The last few days I have spent my free time at an online card-making class – “Insider”, presented by Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Laura Bassen, with other special guests. I was a bit on the fence about taking this class – my first online class. I had to wonder if I was just wasting money on something I normally find for free. But I was very pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this class so much! I am just brimming with card ideas now! (If only I didn’t have a “day job”… sigh.)
For my first “class inspired” card, I decided to try a window card, as demonstrated by Shari Carroll (Day 3). I actually had a more ambitious idea, but thought I better start with an easier version first. It’s a good thing I did. Shari made this look incredibly easy, but I have to confess that I struggled a bit. Now that doesn’t mean I won’t try again – this is just one of those ideas that’s going to require some practice.
I won’t share all of Shari’s secrets, but basically the front of my card is a piece of acetate sandwiched between two die-cut pieces of paper. Shari used these wonderful clear acetate notecards, which I would love to get sometime, but for now, I took the frugal route – I used a piece of plastic from some packaging. (I’ve been saving all sorts of packaging for just this sort of occasion).
Working with acetate is tricky – for once, my bad photography actually helped me. You can’t see any of the smudges I tried to wipe off, or the slight bit of scratching that came from all that scrubbing. You also have to get a bit creative to hide any adhesive.
Here’s how the card looks when it’s completely closed:
Here’s what you see when you open it up:
See that little envelope at the bottom? I’m going to use that to stuff a tiny little personal note. I could also do this with a smaller “window”, and just sign it at the bottom, but I thought the tiny envelope was a fun touch – similar to what Shari did with her amazing card.
So this was not one of my easier cards – it takes a lot of patience to put one like this together. But I will definitely be trying this technique again.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!
Supplies used: all paper (except plain orange Bazzill, from my stock) from Simon Says Stamp’s March 2013 Card Kit (Lawn Fawn Daphne’s Closet patterned paper), window cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Eight” die, tiny envelope created with McGill Craftivity “Mini Envelopes” punch, Flowers cut with Sizzix Originals Flower Layers #3 die and EK Success daisy punch, sentiments stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, hand-cut using Simon Says Stamp’s Small Banner Stencil, “Dear Friend” sentiment from Technique Tuesday’s “Thinking of You” clear stamp set, “You Make Me Smile” sentiment from My Favorite Things “Millie the Mouse” clear stamp set, “You Warm My Heart” sentiment from Hero Arts “Tea” clear stamp set.