1. Form a 5 x 7-inch card from heavy-weight white cardstock. Round corners if desired.
2. Cut a 4 3/4 x 6 3/4-inch panel from red cardstock. Score three lines 1/4 inch apart near bottom as shown. Round corners if desired; adhere panel to card front.
3. Die-cut a heart through card front. Set hearts aside.
4. Die-cut a heart frame from white cardstock by using two heart dies together. To create this frame, I nested a solid-edge heart die inside a scallop-edge heart die, secured them together with tape and ran them through the die-cutting machine.
5. Die-cut a star from white cardstock. Clip away star to use in another project. Tip: If you don’t have this specific die, there are many frilly-vine dies that would work well. Adhere tail to heart frame as shown below. Adhere pearls as shown. Use small pieces of foam tape to adhere frame to card front.
6. Using the hearts set aside from step 3, heat-emboss sentiment onto white heart with red ink. Offset red heart slightly behind white heart as shown. Tip: My elegant-style card calls for a heat-embossed sentiment. If your card is not so fancy, you could stamp your sentiment with dye ink or chalk.
7. Before adhering stamped heart in place, align it with window as desired. Sign back of card and you’re done! Tip: After a few people asked me to sign the back of my card before they framed them, I started signing all my cards. It’s pretty awesome when people frame your cards.
I used a 1 1/4-inch-square punch to make three windows on a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4-inch card. I punched a strip of lattice trim and adhered it behind the windows. Tip: You could also use vellum or another lacy paper instead of trim. Or, you could make frames if you have two sizes of punches. You’ll notice I used the frilly tail again from the star die. It was silver this time. I love that tail! I finished up by heat-embossing the sentiment with pink ink.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my cards with you today. I would love to see the window cards you create and hear any tips you might have for this fun technique.
I can hardly wait to show what I have up my sleeve for my next post. It will give a whole new life to many of your punches and stamps. It is something I learned years ago in my college art class.
Supplies used: The Paper Studio heavy-weight white, red and pink cardstock from Hobby Lobby; silver foil from DCWV; I Blank You stamp set from Paper Smooches; Butterfly Endearment stamp set from Unity Stamp Company; pink ink pad from Clearsnap Inc.; clear super-fine detail embossing powder from Ranger Industries Inc.; pearls from Michaels Stores; 1 1/4-inch-square punch, Lattice Chain punch and Martha Stewart scoring board from EK Success; Ornate Hearts dies (#CSBD53) from Our Daily Bread Designs; Shining Star die (#S2-181) from Spellbinders® Paper Arts.