February 23, 2012

Cat in the Window by Sassy Dude...

Hey Ya'll,
Sassy Dude here today from Cricut Couple.  I have something very different for you today.  When I thought up this design, it took a LONG time to lay it all out.  It took lots of practice, but when it was all done, I was so excited with the way it turned out.  To start, the base for this card is a half size (8 1/2 x 11 folded in half)  I used a lavender card stock for the base.
The next step is to print out a picture that will fit on the cover of the card.  This is a picture I found on Google.  You could use anything you want that creates a scene like you are looking out of a window.  At the bottom of this post, I will be sharing box files for you to download.  One is the picture and the other is the Gypsy file.  You will also need some white card stock.  I used textured white for this and inked it with Pansy Purple from CTMH.  You need to cut the following with a straight cutter.
1 piece at 3/4" x 8 1/4".
2 pieces at 1/2" x 8 1/4".
2 pieces at 1/2" x 5 1/4".
The window picture is 5" x 8".
Once all of the pieces are inked, this is what you will have.  You probably wont see it, but I inked the picture as well just to be safe.
Stick down the two side pieces first, then a 1/2" piece to the top and the 3/4" piece to the bottom.  Below is what it will look like.  You are basically creating the window frame and your mat at the same time.  I used ATG tape to do this.  You will have a 1/2" piece left.  Pop it with 3D adhesive.
When you add that piece, you will have what is shown below.  It looks like the ledge at the bottom of the window.
Once that is done, you can start assembling your window.  Below are the pieces that you will get from the Gypsy file.  I used Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art, A Child's Year, Cake Basics, Flower Shoppe, Mother's Day Bouquet and Ribbons and Rosettes for this card.  Even if you don't have all of these carts, you can still download the file to your Gypsy or CCR and change out whatever shapes you don't have.  All of the sizes are in the file for you.  The drapes on the window are actually a tear drop type of shape.  When those cut, you will need either cut them in half like I did, or fold them in half.  If you use thinner paper, I would recommend folding them so that they are good and strong.
Above is how you layout the pieces.  Add 3D adhesive to all pieces.  When you have finished with that, flip over the bottom most row of the valance and add ribbon.  I used this beautiful white seam binding from My Craft Spot.  I simply ran a strip of ATG tape across the bottom of the scallop and then gathered the ribbon as I went along.  I then tied two bow ties to use for tie backs.
When you pop all the layers and add them, below is what you will get.  Also, when you cut the file, there are two cuts of the cat.  Glue one directly to the picture and then pop one and let the tail hang over the window ledge.  It makes the shadow of the cat really look good.
Then add your tie backs to your little drapes and the front of your card is done!  That was easy, right?  Well... sort of.  This was about 6 tries later.  Hee! Hee!
For the inside, you will just cut your mats with a straight cutter.  The bottom most mat is 5 1/4" x 8 1/4".  The second mat is 4 1/2" x 7 1/2".  The white sentiment mat is 3" x 6".  Again, everything is inked with the Pansy Purple Ink.
Once everything is together, I stamped my sentiment.  This is from a stamp set called Friends and Neighbors from My Craft Spot.
Add all of the little leaves from the Gypsy file.  I just used Scrappy Glue to attach them all.  That is my FAVORITE GLUE!!!
Then just add your flowers.  Just be careful not to cover up part of the words of your sentiment like I did.  Oops.  At least you can still read it, right?  Hee! Hee!  If you want a little more detail, you can ink all of the flowers and leaves as well.  For this card, I didn't think it was necessary.
Once it's all done and dry, simply hit it with a couple of strips of ATG and stick it inside your card.  When it's all done, below is what you have in all of it's layered glory!  The final thing is the banner in the front.  I used the Friends and Neighbor stamps again for the sentiment.  I inked the edges and then rolled the paper back and forth with a pen.  This made it look like it was just flying or something.  Love that!
Then, when you open the card, you have this beautiful flower arrangement surrounding your message.  Pretty Cool, Right?  I used Anna Griffin Papers for the patterns in this card and recollections solid lavender for the flowers and base.
It took many tries, but I really love the way this card turned out.  Now that I have the Gypsy file created, I will be making this card again and again!  I hope that you will try one too!  Now... Here are the files.
We sure hope you enjoyed today's project!  Thanks Sheila for letting me be Sassy today!  I would love to know what ya'll think about this, so please leave us a comment.  Thanks so much for sharing your time with us today!  BTW, if you want to see what the other things we have been up to, hop on over to Cricut Couple and check it out!
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