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How to make windows with the 'Twas the Night before Christmas set

Posted by Claire Brennan on September 14, 2012.

Windows - How-to.
Since a picture is worth about a million words, I have photographed all the important steps involved in making one of those wee windows from the Twas the Night before Christmas set.

I start out by stamping the window image, clear embossing and then trimming it out with the Spellbinders labels 14 die template. Notice the fine inner line that frames the empty inner space.

Next I trimmed out the centre rectangle, Can you see how I have trimmed the rectangle out so that the fine line is cut away at the sides and left in place at the top and bottom? Look on the bit that I have cut out, it has the fine line clearly visible at each side. This is important if you want to use shutters, if you're just trimming out the rectangle and not adding shutters you can just trim all the way round the fine line.

Next, I stamp two shutters. I also clear embossed these. I trim them out with a little spare flap on one side, I make a left shutter and a right shutter by having the spare flap on different sides of the shutter image.

I use the back of the scalpel blade to score along the edge of the shutter image to create a crease for the fold, I find the scor-pal just a little bit 'big' for this job.

Very importantly, I make a tiny slice at the top and bottom of each fold on both of the shutters, circled in red below. I do this so that when I fit the shutters into the window frame, they make a snug, tight fit, the shutter images are a hair larger than the window frame for this very reason.

Below you can see the components of the window. The shutters have been sponged and the hearts coloured brown. The two window sashes, stamped beside each other on a rectangle of card, clear embossed, sponged and then the woodwork coloured brown with a copic. I trim the image of the window sashes quite neatly so that when I put it behind the window frame, it doesn't peep out around the edges.

Next I add the mouse, there are also, baubles, a Nordic heart decoration, and a little candlestick, all suitable for stamping in the 'open' sash.

Below, I have slotted one shutter into the frame, I adhere it with strong tape. You can just see how the tiny wee slices in the fold of the shutter help to make the fold a snug fit around the window frame.

Window frame with both shutters added, and below that, the sash windows. You can see how I added dimensionals all around the sash windows, I wanted it to be set back a little from the window frame.

All that remains is to add the frame over the sash windows, and there is one pretty focal point for your card!!!


  1. Mitzi November 30, 2012

    Adorable Design! Thank you for the great tutorial. New crafter here, will so enjoy making this beautiful card! Happy Holidays!

  2. Lou Weir November 25, 2012

    Very informative, I too am anixous to get started on Christmas cards. Thanks

  3. Chris Domino September 28, 2012

    Oh what a terrific set and marvelous instructions also.

  4. Nancy Jensen September 15, 2012

    WOW! What a fabulous tutorial! I have that set – now I know how I’m going to use it! Thanks so much!

  5. gailanne September 15, 2012

    Great tutorial. I can hardly wait to get started on my Xmas cards with the ‘Twas the Night’ set I just ordered! Wonderful, wonderful set…

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