Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sentiment Windows

This week's Make it Monday from Papertrey Ink features Dawn McVey and shows us a technique that uses a sentiment window (video found here).  I had never really thought about doing this before, but I like it as the sentiment does double duty because it's visible from the outside and inside of the card.  It was super easy to do although I did mess up my first attempt by putting to many thick layers on my card front.  I liked the combination I had first, but I just couldn't get that third layer cut so I had to start over.  I'll save the other card for a different project. 

I started with a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock.  I cut a Pinefeather Bitty Big Plaid background panel using a stitched rectangle die. I am loving the prints in the Bitty Big Papers and I'm excited to see what colors we get this month. Then I used the oval die from Noted: Scalloped A2 Dies to cut the oval window in my card.  I decided to use some of the previously stamped Berry Branches from Betsy's Beautiful Berries: Winter that had been stamped in Pinefeather with Pure Poppy Berries. The shadows on the berries had been stamped in Scarlet Jewel but I covered that up with some red glitter and a quickie glue pen.  It was okay though because it gave me a guide for where to put the glue.

Next, I chose a sentiment from the "A Thrill of Hope" Stamp Set and using my card in my Mini MISTI, lined it up in the window so that it will show through on the front as well.  After using my powder tool on the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat set it with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I arranged the berry branches around the open window, being careful not to get any adhesive on the area that would go through to the card base.  I didn't, but if you accidentally get some on there, you can deactivate the sticky by putting some powder on it or using an adhesive eraser to remove it.  I will probably mail this card so I used sticky dot adhesive on there rather than foam tape.

This was super fast and easy to pull together and I still have several sets of the berry branches ready to go in other colors so I am planning to make a few of them.  Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out all the entries on Nichole Heady's Blog.


  1. Oh, what a lovely Card! The beautiful berries look terrific over your window. Great Colors also...

  2. Your berries look beautiful on the Pinefeather plaid and with the gold embossed sentiment! I can't look at any of PTI's new pattern paper after buying so much of it earlier this year! lol

    1. I didn't buy too much. Only 3 packs and I love the new packs so I'm glad I wanted.

  3. This is so pretty!! I really like the berries framing your embossed sentiment!

  4. Love the way you framed the window, Vicki. Your berry swags are gorgeous in those colors, and with the hit of glitter, so festive! Loving the new pattern paper too.

  5. WOW...this turned out absolutely GORGEOUS!! I kind of had the same idea as you but with reds instead of the greens, but absolutely LOVE how elegant yours turned out! LOVE the gold embossed sentiment with the green...SOOO pretty! And I think I'm as hooked on that Winter Berry set now as much as you...so fun to play with!! Lovely, lovely card Vicki!! :0)

  6. A beautiful Christmas card in traditional colors!

  7. Gorgeous! Love the colors, patterns, and embossing!

  8. Hmm, somehow I missed seeing this card before! It's very striking with the plaid and the oval window with berry branches. I do like pinefeather, and I'll enjoy using the new patterns in that color. Congratulations on being featured in the PTI Nov. newsletter today!


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