionals, but I didn't want them to be visable.

This is a very thick card, so I used a small acetate box, instead of a normal envelope. It fit perfectly and will be much sturdier for mailing or storing. I will still use a padded envelope when I send it, though.

Thanks for looking. I hope your day is fantastic!!

27 comments:

Deborah Saaranen said...

This is gorgeous! Love it!

redwasher1 said...

I followed your instructions and they worked perfectly! Thanks for the info. Beautiful card!

LeAnne said...

Oh, having your tutorial helps me to understand the directions as well....it wasn't clicking in my head! Beautiful card, just gorgeous coloring!
LeAnne

Linda Barutha said...

What an absolutely beautiful card! TFS:)

craftimamma said...

What a b eautiful card Theresa. I love your colouring on the butterfly.

Lesley

6 wacky women said...

So beautiful, Theresa.
Your coloring of the butterfly is awesome. I really love this card!!

Karen x

Catherine said...

hah! see if i can follow this simple directions...LOL!

Gorgeous :)

Whoopsie Daisy! said...

Gorgeous, Theresa! Your instructions sounds simple enough... I'll have to try this challenge out. The butterfly is amazing!

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

Gorgeous card, gorgeous colours and gorgeous layout.........Need I say more!!!

Shar said...

Beautiful!

Colleen said...

Absolutely gorgeous Theresa!

Elena said...

I love you tutorial on how to make box card with Nestabilities! Thank you Theresa for showing it!
Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your steps. Between the two, someone like me will be able to try something that beautiful!
Gail S.

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, this is stunning! Absolutely beautiful, Theresa!

Ifat Art said...

Great idea!

Going right into my links blog!

IfatArt

catdidit said...

O.M.G.!! This is such a piece of art Theresa! I LOVE it! Alll of it! Thanks so much for your instructions, I really did not get this one, lol! Oh, need my mailing address?? haha!! In case, you know, you needed somebody to mail that card to! LOL!

asela said...

What a drop dead gorgeous card! Love your new Copic storage that your hubby made. He should consider selling them on Ebay.

Norma said...

This card is fantastic. When I first looked at it and read the instructions, I thought, not me, I don't think I can do this. But after reading it again, I think I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your card and your instructions.

Kerry H said...

Wow...

Sandy Knecht said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial.

Shirley said...

Wow! "This is a very thick" work of art and should be framed, Theresa! I love everything you did to create and a great tutorial too!

lisa808 said...

Very pretty card.

Melanie said...

your tool is plenty sharp!!

I love seeing these leaves green, I got them back in th fall os they've only been brown and roange on my table, very beautiful! :)

Mari said...

Gorgeous! Thanks to COTW (and Google) I won't ever miss another post! :)
I just love your blog!

virgo5 said...

Hi Theresa, I came here to congratulate you on hosting the weekly inkling, so big congrats! What a nice surprise to see this beautiful creation, and the answer to my frustration! I had such a hard time with that window, I gave up! I was sure the answer was in my nesties, but hadn't figured out how to use them without cutting! Thanks for posting this, now maybe I can finish mine!
Thanks again for sharing!

nitti said...

thank you very much for the instructions. I think, now i'll be able to construct this card. I enjoy it.
Thank you for sharing

Sigrid from germany

Donna Phelan said...

I was just perusing Pinterest for recessed cards and stumbled upon this, and was like...oooh I probably have similar stamps. Clicked on the image, got here and said OH I know her! lol Must CASE for the Release Challenge....see how helpful you are 5 years later?!?! Thank You!!!