Sunday, August 15, 2010

Through the Window

Some challenges are definitely more challenging than others. This week the challenge on Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog was to create a card or project with a window that you could see an image through. What made it challenging for me was that I didn't just want to cut a hole in the front of the card. I knew I wanted to use Katrina, but I needed a Gothic window for my purpose. I headed over to the Tiddly Inks Store, and lo and behold Christy had added a Gothic window that was perfect. It even had a little scene in the window opening. I took a program called Snag It and captured just the scene. I brought that image into Photoshop Elements and duplicated and added the second to the first to make a forest of trees.

I used a white cardstock for my base and cut the hole for window. Next step was to print the image, and then flip it and print it again (for the inside and the outside of the card)on some great mingled gray paper I had in my stash stack. I then printed the image again on two different shades of textured gray cardstock. I then very slowly and laboriously cut out each of the "stones" and glued them to the inside and outside of the card. It was sort of like laying stones.

Once that was done, the next step was to get out my copics and start coloring. The scene is the one I made with PSE. My heroine is the beautiful Katrina and the butterflies are actually part of a set of three called FlutterFlies and were another find in the store. I think I got my cutting certificate today with all the cutting out of small shapes that I did. My last and almost biggest challenge was to come up with a sentiment for this card. I knew it needed something to do with fairy tales. I went to my first sentiment source, Create with TLC, and found not one but two sentiments that worked perfectly.
Glad you stopped by. Since I kept this card to the standard size for OWH, it's going in my box. I hope some little girl gets this card from her dad. Can't you imagine how special she'll feel?


  1. Wow, that was a lot of work, but the card turned out really nice. I imagine it is even better in person with the dimensions of cutting out the stones. Thanks for the detail directions. Just may have to try this one out for myself.

  2. This is amazing Shirley! Love all the details! ~jeni :)

  3. Fabulous digital work! and that cutting! WOW! Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inkers this week! xxD

  4. That was a lot of work, Shirley and it paid off....loveliness all around. :)

  5. Gorgeous card Shirley! It was a lot of work I guess, but it looks fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks!


  6. Wow! All your hard work paid off, it's beautiful.

  7. I'm sure some little girl would LOVE to get this card from her Daddy... Great job on it! LOVE the trees!

    Thanks for playing along with the Tiddly Inkers this week... I hope to see you again next week!