Holiday Greetings Window Card Tutorial

Happy December, everyone!

For the last couple days I’ve been finishing up a project, tweaking the new blog, creating a new facebook page, and working on this tutorial for you all!  Exciting times over here!  Most of my crafting recently (and for the next few weeks) has been geared towards Christmas.  I like to make as many homemade gifts as I can, as well as cards to go with the gifts, so I keep pretty busy this time of year.  That should be good news for you because it’s my plan to share with you some of what I’m working on!  Unfortunately, a good chunk of what I make this month will have to be kept on the DL until after Christmas since I don’t want to spoil anyone’s Christmas Surprise (heeeey GWETEs 😉 ), but I’ll have a plethora of cards and other goodies to share in the meantime.

And to kick things off, here’s a step-by-step tutorial for creating this awesome window card (the window is perfect for a family photo!):

What you’ll need to make this 4.5×6″ card:

  • A piece of solid card stock sized 9 1/4″ x 6″ for your card base (#1 for ease of reference)
  • A piece of coordinating patterned card stock or paper sized 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″  (#2)
  • Another piece of coordinating paper (I used solid red, just for a little pop) sized 3 3/8″ x 4 1 /8″  (#3)
  • One more piece of paper, coordinating or of the same color as the base, measuring 2 1/4″ x 3″  (#4)
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps, ink, and embossing powder
  • Rhinestone embellishments
  • Exacto knife, straight edge, and a pencil
  • Glue
  • Corner punch

First, score the card base (#1)   4 1/2″ from each short edge and fold to create a 4 1/2 x 6″ card with a 1/4″ “binding”

Next, using pencil draw a 2 1/4″ x 3″ rectangle in the middle of the front of the card (you can make the rectangle whatever size you want, but I found this size to fit well).  The rectangle should be 1 1/8″ from the top and bottom of the card and 1 1/2″ from the sides.  Measure in 1/4″ from each edge of the rectangle and draw another smaller rectangle–should measure 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.  Now connect opposite corners with diagonal lines.  Your card should look like this:

Score the edges of both rectangles and use your exacto and straight edge to cut along the diagonal lines.

Make valley folds along the small rectangle score marks and mountain folds along the large rectangle score marks.  You should now have a recessed window (I almost typed “winder,” which I thought was funny, so I shared) that looks like this:

Glue paper #4 into the window.  Use your corner punch to crop the corners of your card base and set the base aside.  The next 2 steps will be way easier if you have a die cut machine and nestable dies, but since I don’t (it’s on my wish list) I’ll do it the old fashioned way.

On the wrong side of paper #2 draw a centered 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ rectangle.  There should be 13/16″ clearance on top and bottom and 1 3/16″ clearance on either side.  Cut out your rectangle; keep the frame and set aside the little rectangle for later use.  Adhere your ribbon to the left side of the frame.  Crop the corners of the frame.

Do the same kind of thing and cut out a rectangle sized 2 3/8″ x 3 1/8″ from the center of paper #3.  There should be 1/2″ clearance on all sides.  Keep the frame and set aside the rectangle for later use.

Glue paper #3 to the front of the card, centering the frame around the window.  Glue paper #2 to the front of the card, centering the frame around the window.

Stamp your sentiment onto a coordinating scrap of paper, emboss, heat set, and then fussy-cut.  Adhere to the card just below the window.  You could use foam tape or dimensionals to make the sentiment pop up, but since the card is already 1/4″ thick I didn’t want to make it any thicker.

Stamp, emboss, heat set, and fussy-cut any other embellishments (I chose holly leaves) and adhere to the upper right corner of the window.  Apply other embellishments such as rhinestones or buttons as desired.  The front of your card is now complete, unless of course you want to put a family photo or other embellishments in the window!

On the inside, use the rectangles you set aside after making your frames to cover the back of the window.  Make sure if you want to decorate your rectangles that you do it before gluing it to the card!  Cut a strip of paper #2, adhere ribbon, and glue the strip to the bottom of the inside of the card.  Add your rhinestones et voila!  You’ve completed a gorgeous holiday greeting card!

I hope you enjoy making this card! If you like it but don’t want to make it yourself, follow the link on the side of the screen and check it out in my Etsy shop.

Have a lovely weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Holiday Greetings Window Card Tutorial

  1. Stephanie Moore says:

    Love this, Melody! I, though, am like your Mom and will enjoy the finished product as I don’t have one creative bone!

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