by Lynn Mercurio
Create a beautiful recessed window for your main image.
- One piece of 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" cardstock, folded in half
- Craft Knife
- Bone Folder and/or other scoring tool
- Patterned Paper
- Adhesive Permanent and repositionable
- Supplies to finish your card
Use a ruler to measure an outside square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" on your card front. Trace lightly with a pencil.
Measure in 1/4" and trace another square within the first square. As a last step, trace an "X" from outside corner to outside corner.
Here, the window was placed slightly higher than center to allow ample room at the bottom for the sentiment. Placement of the window depends on your final design.
Using a craft knife and ruler, cut from outside corner to outside corner, creating an "X" opening.
Using a scoring tool, to score both the inside and outside squares.
Turn your project over, and use a bone folder to burnish the "X" outward using the outer scored lines.
Burnish the X inward using the inner scored lines.
Turn your project over to the front - it should look like this.
(Skip to Step 14 if you aren't covering the front of your project with patterned paper.)
Trim patterned paper a bit smaller than the front of your card ( here, 5" x 5") and use repositionable adhesive to secure it to the front.
If you don’t have repositionable adhesive or tape, take a piece of regular tape and rub it on your clothes to remove some of the stickiness. Make a loop and use this as your repositionable adhesive.
Flip the project over and use a pencil to trace around the square on the backside of the patterned paper.
Remove from the front of your card after tracing
Cut out your square from patterned paper as shown.
Adhere patterned paper to the front of the project with permanent adhesive.
Using the square removed from the patterned paper as your guide, cut TWO pieces of complimentary paper to use for the background of therecessed window and for the backside of the window (on the inside of your card).
Apply permanent adhesive to the four flaps and press background paper into place.
Your project should look like this from the inside of the card.
Apply the second piece of complimentary paper from Step 11 to the backside of the recessed window.
Add a focal image and embellish as desired.
The finished card measures 5-1/4" X 5-1/4" and, because of its recessed window, will require special packaging if you intend to mail it. The best way to mail would be to package in an acrylic box or something similar with tissue paper placed around the inside of the card around the recessed window to prevent it being crushed. Better yet, hand-deliver your gift to a friend or family.