Autumn at last!
We’re finally getting a taste of some cooler temperatures here in central Florida, so I’m feeling inspired to pull out my Fall-colored papers. This Autumn window card is very similar to one made by Shari Carroll, for the Online Card Class called Insider. Simon Says Stamp’s Flag Card Die makes this card super easy, but there are many different ways to adapt this general design.
I started with a piece of plain white cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″. Using a nice, leafy stencil, I blended on a mix of inks in various warm tones. I then cut the “window” out of that piece, as well as a piece of orange cardstock cut to an A2-size card. For this type of card, you want to make sure that your windows line up. I then “sandwiched” a piece of clear acetate between the inked piece and the card-base before gluing everything together.
Because this card has a pretty large window, I wanted to cover up a bit more of the acetate, to allow me more room for a message on the inside, so I die-cut several different large flowers and adhered them to the lower left-hand corner of the card front.
And because these flowers would show through to the other side, I die-cut those very same flowers, flipped them over, and adhered them to the inside of the card, carefully lining each one up. I also decorated each side of the little “tag” that the window die provides. Here’s the inside view:
A Place to Write:
To maximize the amount of space I had for a personal message, I punched out a small envelope from coordinating patterned paper, and attached it to the inside, just below those big die-cut flowers. I will be sticking a tiny note inside it, before it is sent off to its new home. When the card is closed, you really can’t see the envelope. However, it probably wouldn’t matter if some of it peeked through, since the color matches. Another idea for the card would be to create an envelope or pocket on the inside that is actually part of the design, and clearly shows through to the front.
I added lots of teeny-tiny die-cut flowers and leaves to both the front and inside of the card, and I stamped “Smile” on the inside, hidden on the front by the tag. There is a little room at both the top and bottom for more stamping or writing. The inside is a bit “busy”, but I like it. Here’s a side view, so you can really get an idea of how this window thing works:
Some General Tips:
Any large shape die can be used to make a window – try hearts or stars. You can use all sorts of leftover plastic for your window – recycled packaging, or, if you have a laminator, I love to use the leftover clear bits, when I laminate something that doesn’t use up the whole sleeve. Using tape adhesive instead of liquid can help you to avoid glue smearing on your window. If you choose to add elements that will show through on the reverse side, keep in mind that you will need a “mirror image” of that element to apply to the other side. These flowers looked fine when I flipped them over, but a symmetrical design would make this even easier.
Have a totally wonderful, magical day!. 🙂
Supplies: the tiny envelope was made with an old punch, by McGill. The patterned papers are from Stampin’ Up. I’m afraid I didn’t make note of all the colored inks I used, and most of the flowers were cut from various paper scraps from my stash, but here are a few of the key ingredients from today’s card (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going. Thank you so much! SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):