Window frames on your artwork give dimension to your world

I think I’m obsessed with windows lately.   Both the kind in my house and the one’s on my cards.    The real windows are sealed shut against the smoke from area fires…so of course I want to open them….badly!   My brain keeps thinking fresh air is on the other side of the glass even though my eyes tell me there is only heat and smoke.   I guess my old Sandycat and I have something in common.  When she was alive she was always wanting on the opposite side of the door or window in front of her.   I guess I really do have cat DNA like my friends like to say.   Now if only I had a few of their other attributes than lack of patience….sigh.

As I was flipping through some of my cards looking to send a few rays of joy outside the smoke zone, I came across a few of my favorite Window cards I’ve never shared.  As you can see I’ve been using up my stacks of retired designer series papers and ribbons but of course the design works in whatever colors you have on hand or are planning on purchasing.   This same design in Gumball Green or even the lighter Pistachio Pudding would work equally well.

Label 3D Frame - Apothecary Art - Lucky Limeade - watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps: Apothecary Art, Loving Thoughts

Ink: Lucky Limeade, markers in your favorite pinks and reds

Paper: Lucky Limeade, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Champagne Glimmer Paper, 2011- 2013 In Color Designer Series Paper stack (the set that retired in May)

Other: Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Tombow multi purpose glue, stampin’ dimensionals, glue dots – Sale-a-Bration 2012 ribbon

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Ever since Stampin’ Up released the shape based Framelit dies I’ve been hooked on creating frames and layered windows for cards.  Hooked too on the great deal of getting multiple sizes of the shape for one low price.    The new Magnetic Platform makes their use even easier than ever before.   Sadly that lovely tool is so popular that the supplier can’t keep up!   Stampin’ Up has assured us though that it should be back once again in early Fall.   Stampin’ Up could have kept the platform in back order status and continued to accept orders, but they just didn’t feel good about sitting on people’s money for extended periods without getting them their platform so they have temporarily turned that order number off.      Keep your eye open for it’s return in a few short weeks though…okay?   You really do want the Stampin’ Up one.   After all…you get me along with the platform right?  {grin}  And the great Stampin’ Up service and warranty guarantees that are so much easier to work with.

Back to the window frames…it really is easy.   I found this excellent video on YouTube that shows the process really well.

When you are done watching that come on back and take a look at a few other versions I created last St. Patrick’s Day.    Then give the technique a try for yourself.   It’s really very, very easy.   And addicting!

TIP: One tip I’ll pass along that I discovered.   Keep a sample frame of the smallest and largest on hand to use as a frame for your stamping so you get a feel for what and where you need to place your image.   Use the larger frame to center your stamping area and the smaller to see the overall size of image you are shooting for.    You can also put your frames through an embossing folder for a different kind of framed look.

TIP: And another tip.  If you have coordinating stamp sets for your Framelit dies they make an excellent choice for filling the windows.   I’m so grateful to Stampin’ Up for carrying over the lovely Apothecary Art stamp set to our newest annual catalog.   I love working with this shape and those images are elegant and vintage to boot.

SNEAK PEEK:   If you too love the label shape take a look at the new Thinlit Card dies that Stampin’ Up is making available for sale starting August 1.

Thinlit Card Die Flyer

Create your own flip cards in a single pass and check out all the accessory dies that come with the basic moving card die.  Whoo Hoo!  Stampin’ Up! does it again!

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Here are the St. Patrick’s Day versions – easily adapted to hearts or other images for othe celebrations.   Wouldn’t a Bird Punch image look lovely in place of the shamrock in the first card?

Label Window - Trust God Shamrock

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Label Window Card - Twin Shamrocks

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Label Window - dual shamrock

All images © Stampin’ Up!

St. Pats card inside

All images © Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Trust God, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Occasions Alphabet, various retired sentiments

Ink: Lucky Limeade

Paper: Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Champagne Glimmer Paper, 2011- 2013 In Color Designer Series Paper stack (the set retiring in May)

Punches: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Small Heart, Bird Builder, Wide Oval, Word Window, Scallop Circle (1-3/4”)

Other: Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Tombow multi purpose glue, stampin’ dimensionals, glue dots, Sale-a-Bration 2012 ribbon.

And the directions in case you would like them:

Shamrock Layered Frame card – with pictures  – PDF of directions

 

Here’s hoping your windows are showing something more lovely than fire smoke.   And that you can breath deep and stamp some fun windows on your world.

Hugs and blessings – Jean

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Jean. Looking at your window cards is much better than looking out my window and seeing more rain. We could each share our weather and it would improve both. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous cards.

    • I’ll take rain over fire smoke any day my friend. Trust me…you don’t want the smoke. Though it does remind me of my Dad’s pipe at times. 😀

  2. thanks for sharing, Jean!! 🙂

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