Today’s projects are connected by a layout that I’m calling the “Wonky Windowpane”. This split rectangle design is the perfect backdrop for adding a simple focal point or greeting, and is reminiscent of a quilt top. In other words, it is what I would call, “quilty-esque” (completely made up word). My inspiration for this layout came from a card I saw on Pinterest made by Kristie Marcotte. Here is the link to the post to see my inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/14988611252066640/
What I love about this layout is that is it very easy to make, and can be stepped up numerous different ways to add interest. I’m going to show you three ways to use this design on a card front.
- Basic Wonky Windowpane
- Looking Outside the Wonky Windowpane
- Stack, Cut, & Shuffle Wonky Windowpane
Please watch the video tutorial for these projects and download the free pdf for your personal files!
Papercrafting Playdate 85 – Wonky Windowpanes
Basic Wonky Windowpane
Supplies for Basic Version
- 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” cardstock base
- 4” x 5-1/4” coordinating cardstock
- 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” pattern paper
- Scraps for greeting cluster
- On the 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” piece of pattern paper, measure and mark from the top left corner at 2” on the top edge and 1-1/2” on the side edge. Then measure and mark from the bottom right corner at 2” on the bottom edge and 1-1/2” on the side edge. (See picture) If needed, draw a light pencil line between the two 2” marks and then another between the two 1-1/2” marks to help you see where to cut.
- Line up the 2” marks (and drawn pencil line) on the cutting line on a paper trimmer. Cut between the 2” marks. Keeping the two pieces aligned, turn the 3-1/4” x 4-1/2” piece of pattern paper to line up the 1-1/2” marks (and drawn pencil line) on the cutting line and cut.
- Adhere the “wonky” shapes to the 4” x 5-1/4” piece of coordinating cardstock, leaving a 1/4” border around the outside edges. It works best to align the corners of the DSP to the corners of the cardstock to get an even and equal edge on all sides.
- Layer this piece onto your card base, and add a greeting and/or focal point cluster.
Looking Outside the Wonky Windowpane
Stack, Cut, & Shuffle Wonky Windowpane
The basic supplies are the same except you use 4 pieces of Designer Series Paper and cut them at the same time. There are so many options for adjusting this layout – see the options list below! If you have never done the Stack, Cut, & Shuffle technique before I have detailed instructions for this simple process you can read about on this post.
- Use an embossing folder on card front to “quilt” it.
- Cut the coordinating cardstock at 3-3/4” x 5 or 3-1/2” x 4-3/4” for smaller spaces between and around the wonky shapes.
- Use DSP with an outdoor scene or create one with stamps to make it appear to be a window.
- Use 4 different pieces of DSP, cutting them all at the same time, and doing the Stack, Cut, & Shuffle technique and make 4 cards at one time.
- Adjust the size of the pattern paper to make smaller (2-3/4” x 4”).
- Use Stitched Rectangle Dies, Deckled Rectangle Dies, Scalloped Contour Dies or Radiating Stitches Dies to layer with the wonky windowpane.
Alrighty my friends, I am passing the wonky baton to you and hoping you run with this idea and create some wonky windowpane cards for your friends and family! I’d love to see what you come up with – come share your creations in my Facebook Group, Robin’s Really Super Stampers.