Monday, June 14, 2010
Jean Franks Beck: Peek-A-Boo Window Card
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)
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!