Friday, May 2, 2008

Window Pane Cards

The Cricut Message Board can be a bad influence on me sometimes! For example, this morning, I just peeked in to see what was new and a group of Cricut addicts were watching the shopping channel QVC. They made it sound so interesting that I started watching and, sure enough, I spent a bit over $60 (stamps and other goodies).

One thing I did figure out was that I DO NOT NEED the Big Shot die cutter/embosser. I have a Cricut and a Cuttlebug and the Design Studio software! The item attracting everyone's attention was a magnetic die holder that allowed you to do window cutouts. I took one look and thought to myself "that would be so simple to do with the DS software" and while (against my better judgment) I continued to watch the items for sale, I opened up DS and made some files.
Here is the basic shape - the first card they displayed was a four opening window like this

They look very cute when you add a photo behind the window - here are a few examples...

with people or scenery...

Here is a nine pane option

You could also decorate the front of the card as if you are looking in the window - here are a few flowers to give you an idea of how to start (I can see little curtains, a window box, grass, etc.)

Glitter card stock behind the openings is very pretty

add a decoration

or a lot of shapes

You will be left with some one inch or three quarter inch squares - save these for another project

As you adapt and change your grids be careful to line the squares up properly - here you can see that the bottom center square on the lilac card is slightly off (a bit too far to the right) - for these I used smaller squares offset like the four panes version.

You can also add a backing sheet and fill the spaces with stickers - here I used some flower stickers in a tic tac toe grid - cat's game (does everyone call it that when no one wins?)

I also like it turned as a horizontal card - you could add a stamp or word sticker appropriate for the occasion (this is a good way to use up some old "sprinkle stickers").

These are so simple I am almost embarrassed to share them but I know that many people are just getting the software and learning to use it so I thought I'd post them to help out. As usual I worked them up in George and Plantin Schoolbook so all bug owners should be able to use them - even those with just the trial software.

You can use these for note cards - I set all these files up as 4 x 5 but when you look at the files you will see how quickly they can be adapted to a larger size if you want and the number and size of "window panes" you desire.

4 x 5 window pane card - 4 panes - George

4 x 5 window pane card - 4 panes - Plantin Schoolbook

4 x 5 window pane card - 9 panes - George

4 x 5 window pane card - 9 panes - Plantin Schoolbook

4 x 5 window pane card - 9 panes offset - George

4 x 5 window pane card - 9 panes offset - Plantin Schoolbook


  1. These are great!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. Thank you for sharing your window pane cards. They are great. I love the 9 pane one. I wanted that QVC die but couldn't bring myself to pay that price. You have saved me $. Thank you so much.

  3. Wow! You are quick with cut. designs!! Thank you so much for sharing these.

  4. What a fab idea! I will definately give this a try and thank you for working it out You've probably saved all of us a few

  5. Thank you again for your time and talent. I downloaded two of the George cards. You are too sweet! :-)

  6. Wow, thank you for these. I saw those on QVC and was thinking about ordering it, but they were sold out. I really appreciate everything you do!!!

    Thanks again!

  7. Diane,

    You continue to amaze me! Thank you for sharing.


  8. Amazing as always! Thank you for sharing


  9. Thanks again for sharing.. I down loaded both the 4 and 9 pane from george.. I was watching QVC and so this stamp but by the time I decide to spend some money it was gone and not available anywhere else until June... Thanks again...

  10. fabulous window cards thank you so much for always sharing your wonderful designs

  11. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing


  12. Thanks for sharing your work. These ideas are such an inspiration.

  13. You are so very generous and so very talented - Thank You for all you do for all of us!

  14. Thanks for taking the time to build these files and sharing with all. Much appreciated and can't wait to use them.

  15. Thank you for sharing with us your creations!


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