Looking Through The Church Window

Hello Crafters

I know I was absent last weekend, but Peter and I was having a well derseved weekend break, our first one, and then when we got back to reality, you guessed it, we had to pull our socks up and get our house in order. We did however have a lovely weekend away in Norfolk at a little place called Market Thorpe. The hotel, The Green House, was out of this world and if you ever get the chance to go there you absolutely must! It was a first class beautiful little B & B, and I doubt if you will find a more welcoming place. The breakfast was scrummy and all from local resources, so treat yourself and go and have a wonderful time….we just did 🙂 Big thank you to Liam and Alan for looking after us so well!!!

Although we was only away for 2 days, I missed my crafting, so as soon as we were back, Pete went off down the allottment and I went in the craft room! We are never without something to do, and I always like to be busy, so for us to do absolutely nothing for two days was quite a feat!

On my return, I started to think about an idea that had been rumbling around for some time, and it turned out really well:-

Xmas WindowINGREDIENTS:

  1. EMBOSSING FOLDER – Tim Holtz Texture Fades Brick
  2. DIES: Spellbinders Window ThreeMix ‘ n ‘ Match Ornaments
  3. PUNCH: Martha Stewart Branch Punch
  4. CARD: Gold Pearlescent, White 300 gsm, Dark Green, Acetate
  5. INK: Peeled Painted, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Ink, Clear Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder
  6. ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Icicles Stickles, Internal church scene i.e. manger scene.
  7. TOOLS: Heat Gun, Cosmic Shimmer Clear, Hot Glue Gun, Repositionable Tape or Magnetic Mat for cutting machine.

RECIPE:

  1. Make a top fold card base using gold pearlescent card 14 cm x 11 cm
  2. Using a piece of 13.6 cm x 10.6 cm white card, place the Windows Three die where you want the window on your card front. You may need a magnetic mat or repositionable tape to hold in place. Once cut, remove the die but leave the window in the die ready to emboss your window, then emboss with brick folder.
  3. Emboss the window.
  4. Using the Antique Linen distress ink, lightly add colour all over, and then with peeled paint distress ink, add to edges and small areas to create an old wall.
  5. Using Pumice Stone distress ink, colour the window.
  6. Cut a piece of acetate to cover the window opening and glue window to acetate.
  7. Place a scene of your choice behind the window and glue in place. Foam mount the brick and window in place on the front.
  8. Punch 30 branch pieces and randomly adhere to the card front to make it look like bushes/trees. I used a hot glue gun to adhere to the card so they would stay in place.
  9. Cut and emboss a christmas bauble. Stamp Sentiment on bauble with clear versamark ink and heat emboss with gold powder. Adhere to front of card.
  10. Decorate as desired.

For the inside of the card I used the same scene as the window, just enlarged it to fit the card, and mounted on gold pearlescent card. I decorated with another bauble and sentiment.

Here is a side shot of the card so you can see the depth of the branch punch.

Xmas window close up

It looks really good and very Christmasy, but was quite quick too.

I have made lots of other cards that  I will be posting soon but have a go at this yourself and let me know how your card turns out, always love to hear from you.

Hugs

Kim x