Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Stained Glass Window Card

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Sep 6, 2014

Stained Glass Window Card

Creativity sure took a back seat this summer.  My crafting space is almost completely taken over by a new computer (waiting for everything to be transferred from the old one), a scanner, and a printer.  All summer I kept thinking I would shove things out of the way and make something, but it didn't happen.

Of course, the one birthday card I did make, I never photographed!

Finally, younger child and all her belongings went back to college and I was able to unearth a book of Impressionist paintings and cut it up for greeting cards.

 window card fribtstained glass window card

These window cards are a simple idea with a surprisingly effective stained glass look.

For hand or machine cutting.

The 3 diamonds can run across the bottom, or the top.

How to make a window card with stained-glass-look inset

Download window template file (PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF).

template download


Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $ 1.00

Print a copy of the cut file and trace it onto clear plastic.  (I used a piece of acetate from an old report cover).  Be sure you are using the correct template ("hand cutting" or "machine cutting").

Cut around the outside edge of the window to make a "viewing template."

acetate for choosing picture

Lay the viewing template on your picture until you like what you see in the panes.

Here are some choices for this picture.

cutting alternates

choosing picture

acetate template

Once you like what you see, lightly mark the outside edge of the window template.  Green outline would be the hand-cutting cut line.  Blue outline would be the machine cutting cut line. (Your marks will not be this obvious, of course!)

cutting diagram

Hand Cutting

Use the printout of the file.

Carefully cut out the panes and use them as templates to cut picture.

Cut diamond-shaped panes from a contrasting portion of the picture.

Machine Cutting

Adhere the picture to your cutting mat, aligning the right and bottom cut edges with the 8" vertical and 8" horizontal lines printed on the cutting mat. 

mat placement

In your cutting software, position the bottom right-hand corner of the cut file at the intersection of the  7" horizontal and the 7" vertical of the virtual mat.  Cut. 

Silhouette cameo mat placement

The diamond panes are cut separately.  I just hand cut them rather than fussing with placement on the mat but it's up to you.  Choose a contrasting part of the picture for the diamonds.

Finishing the card

Fold a piece of black cardstock in half.  Begin assembling the card at the top fold.  I work left to right, top to bottom.  Usually I just eyeball the placement of each piece and then trim off the excess card.

If you prefer, use the gluing frame from the bottom of the page you printed.  Cut out the panes.  Lay the frame on your folded card, aligning top fold of card and top of guide.   Glue the pieces into the cutout windows.   Remove the gluing guide.

card front

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Robyn said...

glad to see you back and that your absence was just busyness!

m3m said...


This card looks great, as usual. I am thinking ahead to Christmas and wanted to try the village pop-up from December 16, 2011. When I try to print the pdf, all I get is a sheet of 9 cut-off trees. I wonder if you'd check that.

As always, thanks for the great ideas.

Carol said...

I don't know what's wrong, it opens fine for me. Can you email me and we can try to figure out what's going on? (Then I can send you files directly.)