Monday, June 14, 2010

Jean Franks Beck: Peek-A-Boo Window Card

Hello everyone! I have divided today's tutorial into lots of small steps and lots of pictures - but don't let that scare you! These cards are simple and fun to make, so let's get started.

You will need:
One sheet of white or ivory cardstock (8 1/2 x 11 inches)
One piece of scrap vellum, at least 4 1/2 inches square
Circle cutter or circle die - 4 inch diameter
Ruler (grid-style ruler is easiest, but optional)
Self-healing mat
Paper piercer
Small standard hole punch
A 1-inch or 1 1/8-inch circle punch or circle cutter or die that will cut circles of this approximate size
Large focal image or stamp (you could also use a collage image)
Four small inchie-sized stamps or images that relate to your large focal image
One brad
Inks of your choice
Markers or colored pencils (optional)

1. Cut the white sheet of cardstock in half horizontally, and make a standard-sized card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) with one half.

2. Cut the remaining half sheet in half again. Use one of the resulting quarter sheets for your focal image. I stamped my fairy image, colored it with Copics, trimmed it, and mounted it on patterned paper. This is your focal image panel. Make sure your final focal image panel is the exact same size as the front of your card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches).

3. From the remaining quarter sheet of cardstock, cut out a 4-inch diameter circle - this will be your spinner. Cut out another 4-inch circle from your scrap piece of vellum - we’ll use this for a template.
4. Take your 4-inch vellum circle, mark the exact center of the circle (this is where the grid ruler comes in handy), and poke a hole in the center using your paper piercer. Using a 1-inch or 1 1/8-inch circle punch, punch one hole in the vellum circle, between the center mark and the edge. NOTE: Be sure to leave about 1/2 inch between the outer edge of the punched circle and the outer edge of the 4-inch vellum circle. This is your vellum template.
5. Place the vellum template on top of your focal image panel. Be sure that the edge of your vellum template aligns with the right side of your focal image panel at some point along the panel. Play around with the placement of the vellum template until its 1-inch punched hole lies over an area of your focal image panel that can be removed (that is, you don’t mind losing that part of the image). This is the area that will be cut away, creating a “window” through which the images on your spinner will be seen. Remember to make sure that those right-hand edges remain aligned, too. In my case, I positioned the hole over some leaves - the flowers and the fairy therefore remain intact. (Keep this step in mind when you are choosing your focal image.)
6. Once your vellum template is aligned the way you want it, put the following marks, in pencil, on your focal image panel:
- mark the center, where the brad will go
- trace the 1-inch hole onto your image, in pencil. This is where you will cut out the window.
- mark the point on the right-hand side of your card where the vellum template and the edge of the focal image panel are aligned. This is where you will punch the notch for the spinner to stick out.
7. Punch or cut out the 1-inch window that you traced onto your focal image panel. This forms the window through which you will see your inchie images on your spinner.

8. Take a 1-inch hole punch and punch a shallow semi-circle in the side of your focal image panel, centered around the mark you made where it aligned with the edge of the vellum template. (Sorry, no picture for this one, but see the next one for the idea.)

9. Hold your focal image panel over your card base as a placement guide, and use that same 1-inch hole punch to create an identical semi-circle in the front right-hand side of your card base. This will allow the spinner to stick out, so you can turn it.
10. Are you still with me? The fun part is next! (Really!) We’re going to decorate that spinner. First, use a standard hole punch to make notches all around the edges of the spinner (about 1/4 inch apart, but you don’t have to be exact).
11. Next, align the vellum template over the spinner. Mark the center, and pierce a hole with a paper piercer. Temporarily attach the two circles with your brad - loosely!

12. Now, use the hole in your vellum template to lightly trace 4 circles onto your spinner in pencil, spinning the vellum template as you go. You will erase the pencil lines later - these will just serve as a guide for where to put your inchie images. I also used the vellum template as a guide to where the “top” of each image should point - I put tiny “Xs” where the top was in each circle so that my inchie images would be right-side up in the window. Remove the vellum template, saving that brad!
13. Stamp your inchie images within the traced circles on your spinner. I chose to use 3 tiny nature images and a cupcake. (The inside of my card will say “Hope your birthday is filled with magical surprises!” Hence, cupcake.)
14. I colored my inchie images with Copics, then used Distress Ink to softly fill in the white spaces and color the edges of the spinner.
15. Insert the brad through the front of the focal image panel, then through the front of the spinner, and open the brad. NOTE: Do not make the brad too tight (flat), or your spinner won’t spin! Make sure you can freely rotate the spinner at this point, and loosen the brad if necessary. Also make sure you can see your inchie images through the window in front.

16. Apply adhesive around the back edges of your focal image panel, making sure you avoid the spinner and the little semi-circular notch where the spinner sticks out.
17. Align the focal image panel with the notched front of your card base and adhere. TA-DA! A Peek-a-Boo Spinner Card!

You could adapt this to many occasions - think Christmas (perhaps a tree with presents), Bon Voyage (a travel scene), Father’s Day (how about a fisherman, with inchie images of what’s lurking beneath the water) - let your imagination run with it.

Thanks for sticking with me - these are really quite easy to make, just a bunch of steps. Keep that vellum template! That will save lots of time the next time you make a card. You can also save some time by using a collage image or clip art for your focal image panel. Just have fun, and happy crafting!


  1. Great tutorial, I shall have to give this one a try , and loving the card :)

  2. Great tutorial and great photos.

  3. wow , thats lovely the colouring is just perfect.
    easy to follow steps.
    now I need to find the patience to try it out.

  4. Thank you for a great tutorial. Annette

  5. Completely stunning card, Jean! What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for the great tutorial - so many great tips!

  6. What an absolutely beautiful card and such great coloring! Great tutorial! Thank you!

  7. Wow- this tutorial is wonderful! Thank you for taking so much time to step it out for novices like myself- you make me think I could actually do this!!!

  8. This is just so beautiful! And what a fabulous tutorial. Thank you so much for taking the time to post it for us.

    Elaine Allen

  9. Awesome card...I will have to try one of these myself!

  10. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

  11. Wonderful - you make it so clear, and I am sure your method will help us avoid many easy to make mistakes! The tip about marking which way is up for the spinner images alone is worth more than the price of admission! ;-)

  12. What a clever idea. So cute!

  13. Jean way to rock the tutorial, really make sme want to go play!

  14. I think this is so very clever. Inneractive cards at their best!

  15. totally inspiring card and what a FAB tutorial...thanks hun x

  16. this is a fab tutorial. I must have a go at it sometime


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