Hope you enjoyed this weekend’s VC Rocks Blog Tour! It caught me by surprise, LOL… a two day hop when I had planned to feature a second tutorial on Sunday!
If you happened to miss it, yesterday’s Blog Hop theme was “Anything but a Card” and featured a tutorial on using the new small Textured Embossing Folders along with a display of 12 ATC’s (Altered Trading Cards).
I’m also offering blog candy in conjunction with the blog tour… and giving away a clear mount “Bring on the Cake” Stamp Set. All YOU have to do is leave a comment on last weekend’s Super Saturday Tutorial… a winner will be announced next Saturday!
As many of you know, last week was the First Wednesday Card Club Meeting. One of three cards members made at that meeting featured a layered window card using the Autumn Days Stamp Set. This is the one we made in the club meeting.
The focal image was masked and sponged on the inside of the card but is also viewable from the outside through the punched, layered window.
Isn’t it fun? TWO masks were cut… one for use with Daffodil Delight Classic Ink and sponge, and a second for use with Tangerine Tango Classic Ink and sponge. Having two masks prevented cross contamination of the ink pad… providing directions were followed, LOL.
At the First Wednesday Card Club, I also shared this stepped-up version of the same card featuring tiny trinket keys, button tied ribbon knot embellishment, glitter brads, and simpler layered window punched focal image.
LOL, I actually made this card for the Our Creative Corner Trinket Challenge… and then forgot to post it! What a crazy week it was… the challenge is now closed, but the entries were fun, you can visit Our Creative Corner by clicking on the link in my side bar.
The interior of the card was stepped up too..
Adding an extra band of Soft Suede embossed card stock along the bottom, weighting the image and also giving it a stronger masculine appeal.
So… today’s Layered Window Card Tutorial Duo isn’t going to tell you how to mask and sponge… you can learn all about masking on Splitcoaststampers, in the resources / tutorials section.
Instead, I’ll share how to create the punched windows featured on both cards shown above!
Squared Edge Layered Window Technique:
The simpler of the two layered window techniques was created using both 1-1/4” and 1-3/8” Square punches.
The Cajun Craze Card Base Layer
- An A2 card fold-over was created by cutting Cajun Craze card stock to 4.25” x 11”, and scoring in the middle at 5.5”/
- Next, the 1-1/4” square punch was inserted along the edge of the Cajun Craze card stock as far as it would go, down about 3/4” from the scored card stock fold. Note: The inner edge of my punch is even/flat. I just eyeballed where I wanted to start and end punching in this step… but you could measure and draw a line to ensure the punch starts/stops where you would like.
- Next, line up the punch in exactly the same way (butting into the card stock) and punch a square closest to the BOTTOM edge of the card front.
- This will leave a small area that needs to be removed.
- It’s best to punch opposite ends of the window first so that you can ensure the center punched lines are parallel.
- Your Card Base layer is now done! If you happen to have sloppy edges in your punched window, they can easily cleaned up with a sanding block.
Creating the top (Very Vanilla) card stock layer for the squared layered window:
- To create the top layer of the squared layered window, cut Very Vanilla Card stock 5-1/4” x 4-3/8”.
- Line up the Very Vanilla card stock on TOP of the punched Cajun Craze layer. Make sure that all edges are evenly spaced. You will have 1/16” showing along each side, and 1/8” along top and bottom edges.
- Holding both layers firmly together, flip it over and use a pencil to outline the opening.
- Now punch out the window using the 1-3/8” square punch, butting and with an even amount of card stock showing within the punch opening and around the pencil line.
- Now punch as you did in steps 2 through 5, ends first and then removing the middle portion of the window.
- Remove any unevenly punched areas using sanding block.
- Now line up the Very Vanilla card stock window on top of the Cajun Craze card stock so that you check alignment. If you happen to flip it over, the alignment may be off.
- Pick up the card stock and trim the edge to the right of the window so that the Very Vanilla card stock layer now measures 4-1/4”. Be careful not to flip the card stock over to cut… you want to cut and place on Cajun Craze in the exact same order.
So… that’s how the squared layered window was created. For the Scallop Punch layered window, there’s a little different twist!
Creating a Scalloped Window Layer
- Follow steps 1 through 4 for the Very Vanilla card stock layer to find the positioning for your window. The order in which you punch out the scalloped window layer will differ from the squared layer.
- Line up and punch the scallop square opening closest to the folded edge of the card stock.
- Move the punch over three scallops, and punch the center out of the rectangular window. Check closely to ensure that the scallops are aligned correctly (no card stock should be showing in the last two scallops.)
- Move the punch over again and punch the remaining portion of the rectangle. The number of scallops you move over this time will be defined by the length of your rectangle.
- Again, you will make sure that the scallop window aligns correctly on your card stock layer as performed in step 7 and 8, ultimately reducing the width of the Very Vanilla card stock measurement to a width of 4-1/4”.
Now it’s ready to attach and/or emboss!
You may have noticed that I am using the old style punches for my demo… and I know you’re going to ask… YES! this technique will work using the new style punches too… here’s a sample window I created with my Decorative Label Punch in the new, flat punch style.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s bonus tutorial. I look forward to reading your comments and viewing your samples. Please be kind and link back to this tutorial should you feature it in your online galleries, blogs, or uploads.