Silhouette Tuesday: Double Window Card
Here’s a window card that’s twice as nice with double the viewing space. It’s simple to do with your Silhouette and easy to modify for different events and occasions. Fire up your Silhouette software and let’s get started!
First choose a stamp or image you’d like to show through the window. I’ve chosen one that is 2.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide. To give the image a little space, I’m adding a full inch to those measurements so that each side has a half inch of space–so I need an oval 3.5 x 2.5 inches. With those measurements in mind, let’s draw our card pieces.
I’m making an A2 sized card so I need a rectangle that is 11 x 4.25. (I find it’s easier to work in a portrait frame when designing a top fold card.) If you’d like to make a dashed score line to fold on, draw a line somewhere close to the middle, select the rectangle AND the line, go to “Object” in your top menu, select “Align” and then “Align Middle.” Magic, right? You’re welcome. Now, select the line only and click the “Line Style” button.
Choose the dashes of your choice and now you have a basic card ready for customization. (Tip: I would save this basic card image you’ve just created. It will come in handy. In fact, I hope you’ll save all the cards/projects you make with your Silhouette software! It makes life so much easier when you need something done quickly.) It should look like this:
Those measurements from before? Draw a 3.5 x 2.5 oval.
Make a copy and stretch the new oval to be a half inch larger–3.75 x 2.75.
Use the smaller oval and center it on your card. (Use that align trick from above again! It works here, too. Align to the center and then use the grid lines to do the vertical.)
Now that it’s perfect, select everything and Group them together to keep things from moving. Move that whole piece out of the way for a minute while we build the top piece. (Tip: Resist the urge to cut things before you’ve designed all the pieces. You never know when you’ll need to make an adjustment to the pieces you’ve already designed. Measure twice, cut once!)
I had a card in my library with a scalloped edge. (I believe it was one of the images that came with my original machine.) If you don’t have this image, search the store for a scallop. You’ll find plenty! I simply took out the dotted line and re-sized to 5.35 x 4.25.
Move your bottom piece back to the screen and line up with the top piece. Move your larger circle onto the grid and line it up.
Move your bottom piece off and group your remaining pieces. Select your newly grouped pieces and click the Cut Style icon at the top right (Scissors and red line). Make sure the third option, “Cut,” is selected. For some reason, I had something else selected and I was surprised when mine came out perforated!
Cut, stamp (or print), color, embellish and enjoy!