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Video: Die Cut Window Cards

Hello! Today’s video shares how to create die cut windows with a word suspended across. This technique is fun! So fun that I actually created four cards. I did these cards as part of the Virginia’s View Challenge where I am a guest. (More on that below.)

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know these cards have three things I am adore. First, they include word dies cuts. Second, they have a window. Third, the technique results in two cards at once. Bam!

For the first set of cards I show in the video, I started by inking white cardstock with Distress Ink and a fabulous Memory Box stencil for a tone-on-tone look. I then used some partial die cutting tricks to die cut a circle window with the Mama Elephant “hello” greeting suspended across it. The technique results in one continuous piece – with the word connected to the panel. I love this look!

After creating the die cut panel, I used the same stencil to apply embossing paste to the front of a white notecard. I then added the panel on top… lining up the stencil pattern in the paste with the stencil pattern in the inked die cut panel. I finished it off with my favorite sequins and silver dots using a Silver Paper Pen. Man oh man… I love the look of that “hello” suspended across that window!

I used the leftover die cut pieces from the first card to create this second. I started by masking around the edges of a white notecard with painters tape and applied embossing paste over the Memory Box Stencil. I then adhered the die cut pieces – lining up the pattern – and finished it with a small glitter die cut heart. Easy. And fast!

So those first two cards, I used partial die cutting tricks to create one continuous piece. For the next two cards, I cheated and did a much faster version of the technique. Any although the word isn’t really connected to the panel around the window, it is hard to tell! You can pick whichever technique you prefer.

I once again started with white cardstock and inked it lightly with Distress Ink. I then inked more over a dot stencil for a tone-on-tone look. After die cutting the word thanks from the inked piece, I die cut a heart around it. I taped the word into the heart in the panel (with the tape on the back) so it looks like the word is suspended across and is one with the panel. (A little cheating is welcome in crafting!) I kept this simple by just adding Wink of Stella to the dots and a bit of sequin and silver dot bling.

I adhered the leftover pieces on a mini card… and added Glossy Accents to the dots for some dimension and shine. I think this is my favorite of the four. So clean and simple.

VIRGINIA’S VIEW CHALLENGE

As I mentioned, these cards are for my guest spot over at the Virginia’s View Challenge Blog. I have shared in the past a few challenge blogs that I like… and this new one is one of the best out there. The sweet Virginia Lu leads it and there are some amazing ideas and submissions. You can draw inspiration from the challenge photo (below) and link over on the blog. I believe they have prizes, too! (Congrats, Virginia, on your awesome blog. I adore you and all that you are adding to this great hobby.)

SHOPPING NOTE

I have received many emails about me using products that are out of stock in stores. I just wanted to mention a few things about this:

  1. I take a lot of time to link to multiple sources/stores in the thumbnails at the end of each post. You can find these sources in the abbreviations under the product thumbnail. (Example: Click “EH” to see the product at Ellen Hutson.) Sometimes one store may be out of stock but another isn’t.
  2. I do not work for these stores so I have no real way of knowing how many are in stock before I use them.
  3. I do know that the stores I link to (except Amazon – not sure about them) are very good about placing reorders very quickly. However, sometimes manufacturers are very slow to fill those big orders. So just because you see something is “out of stock” in a store doesn’t mean that it isn’t on order.
  4. Please know that if something is out of stock, it is because many people also loved the product you want! πŸ™‚ Heck – I bought the product and used it because I love it, too. It happens. But thankfully there are lots of great products out there. (And I try to mention alternative products in my video.)

I really try my bestestestest to use a variety of products and share with you fun ways to use these products. I use what I love… and sometimes those things go out of stock. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by. Oh – and I will be back soon with winners from past giveaways. Thanks!

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74 thoughts on “Video: Die Cut Window Cards”

  1. Well ya just can’t please SOME people huh?!! I can’t believe anyone would have the nerve to complain about items being out of stock..maybe they would prefer it if you didn’t advise us on the best products? Honestly, if I were getting criticized about such ridiculous things as out of stock items and “rushing” video’s I wouldn’t want to make any more helpful video’s for ingrate’s!
    I will say it again, I like MOST of your followers value your suggestions and opinions on products.almost every craft item I have has been from your recommendation, if I have had to write it in my wish list book because it’s out of stock then I come back & buy it another day..easy!
    As for “rushing” video’s? I understand that as our teacher you want to show us as much as you possibly can in a short amount of time,after all you do have kids & a life to attend to as well,maybe video’s are made during Lila’s nap time or whenever you can SQUEEZE some time in!!
    You do a fabulous job Ms Jennifer no changes necessary!
    The only rambley one here is me πŸ˜‰

  2. Dear Jennifer,

    thank you for all the time you spend to create amazing videos, packed with helpful information. IΒ΄ve learned so much by wathcing your videos and trying the techniques with what I had on hand. Then, when I really want the shown product, I can put it on my wishlist. That way I have something to look forward to :O)
    You can hardly be held responsible for new/nice/interesting products selling out quickly…..

    Grateful greetings,
    Christine

  3. You always do amazing work! Loved this video, thank you for sharing your innovative techniques; I like the way you think! πŸ™‚ I know it takes a lot of time to blog (and do videos!!) as well as to link up all the products. Thank you for taking the time to freely share all your creativity, techniques and inspiration! You totally rock! And I appreciate that you keep my toe in the stamping world and stir up creativity in me. I flag your techniques to come back to later when I do get a chance to create. Blessings & hugs.

  4. I love everything you do for us (or should I say me). You inspire me, motivates me and make me think outside the box! Thanks for your time, dedication and for sharing your amazing talent! You are the best! God bless you and your beautiful family!

  5. It makes me sad to know that are people out there complaining about out of stock items, how rushed your videos are, etc. Here is my opinion I’m glad products are flying off the shelves that means you are inspiring lots of people and the stores can now order more product to fulfill new orders. If people can not find a product they can either wait, try to find it elsewhere or find something similar. Think outside the box people!!!!! You can even find something you already own that can be used in different ways!!!! As for your videos I love them! Short and long. I’m so grateful you take time to make them. If people think they are too fast they need to understand you can’t make a video that suits everybody’s preferences. If its to fast some people like it slower, if its slower some think it should be faster. People need to understand that you are not charging for your videos we are able to watch them all for FREE. FREE. FREE. So people can always watch as many time as needed. Jennifer videos are tutorials one can watch them and go and try the techniques at their own pace.

  6. I wanted to thank you for posting this fab video. Total lightbulb moment! I’m sure I’ll use this technique regularly–lots of bang for the creative buck. thanks again!

  7. This is my first time to view your site. I find it very helpful for a new card maker. I look forward to watching more of your tutorials. Thanks for your help. Karen Jaynes

  8. I like the partial die-cutting but I also like the fact that you showed the simpler way too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Oh, man! I think you have started something, Jennifer! I have made four of these so far and no end in sight! (rolling my eyes) I absolutely LOVE this technique….or techniques. The tone on tone is brilliant; but the window partial cut is genius! I have a couple of word stamps, but I think they are too delicate for this technique, so I am on the wait list for those you recommended. Gosh, I hope they get some in soon!

    I have made a point of watching your videos every day…and the inspiration and learning is awesome. Now to head out and give the vellum coloring a try. I may never see the outside of my studio again……

  10. Jennifer, your videos are amazing. Never apologize for their length. And items that you link to go out of stock because so many of us watch your videos and get inspired! The items always come back, and they are worth waiting for.

    By the way, I love this technique. I need more word dies!!

  11. I discovered you a couple of months ago. I don’t think I’ve watched all your videos yet but I’m getting close. They are wonderful and I’m learning a lot. Thanks!!!!

  12. I luv, luv, luv ur videos. I just signed up for ur newsletter and I’m so excited to start receiving
    Ur wonderful ideas and try ur techniques. Ty so much
    For sharing ur talent.

  13. I watched the yellow mint, and pink ice cream video on you tube, it was very enjoyable. not your best, but I got some good pointers from it. I wanted to sign up for your August card kit, but I don’t know i8f this is where I sign up for it, but this is the only place I could find.

    Thank you
    Jane Strozewski

  14. What fun techniques! Love both the ways you achieved this look and the awesome way you stretched your dies! I especially adore that last card and how the Wink of Stella highlights make the polka-dot appear 3-D. Such awesome cards! πŸ™‚

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