Silhouette Tuesday: Double Window Card

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Tutorials

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!

Supplies used: Silhouette, American Crafts White & Lilac Cardstock; BoBunny Concord Double Dot Cardstock & Sage Double Dot Ribbon; SU Stamp and chalks.

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!

For the inside of the card, either cut a 5.5 x 4.25 piece of white cardstock on your machine or with a paper trimmer.

Cut, stamp (or print), color, embellish and enjoy!


5 Responses to “Silhouette Tuesday: Double Window Card”
  1. Rhonda says:

    Love you for this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have a Silhouette and I love it and use it much more than my Cricut.

  2. Laurel says:

    Rhonda, I’m so glad this was helpful! I’ll have something new for you every week! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

  3. Kat says:

    Love this tutorial, I love this machine and there are so many things for me to learn. I have been wanting to make an oval cutout. Thanks

  4. Kat says:

    This is a nice tutorial. I am trying to do it, but more details need to be added it’s a bit confusing. I have no idea where the cut style feature is, or how to group them and all these terms you use. I am assuming this is a tutorial for a someone with more knowledge of the silhouette cameo program but then why would they need this tutorial. I hope in the future if you do more tutorials like this you will include where to find these settings in the silhouette program. thanks.

  5. laurelh says:

    Sorry for any confusion! The “Cut Style” feature can be found in the bank of icons on the top right side of your Silhouette software window. It looks like a pair of black scissors cutting a red dashed line. The “Group” feature can be found in your “Object” menu on the top left of your computer screen. Highlight (draw a big box around or shift-click) everything that you’d like to group together to be one piece. You can also “Ungroup” this same way.

    I’ll try to be more clear about these features in the future. However, if you still have questions, please ask!

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