Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vellum Window Card Tutorial

Today is another Crafty Designer Day over at Craft Junkie Too!! This week Tracy challenged us all to share a project of our choosing... how fun is that.  So I am sharing a tutorial.  :) A little while back, I shared this wonderful vellum window card, I had several visitors ask for a tutorial. Feel free to download the PDF of this tutorial (via 4 or you can even download the Gypsy file too.

Here is the card I will share today:

Here are the pieces you'll need:
1: two frames from Cindy Loo - welded together and a bird card from Serenade welded into the card front
2: Same two frames from Cindy Lou - sized a little smaller (for a second card layer insert)
3: One of the frames (center hidden) cut in vellum
4: One birdcage - with bird - from April Showers (sized to 3.5")
5: One birdcage - without bird - from April Showers (sized to 3.5")
6: a second frame - same as the card front - but without the welded card back.

Card body frames are sized to : 5.5" x 4.75"
Card insert frames are sized to 5.25" x 4.5"

Step 1: piece together the bird and her cage layer. I used dark blue shimmer paper for the bird layer and white glitter paper for the cage.

Step 2: glue the bird cage layer onto the card front frame.  For the frame, I used this wonderful brown paper with tiny blue polka-dots (from DCWV Butterfly and Blooms stack)

Step 3: glue the vellum layer to the top of the card base layer. I used scotch quick dry glue... it shows through but it won't matter because we'll cover it in the next step.

Step 4: Attach the frame (with bird cage later) to the card base.  You will be sandwiching the vellum layer between the card base and your frame layer.

Step 5: fold your card base insert and attach to the inside of your card.  You can skip this step, but anything you write in your card will show through the vellum layer.  On the other vellum window card I made, I didn't have the heart to write in it! :)

This is what the insert looks like opened up. See, lots of room to write now! :)

Here is the completed card.  See how the blue card insert shows through the vellum?

To finish off the card front, I added some white gel pen stitches, flat back adhesive pearls and a  light blue sheer bow.

I stamped this sentiment on the top of the insert. This stamp is from My Pink Stamper's Punny-licious set.  I lined this stamp up to hide under the bird when the card is closed.  I added some more white gel pen stitches on this layer.

And here is the final layer of the card. I stamped a Scrappy Mom's stamp here.  More gel pen stitches and I am done! :)

I just LOVE how this card turned out.  Here I held the card front up in front of my crafting light.  I love how the light shows through and illuminates the birdcage.

Once again, here is a link to the PDF of this tutorial, you can easily print the tutorial to take to your craft space.  It includes all the steps and pictures too.

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Georgiana said...

I love your window cards and the instructions you have included are even better. Now I can add it to my list of projects to try. I only have another week of meetings (afer this one) and then I will have two weeks to be able to try ALL those new projects.

Carson's Creations

Shelley said...

So pretty Cheryl! Such detail and so many layers! Simply beautiful!

Shelley - fellow CJToo DT member

Unknown said...

Your card is beautiful!!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!!

Unknown said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!! So classy and lovely. That is truly an awesome photo with the light shining through the vellum too :)

Unknown said...

This is beautiful! LOVE it!
Kristy (fellow CJ Too DT member)

Unknown said...

Cheryl this is beautiful. Thank you so much for the tutorial. What a lot of work you put into this post, I so appreciate it. I want to try to do one of these. Thank you again, you're wonderful. Hugs, Pam at

Jean said...

Great card and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut this week.

Jen said...

Great card and wonderful tutorial, Cheryl! Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Cooking With Cricut this week.

~ Jen, CWC Design Team

Madison said...

Wow, such a pretty card. Great tutorial. TFS and thanks for playing with us at Cooking With Cricut this week.
~Madison CWCDT

Roberta Guditis said...

Beautiful card!!!! Thanks for playing with us at Cooking with Cricut :)

~Roberta, CWC DT