Cards with Clear Card Stock

Cards with Clear Card Stock

This week the team at The Cutting Cafe is making cards and boxes using Clear Cardstock.

The first card uses Birthday Number Candles. I opted to cut trough the top layer of cardstock, but without the flames attached. Additionally, I cut the numbers out on a scallop card.

Selecting Colors
Selecting Colors

The next step is to attach the clear cardstock to act as a window pane so the “sprinkles” do not fall out!

Measuring the Clear Cardstock
Measuring the Clear Cardstock

Next, I added the dimensional foam tape. This allows room for the sprinkles to “shake.” I like to put foam tape all around the window so that the sprinkles stay in that spot and not get lost in the rest of the card. However, you need the foam tape all around the card so that the height of the top layer is consistent.

Dimensional Foam
Dimensional Foam

I have to share this as a side note. I am a very thrifty shopper. I found this bag of “sprinkles” at the thrift store. I don’t know their original use, but in “thinking outside the box” I figured they would be great for shaker cards! Fun? Yes!

"Sprinkles"
“Sprinkles”

Back to crafting! Now comes the tricky part: Adding the sprinkles and attaching the top and bottom of the card together. I add the sprinkles to the card piece with the window. Then I hold both the top and bottom of the card above my head and line them up as well as I can. I don’t know how it works for you, but for me, it’s usually a catastrophe! Here’s a trick I use. Laying the bottom piece of the card (the piece without the window cut) on my work surface, I pile up the sprinkles where they will peek through. Then I can better line up the top piece.

"Sprinkles"
“Sprinkles”

Here is the finished card! Remember that I cut out the candle numbers without the flames? Instead, I cut the flames separately and I added foam tape to the flames to pop them out.

Finished
Finished

Nice Layers
Nice Layers

The Cutting Cafe has many card front options for playing with clear cardstock. For these cards I used Window Card Templates. I also used sentiments from this wonderful collection of digi sentiments. The procedure is basically the same. For the butterfly card, I laid out all the pieces in my Pazzles InVue software. I first printed on the card stock right from the InVue software!! Next I positioned the cardstock on my cutting mat to match what I see on my computer screen and cut! Easy!

Printed Sentiment on Cut Mat
Printed Sentiment on Cut Mat

Cut "Window"
Cut “Window”

Voilà !
Voilà !

And the finished card! I think this is my favorite!!

Beautiful
Beautiful

One more card to show you. Again, same procedure.

Pretty
Pretty

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