Monday, October 13, 2008

Torn window

This is a really nice technique for any single image- I love the organic feel to the card as opposed to most of my neatly diecut windows with embossed edges that I tend to do. With this and a simple sentiment on the card itself- simplicity-

It feels like there was this secret behind the front panel and you tore it open to take a peek inside.

Here I used A Cardinal Christmas from the SU holiday mini catalogue in black ink on 4x4 whisper white CS and colored in quick with watercolor crayons. Take real red CS 81/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half and versamark the snowflake (hard to see I know). Cut an x with a craft knife where you think you want your image then tear the edge- make sure you leave at least 1/2 inch around the edge to tape the white CS from behind. I really like the edges to be rough- you can use the distressing tool or your fingers- I like to roll the edges and tear it so the rolls go in 2 different directions too. The sentiment is stamped on a inch wide strip and punched with keytag punch doing one side at a time to allow for the longer length -then horizontal slot punch- cut a strip of kiwi paper and thread through and tape down with dimensional behind the tag to add some depth.

This is the card I had for my stamping party- - same technique as above - here it looks spooky to have it torn- Stamp House of Haunts on Orange CS in black ink then use Green galore watercolor crayon directly on paper to get that opaque look on the moon, window and tombstones. Do not use water or blender pen over it. Tear the black CS as noted above then stamp Happy Halloween from same set and punch out with Wide oval and the sides with the horizontal slot punch. Sponge the edges to make it even more spooky. Cut a slit on the fold of the card to thread the ribbon and then thread Kiwi Kiss ribbon throught the tag, through the slit then aroung and through the right side of the oval and tape down so the edges are hidden.

This is an easy formula to duplicate with any season card. Couldn't you see a little bunny sitting in a basket behind the torn window for spring? or a valentine heart throbbing behind a red card?

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