Hello, today’s card is a fancy one…featuring the window framelit from the Hearth and Home set converted into a door and a cat playing peek-a-boo!
This card is for my first ever Stampin’ Up! blog hop, over at the Global Design Project. This week’s challenge is to create anything Christmas themed (see the rest of the submissions here #GDP011).
I think this card fits the bill perfectly, don’t you?
When assembling the card I cut two wreaths; one which is stamped and ‘hangs’ on the front of the door, and the other for the inside of the door (pictured below) to cover up the adhesive from the wreath on the front, which was visible through the Window Sheet.
The cat sitting inside the card is from the Festive Fireplace set. Notice the cat’s tail is curled out to the side (rather than hanging down – like it is pictured in the stamp set)?
To achieve this look I stamped the cat’s body first, using a Post-It note to mask the tail. I then thoroughly cleaned the stamp, masked the body with the Post-It note and stamped the tail. Because the stamp is photopolymer i.e. transparent, it is super easy to line up the tail to the cat’s body (without the aid of a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig).
Colouring the cat
Blender Pens were used to colour in the cat. I added the stripes as my first layer of colouring was quite blotchy – the perfect way to disguise my lack of blending! 😀 If I were to create the card again I would probably stamp and cut out the cat from watercolour paper as the Whisper White paper pilled/tore a little (though it’s not too bad because the texture looks like fur).
The following photo is a close up of some of the cute details: the stamped wreath with red berries (thanks to the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker), an itty bitty sparkly bow from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set, hardwood textured door and gold door handle.
Edited to add:
Colouring the bricks
To achieve the look of the brick wall with white grout I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the brick wall embossing folder, then very lightly brayered Sahara Sand over top of the embossed bricks. The raised areas (the bricks) pick up the colour/ink, turning brown, while the depressed areas (the grout) do not pick up the ink, staying white
Creating the door
To create the door using the window framelit I have used the partial die cutting technique…this technique is a fun way to ‘stretch’ your framelits and create larger or smaller shapes by strategically placing the top acrylic cutting pad when running the framelit through the Big Shot.
To cut the door:
- Partially die cut the majority of the window, leaving the very bottom edge of the framelit uncovered by the top acrylic cutting pad and running this through the Big Shot.
- Carefully remove the framelit and place it on top of the window you just cut, fitting the top two window panes of the framelit into the bottom two panes of the window cut out.
- Cut the bottom third of the door with the same partial die cutting technique, placing the top cutting pad over the bottom two panes of the window framelit. Run this through the Big Shot, remove the framelit, and you will have created a door using a window framelit!
My fellow Aussie demonstrator Angela Lorenz created a handy photo tutorial here, which illustrates the placement of the top cutting pad.
Hope you liked this card. Be sure to hop along to the Global Design Project #011 and check out the rest of the Christmas projects. If you are interested in any of the products I have used please see the list/links below. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment 🙂
Rachel and Katie xx
- Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White A4, Soft Suede A4, Wild Wasabi A4, Red Glimmer Paper, Window Sheet
- Stamp Sets: Festive Fireplace, Hardwood
- Inks: Sahara Sand (bricks and cat), Soft Suede (door – stamped off), Chocolate Chip (wreath and cat), Memento (cat)
- Big Shot: Brick Wall TIEF, Hearth and Home Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Festive Fireplace Framelits
- Accessories: Brayer, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker, Blender Pens, Gold Brad