It may not be clear to see in this first photo,
but the front of my card has a window!
Here's a little closeup:
Our family of Bluebirds have nearly cleaned the berries
from the Winterberry bushes outside my studio!
When creating a window as I have done, it's
imperative to remember the backside of the
die cut will be seen - if I had Copic-colored,
instead of water-colored my Amaryllis, the ink may have bled through. In this case, I would have simply backed the bloom with another die cut layer of cardstock.
It's also important to remember you might see the inside sentiment through the window. I've ridden myself of that concern by making a home for my sentiment from a folded piece of patterned paper - also cut with the arched shape. This selection called Log Cabin, from Honey Bee, is double-sided - it just keeps getting better as the card is opened!
By the way, I created my window using Waffle Flower Crafts Nested Domes dies. It's so simple - just ease the cutting edge over the fold of your card base, several passes through your die-cutting machine should cut it cleanly.
The window frame is cut using two dies:
Then, simply stack this sandwich over the card base, matching the edges - mind the folded edge - and run it through your machine again. Voila!
Attach your bloom of choice onto the front frame - I used thin foam squares, strategically positioned so they don't show on the inside of my card.
I hope my card will encourage you to play with those neglected blooms - even when there aren't blooms outside your window...it is a wonderful way to get through Winter! I'm going to send this one over to The Flower Challenge who are looking for shaped cards this month!
Once again, Michele, you're blowing me away with your design talent ... what a stylish, beautiful card ... and so clever with the window! Hugs, Anita :)
Nifty!! I love this design!! What a clever way to include a sentiment without it being shown. Thank you for all the details on how you achieved this beauty!
So pretty, love the open window and the sentiment treatment.
What a wonderful card, Michele!! It looks so pretty with the window and that awesome shape!
The layering of the window and inner patterned paper makes this card so much like a surprise gift. It's so well done. I bow to the master.
Yes indeed, a lovely design yet again Michele. Love the clever way you have added the space for the sentiment!
What a well thought out design and thank you for the tips along the way. Amaryllis are among my favourites and I always have the red cut ones in my house at Christmas...I love them and I love your card too x.
What a beautiful and elegant card Michele! Oh my are those flowers ever pretty and I love the soft buttery color you've given them! I don't have anything blooming outside my window. But I do have a bunny who visits our backyard every night. I've been leaving him little treats ~ bits of carrots, celery or radish leaves...he's (or is it she?) a cutie!
Wow...Gorgeous shaped card, Michele. TFS all your photos and details. Such a beauty and so well thought out. Hugs..Nancy
A window within a window. How clever!
What a wonderful card! Thanks for all the detailed explanation. It's gorgeous!
Outstanding card, Michele. Love the domed shape, the window opening, the beautiful flower....well, everything! You think of it and make it so beautiful! Thanks ever so much for sharing. Crafty hugs!
What a beautiful shaped card. Lovely contrast between the Amaryllis blooms and the woodgrain cardstock.
WOW!!! This is a STUNNER Michele!! Loving all the windows in this card and your Amaryllis looks fabulous against that dark brown and is water colored just beautifully!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)
Just gorgeous. I love the shape,a nd the paper you used for the card base! Wonderful creation!
Really pretty, Michele. Thank you for the great tutorial as well. I must give this a try!
The minute I saw this on IG I was hoping you were sending it to The Flower Challenge. That dome die make a perfect shaped card and the attached bloom is lovely, Michele.
Beautiful Amaryllis window card, Michele! You open the window and there's a door, and you open the door and you see a message. I love this clever and fun design!
Another stunner here Michele, clever shape and I am in love with that flower stamp and die now too....swoons! Well done again! and thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' once more ;) Viv xx
This is a beautiful amaryllis, Michele! I love the soft watercoloring and the domed shape. But that window takes this to the WOW category! Awesome, my friend!
This is beautiful, Michele, and I think you're not only an awesome colorist but an engineer too!
Dome mind me saying, that one amazing dome card! All of the patterns and textures play so well together, and I love the way you hid the sentiment! Someone sent us an amaryllis for Christmas and it was the first time we had one. We got such a kick out of watching it grow each day and bloom! They really are an amazing flower, and so is yours!
You did it again, Michele!!! Everything is perfect on this card! Love the colors and the picture showing the window :) !!!
Oh I love this! Beautifully done and what a lovely shape!
This little card captured my heart on insta, Michele! I love, love, love everything about it! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial, too! The inside card is so clever!
I think I need to invest in more sets of dies in the larger size. What a stunning looking card and the extra layers are just perfect. Beautiful my friend. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you there again soon. Aileen DesignTeam
Clearly, the Flower Challenge loves your cards as much as everyone else. Two victories in on challenge...more congratulations to accept.
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