There's a big Purple Onion Designs party going on at Caardvarks. They are sponsoring the June 20th Challenge, which is to make a *new* Window Card. I was excited to have the opportunity to create projects for the 'Cards & More' feature of Caardvarks together with Jenn (you gotta check out her amazing Window of Love Creation ... the girl actually stamped on a Window).
The prize is huge ... a $50 shopping spree at Purple Onion Designs ... and they generously provided a shopping code for 25% of your entire order during the challenge (simply enter the code Caardvarks at check out). All you have to do is link up your *new* window card creation by midnight on July 3rd.
Some of my favorite stamps from Purple Onion are the amazing Noteblocks ... so many possibilities. For my projects, I created "windows" by stamping the Noteblocks onto the rough side of an ink jet transparency.
I used a 6" square acrylic block and black India Ink and applied solid pressure over all of the stamp. Then I tipped the block from the side to remove the stamp which gave a crisp, no-smear image (please ignore my very well loved 12" tonic paper cutter).
After the ink dried, I used my paper cutter and cut about 1/2 wider than the stamped image. I purchased the gift bags in a 10-pack from Michael's and found that the bright colors seemed to look better with this project.
I used one smeared image for my template. I cut around it right on the edges of the image and then attached it to the front of my bag with removable adhesive. I cut a piece of adhesive backed craft foam to fit inside the bag for cutting. I found that cutting into the adhesive covered side gave me the straightest cut with my kraft knife.
Here's what it looked like after the window had been cut.
I used a strong adhesive tape around the edges of my stamped image and slid it inside the bag to attach it on all four sides. All that was left after that was to decorate the bags.
For the masculine designed Birthday Noteblock bag, I used punched stars as my embellishment. The red and blue stars were punched from the cut-out pieces of the bags with a little silver star in the middle.
For the Happy Holidays Noteblock gift bag, I decided to attach a handle. I used some wired snowman ribbon and attached it to the front and back of the bag with decorative brads. I finished with a few punched holly leaves and adhesive gem berries.
I can't wait to see your fun window card creations (remember ... $50 will buy a lotta rubber)! I'll be back all week with more Purple Onion Designs fun, including the cool Wine Bottle tag.
Make sure you check out an entire gallery of Purple Onion Projects by the Caardvarks Design Team.