Guest Designer Connie Duckert and A Card a Day in the Month of May

Thursday, May 26, 2011


What an absolute THRILL to be selected as a Guest Designer on the Savvy Projects Blog!  I LOVE working with Heather Scott's sketches -- and that's not just because she's my "Mama Angel" (tee hee).  Usually I stick pretty close to her dimensions and layering sizes -- but as you can see, I took some liberties with this one.

My card is DEDICATED to my sister-in-law, NANCY, because today is her birthday!!!  And, YES, she is actually getting this card.  {smile}

Years ago I bought several stamps that were called "front and back" stamps.  They were so unique to anything else I'd seen; and I just loved doing window cards.  SO ... when I saw "Window Box Wonder" in the 2010-2011 Inspiration Catalog, I just had to have it.  Now ... how do I adapt this set to this week's sketch?  How about changing the circle to a square and cut it out instead of layering it -- not too drastic, huh?

Here's the INSIDE:


HOW TO DO IT?    Don't be afraid ... it's really easier than it looks!

1. "Faux wood" background:  Use Aspen CS as the base card.  Open up the card and score horizontal lines at 1/2" increments across the FRONT (only).  Using the 'direct to paper' technique, apply Cloud White VersaMagic ink across the card top; let it dry slightly. Now go over it several times with Burnt Sienna Palette ink - or color of your choice - until you have the desired wood look.

2. Stamp the Window Shutters onto the card front and cut out the window section (I used the Retractable Craft Knife and a quilter's acrylic ruler). On White Caboodles CS, stamp the Window Shutters (again), the little Girl's Head, and the back side of Girl / Window Frame.  Color all the images as desired - I used the Copics listed below.  Cut out the images AND the window sections.

3. Stamp the slogan on the Striped CS piece (from the Emma Collection); and adhere it slightly below the cut edge of the window.  Whoo hoo - how'd you like to have stripes like that around your house?  On the INSIDE of the card, adhere Emma SWIC Cream Patterned CS on the left side -- doesn't it look just like Grandma's old wall paper?  Stamp the slogan on the right side close to the fold.

4. "Faux Scallops":  Punch six 1" circles from the Emma Burgundy CS; and cut them in half.  Butt them up against the striped piece and adhere into place.  Trim off the excess.


5. Open the card with the front side facing up -- carefully cut away the window section of the back of the "wallpaper" layer.  Next, score the Window Shutter piece along the edge of the window frame and make 'soft' folds for a little dimension.  Adhere the Window Shutter to the front of the card - lining it up with the window opening - just like paper piecing.  On the INSIDE of the card, line up and adhere the Girl's Back / Window piece around the opening.  Now, on the FRONT of the card adhere the Girl's Face.  See how easy it was to line them all up?  Well, sure, I had to do a tiny bit of trimming so it all came out even -- but, REALLY, not that much!!!  I also touched up the cut edges with markers so the little imperfections aren't so "white" and noticable.


6. Add a 'soft' knot with that scrumptious Coral Ribbon from the Emma Collection; and it's ready to mail.

SUPPLIES: Stamps - T3344 Window Box Wonder and TW3356 Thought of You (PWP); Emma Collection - V856 SWIC, B326 Cardstock, B230 Ribbon; cardstock - V228 Aspen, V293 Caboodle White; Ink - TT220 Noir, TT197 Burnt Sienna, S992 VersaMagic Cloud White; Tools - D71 1" Circle Punch, F28 Retractable Craft Knife, F362 Scor-Buddy, COPICS - E000, E00, E02, E21, E13, E15, E57, E55, YR18, G12, G14, G19, N1, N4, N7

My posting is a "little bit" LONG because I don't have my own blog to which you can link for the instuctions. But that just might be my next project ... I hope you enjoy my card design and GIVE IT A TRY!  If you need more info, e-mail me at

THANKS for visiting The Angel Company's "Card a Day in the Month of May" -- be sure to scroll down and see all the wonderful samples made by my 'sister' Angels!

~~ Connie

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  1. What an adorable card! I love your adaptation of the sketch...that is why I love sketches so much.

  2. Wonderful card Connie! Your coloring is beautiful.

  3. Fabulous card and tutorial Connie! I have this set and have yet to get it inky! You have inspired me to go index & cut cut it out right now!
    Oh and Connie... you need to start a blog for sure!!!!

  4. Connie, your card is lovely! Your coloring and shading are perfect.

  5. Connie- great job .... This is soooo cute!

  6. Great card! Love the window scene and that it's a Square! You should really have a blog...Just plan some days to post...You can even prepare posts in advance!!! It's great fun to reminisce on my blog at times...

  7. Great, great card! I'm going to come back and study this one...thanks for the directions and tips.

  8. Connie _ I just LOVE your card! So clever and so well put together. SpecTACular! I hope you do get into the blog world!

  9. Thanks for your sweet comments ... your opinion means a lot to me!
    Ive missed you. I bet you are busy, busy with being on the Design Team -- maybe designing samples for the new catty? Hope to see your name in it lots of times.
    So anxious to see you at seminar!!!
    BIG Angel hugs...
    Connie Duckert
    Independent Demonstrator for
    The Angel Company (TAC)
    ... because being an Angel is just more FUN!