Colored Beveled Windowpanes

I learned a fabulous new technique at Leadership from Kelly Acheson called Colored Windowpanes.  Check out this fun, altered effect on my Colored Windowpane card…

Colored windowpanes card    Colored windowpane card - closeup

Kelly showed us how to add some color on the back of the Windowpanes with Ink Refills and rubbing alcohol.  What an awesome effect!  Love it! 

Colored Windowpane How-Tos

  1. Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, then add a couple drops of Refill Ink in the color of your choice (I used Not Quite Navy).
  2. Dab the inked cotton ball on the back of the windowpane to cover it with splotchy color.
  3. Use the Heat Tool to set the ink.  Be careful not to heat it too much, it will melt!  If you have a heavy ink coverage, you may need to set it aside for awhile to get completely dry.
  4. As the ink dries, it gets lighter, so you may want to add another layer for more color.  (I dabbed color on twice for this project, but I think once would have let the image show through better.)
  5. TIP: If you don't like the look after drying, you can wipe it clean with the alcohol swab and start again!

Kelly's card Kelly has a pictorial showing how to do this technique at her A Stamp Above blog: Color Windowpane Technique.  Here is a thumbnail of her beautiful card, too!  Click to enlarge.

She used the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper instead of the stamped butterfly.  There is one pattern that features a variety of individual butterflies that are the perfect size for the large windowpane!  And, notice how the windowpane layers beautifully on one of the tags from the Two Tags Die

    Windowpane Assemby

    One of the tricky things about these embellishments is figuring out the best way to thread the ribbon through and attach it to the cardstock without the adhesive showing.  It really depends on the look you're going for, and I'll show you some other options in future posts.  Here's how I did it on this card

    1. Stamp the butterfly image from Dreams Du Jour set in Basic Black onto Whisper White cardstock cut to the dimensions inside the bevel (1 x 1-1/2").

    Wp - ribbon 1    Wp ribbon 2

    2. Adhere the stamped image to the a piece of 12" Crumb Cake Seam Binding.  Use a strip of SNAIL down the center of the cardstock.  Then thread the ribbon up through back side of the windowpane, situating the cardstock in place at the center of the bevel.

    Wp ribbon 3   Wp ribbon 4

    Next, wrap the bottom ribbon around and up the back and secure at the top with a piece of Linen Thread.  Add more SNAIL to the back on the cardstock and ribbon.

    Wp ribbon 5   Wp ribbon 6

    Add a piece of 1-1/2" x 2" cardstock or designer paper to the back.  (I used Elegant Soireé DSP.)  Now you're ready to adhere it to your project with more SNAIL. 

    Supplies Used

    Colored butterfly windowpane baja

    I kinda liked the look of my embellishment from my tutorial above, so I made a quick card with it.  I went back and colored in the butterfly with Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy Markers.

    Supplies Used

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        1 thought on “Colored Beveled Windowpanes”

        1. Love, Love, Love, the windowpanes. I cannot wait to get them. There are so many cute techniques that I wouldn’t have even thought of. Thanks for sharing Angie!!


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