Recessed Window

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

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Craft Knife

  • Bone Folder and/or other scoring tool

  • Patterned Paper

  • Adhesive Permanent and repositionable

  • Supplies to finish your card


  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    Using a craft knife and ruler, cut from outside corner to outside corner, creating an "X" opening.

  3. Step 3

    Using a scoring tool, to score both the inside and outside squares.

  4. Step 4

    Turn your project over, and use a bone folder to burnish the "X" outward using the outer scored lines.

  5. Step 5

    Burnish the X inward using the inner scored lines.

  6. Step 6

    Turn your project over to the front - it should look like this.

  7. Step 7

    (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.

  8. Step 8

    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

  9. Step 9

    Cut out your square from patterned paper as shown.

  10. Step 10

    Adhere patterned paper to the front of the project with permanent adhesive.

  11. Step 11

    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).

  12. Step 12

    Apply permanent adhesive to the four flaps and press background paper into place.

  13. Step 13

    Your project should look like this from the inside of the card.

  14. Step 14

    Apply the second piece of complimentary paper from Step 11 to the backside of the recessed window.

  15. Step 15

    Add a focal image and embellish as desired.

  16. Step 16

    Finished card.

    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.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thanks for this wonderful project. I love printing out the written directions and watching the video too before I even begin a project. Then I can refer back to each one when needed. Love this look.
Darlene L  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 6:27 PM
Great design. Can't wait to play with it. Thank you for taking the time to share.
Christine  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 6:28 PM
Thank you again for another great tutorial!
I love these new instructional videos, they are so helpful! Beautiful card and great instructions!
Carol  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 4:46 AM
Thanks so much for the awsome video. I think
your videos added to the SCS Weekly Inklings
are absolutely the greatest. Many times I can't picture how to do them, so I don't even try. Since you have added the videos, I try all of them. Thanks again!
Carik  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM
Love this card! can't wait to try it.
Lisa  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM
Beautifull card, im off to make some with a christmas theme, thank you for a geat video.
Jayneo  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 11:04 AM
This is such a lovely card. Thanks
Ruby  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM
Beautiful card, I'm going to give it a try. I really like the colors & papers used.
Marge  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM
Thank you so much for sharing. This is a great idea. It gives so much depth and layer to the cards. Great cards!
Jan Carlson  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 6:22 AM
Well now...I guess if I'd watched the video first, I'd have seen Beate add that 1/4"! But, I think that adding the stryofoam piece to aid in shipping/mailing is still a good idea...blush...
Diane  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 2:43 PM
Thank you Lynn for the great tutorial and thanks also to Beate for the video. This is just a stunning card and i'm definitely going to give it a try!
Lynn  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 5:57 PM
Thank you so much! Watching the video really helped me. I just finished a card that I made using this technique for my daughter's birthday.
Alyce  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM
I finally took the time and watched the video, I wish I had watched it first. Now I'll try the card again. I like the video tutorial much better than the written. Never could follow written directions very well. I used to frustrate my mom who tried to teach me to sew using a dress pattern ---- you can imagine how well I did smile
Marge  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM
Forgot to ask, is there a place to go to see archived tutorial videos?
Marge  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM
Thanks for the great video tutorial Beate.
After watching I really feel like I could make a card like that. Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I can't wait to try one of these myself.

quinn57  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 8:34 PM
really nice!
Franziska  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 8:16 AM
Thanks so much for this fabulous tutorial!! I had so much fun making one!!
Rose Ann  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 9:10 AM
Thanks so much for the tutorial, I can't wait to try it!
Leslie  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 5:57 AM
This was great, can't wait to try it!
Leslie  |  Sat Aug 22, 2009 at 4:49 AM
Thank you so much for the tutorial...the card is amazing!!! Can't wait to create my own.

Terry  |  Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 8:07 AM

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