Thursday, August 15, 2013

Layered Window Frame Card (August Class Project)

This card was inspired by Laura Lipe, whose card was recently featured in my "Weekly Inkling" from  (See more info about this below.)

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Stamp Sets:
* Serene Silhouettes
* Papaya Collage
* Really Good Greetings

* Chocolate Chip card stock (11" x 4-1/4")
* Baked Brown Sugar card stock (about 4-1/2" x 4-1/2")
* Naturals Ivory card stock (3-1/4" x 1-1/2" - 2 pcs.; about 4" x 4")

* Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad
* Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Magnetic Base
* Labels Collection Framelits Dies
* Stampin' Sponge
* Stretch Ruffled Ribbon (Baked Brown Sugar)
* Crystal Effects
* SNAIL Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Additional Tools and Supplies:
* Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Glue Dots also may work)


1. Score 11" x 4-1/4" card stock at 3-1/2" and 7-1/2"; turn paper over and score at 4-1/2" and 6-1/2".  Fold away from score lines.

2. Center largest die in Labels Collection over folded card stock; roll through Big Shot to create card base.

3. Use second from largest die to cut shape from Baked Brown Sugar card stock; use third from largest die to cut shape from Naturals Ivory card stock.

4. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Baked Brown Sugar ink to edges of all Naturals Ivory and Baked Brown Sugar card stock.

5. Use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp one end of frame from Payapa Collage on each of the two 3-1/4" x 1-1/2" pieces of Naturals Ivory; adhere one to front of each side flap on card base.

6. Use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp flowers near left edge of Naturals Ivory Window Frame shape; WITHOUT REINKING, lightly stamp another image slightly to the upper right of first image.  Reink stamp and stamp another flower image near the lower right edge of shape.  Stamp sentiment near top right edge of shape (refer to photo for placement). Tie a knot in ribbon (pull edges of ruffle out as you tighten knot to create the rosette); use hot glue or glue dots to adhere ribbon across bottom front of shape and to secure ends on back.

7.  Use SNAIL or Liquid Glue to adhere Baked Brown Sugar Window Frame shape to raised center 2" of Chocolate Chip card base.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Naturals Ivory shape over Baked Brown Sugar shape.

8.  Use Crystal Effects to trace over the letters in the words "LIVE" and "IMAGINED."  Dab Crystal Effects at ends of the two darkest flower images (I didn't add any to the lighter shaded flower).

That's it!

I know without photos these instructions may be difficult, so to see a wonderful tutorial on how to make this card -- complete with photos, visit  Click on the "Tutorials" tab and look for the "Layered Window Frame."  I varied from the original instructions in only a couple of areas -- i.e., I did NOT trace around and cut one of the shapes -- I used the dies as they came in the package.

And now for the fun part!  Here are some photos showing variations of this same card.

This wonderful holiday card was made by Teresa Buchholz, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Raleigh, NC.  To see more of Teresa's creations, visit her blog at

This sympathy card was made by my friend Kay Weaver, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Northglenn, CO.

This is another wonderful creation by Laura Lipe.  How fun is this?!  You can view more of Laura's fun and beautiful creations at
And finally, this Halloween card is a design I will be using to show this technique to my Stampin' Up! demo buddies at the August Front Range Stampers meeting.  These photos really show what a versatile design this layered card can be.  Hope you enjoy it!

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