Frosted Window

by Holly McMillen

Add a frosty look to an image.


  • Light Neutral Colored Cardstock
  • Vellum Paper
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Fast Drying Ink
  • Open Line Stamp
  • Coloring medium of your choice


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image on both cardstock and on vellum.

    Even with quick drying ink, you will need to wait a few minutes for your ink to dry on the vellum.

    If you are using a clear stamp/clear block, it's easiest if you lay the vellum piece over the cardstock after you've stamped the cardstock so that your vellum image will line up without question.

  2. Step 2

    Choose at least three shades of each color you intend to use. Color the cardstock image with the darker shades and the vellum image with the lighter shades.

  3. Step 3

    Color the image on cardstock. Set aside.
    Flip the image stamped on vellum over and color the image with the lighter versions of what you used on the cardstock. Use the colored image as a reference. Remember, you are coloring in reverse, so if your image is detailed, you will want to keep that in mind. Let the vellum image dry.

  4. Step 4

    Apply dimensional tape to the backside of the vellum piece in areas that will be covered by other papers or embellishments.

  5. Step 5

    Line up your vellum over top of your colored image and affix.

  6. Step 6

    Use your completed frosted window on a card or other project! Enjoy!


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Frosted Window. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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So simple yet so beautiful! I can't wait to try this for Valentines Day cards!
Joanna Lessor  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 5:46 AM
Gorgeous Holly! I remember doing this a long time ago, maybe for one of your technique challenges. I did a daisy or something. Loved the look. Must try some new images now! Thanks for sharing!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 6:17 AM
Great easy new technique Beate & Holly! Will teach this one in my stamp class!
Susanne  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!! smile This is SOOO ATTRACTIVE!!! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM
Holly this is so gorgeous. The end result is fabulous and I really like the happy colors you chose.
Qbee  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM
Beautifull-can't wait to try it!
Darlene peterson  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM
this is the new Justrite Stampers Topsy Turvy Cakes
Rand  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Another lovely technique - am going to use it today for a special birthday card. Thank you
Marion Bull  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Can't wait to try this technique. I have just started making cards and really enjoy learning new techniques - thank you
Jane Richardson  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM
Looks like fun. Will definitely be trying this out.
Barbara Hickson  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. I love this.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM
Thanks for tutorial . Always like to try new
CAROLINE HILL  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM
I simply love this technique. I will try it out.
Guadalupe Sierra  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM
Love it!!!!!
Creative T.  |  Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM
This is a beautiful card & technique, I have a few stamps I think would look really good using this. Thanks for sharing.
Fiona  |  Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM
Where do you post the directions (paper,stamps & embelishments) that you use for your projects?
Fran MacDonald  |  Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM
I have one more question--how do you get the beautiful blue background behind the flowers? thank you for you help. fran macdonald
Fran MacDonald  |  Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM
Hi Fran,
I am sorry. I had forgotten to upload my card. It's in the gallery now. The blue background was colored with Copic Markers B0000 and B000.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Ohhhhhhhhh yeah!! Love the look of this, Holly! Great tutorial!

TexasGrammy  |  Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM
Cute idea, can't wait to try it.
Lynn  |  Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM

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