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Grace's Garden Window Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a fun little card that I CASEd from the January-June Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!. I was searching for a little inspiration yesterday, because I just wasn't feeling crafty at all.  One of our cats passed yesterday which actually all started on late Wednesday afternoon.  So needless to say I was not feeling it yesterday or Wednesday, this little event threw us for a whirlwind.  So I went to what I do to start feeling creative again.  I looked through the catalogs to try and find a little inspiration.  And I came across this bundle and knew that I hadn't even touched it yet so I thought why not recreate one of the cards here.  So that's how this came about.  The card in the catalog is more of a square card and I made it into a regular old A2 size card.  Here's a look at the card.   You will find the A4 metric measurements for my card in ()'s for each piece of cardstock through out the post.

Tips & Tricks: 

I started off my card by die cutting the with arbor opening in my Sahara Sand Cardstock.  I just centered it on the 4 x 5 1/4 (14.4 cm x 10 cm) Sahara Sand cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine.  Next I took my Sahara Sand layer and layered it on my 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Thick Whisper White Card Base (14.9 cm x 21 cm) and lined up the die again and ran it back through to cut the window.  After that die cutting was complete I used the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and ran the Sahara Sand piece back through with the 3D Embossing Plate to emboss the wall.  If you run it through before die cutting you will flatten out your embossing.  

Next I took some Whisper White and cut the arbor and gate out using the die and my die cutting machine.  I added that to the front of the card using Liquid Glue.  I then cut the gate open with my Paper Snips so that it could be open just a little.  I then stamped the images I had planned to use in Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with my Highland Heather and Mossy Meadow (Light and Dark) Stampin' Blends.  I then die cut those out with the matching dies.  I also cut out one of each vine dies from some scrap of Mossy Meadow Cardstock. 


I started adhering the vines down first after I arranged everything on my card front.  To do this I used a mixture of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Fine Tip Glue mixed in my Fine Tip Glue Bottle.  The combination of glues add the best of both for maximum adhesion.  Once the vines were attached I then started add the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals on some and Liquid Glue on one.  I wanted a few different layers on the card so this was the best option.

Next I took a 3 x 5 1/2 (7 cm x 14.9 cm) piece of Whisper White Cardstock and did a little ink blending over it using just Highland Heather Ink.  I used the ink blending technique to create a Ombre look to this piece of cardstock.  I then placed it where I wanted it to go inside the card and closed my card.  I used Gorgeous Grape Ink (because I was to lazy to put the sentiment in my Stamparatus and double stamp it with Highland Heather Ink to get a dark color) and stamped the sentiment in the window opening.  

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Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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Rick