witticisms by Jess Witty

November 12, 2011

Door to Door



It's about that time...

time for Papertrey Ink's November release! 
Woohoo!

The design team is coming at you today with one of this month's new sets...
Door to Door.

Such a sweet set... two doors and lots of elements to frame them and accessorize them.  I fell right in love with the wondow surround and the leaded glass inserts... totally the makings of stained glass.



I sort of have a thing for stained glass.
As in, I have randomly stopped in churches just to check out the stained glass from the inside.
True story.

Fortunately for me (and you!), this stained glass is about the easiest you'll ever see :)


First off, I embossed the door surround in white on Soft Stone cardstock...



A craft knife plus a ruler was all it took to remove the panels where we want the "glass" to show through.  The key here is to start very gently with the knife and make several passes over each line to cut all the way through the cardstock. 



I stamped the surround again... this time with permanent ink on a piece of clear cardstock. I waited a few seconds for the ink to dry, then flipped the image over and did a little basic coloring on the back side with some Copics. This left the "lead" in the stained glass on the top side of the "glass" with the color underneath... just a simple way to add some dimension.   

Then I adhered the clear cardstock surround behind the Soft Stone surround.  Because of the holes, I was able to line it right up.  Trimming the whole thing out was super easy due to all the straight lines.  A little foam adhesive behind the cardstock gives some nice depth behind the windows...


Seriously, this is the easiest coloring you'll ever do with your Copics :) 

I especially love how there is no need to smooth out the color on the windows... the natural differences in shade are so reminiscent of real glass to me. 

For those of you who have Copics, but are a little intimidated, use this technique. 
No shading... no perfection required :)


The Door to Door set includes a sweet little banner image with lots of sentiments to choose from.  A little welcome home banner and some numbers at the bottom of the door make for a cozy little congratulatory card for friends with a new home.  Door to Door pairs really perfectly with the Love Lives Here set... I used one of the sentiments from that set to finish the front off.

And a few sentiments from Congrats All Ways finishes the inside off...



For more all new, super spectacular projects featuring Door to Door, just head on over to the rest of the design team...
Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Danielle Flanders

Those girls just never cease to amaze me.

And, if you're interested in one more super easy Copic technique, well, look no further...



Noelle has completed her first Copic masterpiece.
At 2 years old.
On my Versamark pad.

I would stick with the clear cardstock if I was you :)
Just sayin.

I would love to hear your thoughts... on Noelle's project or mine :)



{Love Lives Here} card
Stamps - Door to Door, Love Lives Here, Congrats All Ways, Simple Alpha
Cardstock - Soft Stone, White, Clear
Ink - True Black, Smokey Shadow, Versamark, Staz On Black
Copics - R29, BG11, YR15, T4
Die - Door to Door
Impression Plate - Canvas
Other - Aqua Mist ribbon, Vintage Cream felt, Filigree White embossing powder

42 comments:

Kristii said...

What a cool technique!!!! I absolutely love it!!!

BeverlyBL said...

I'm a stained glass fan, too and love your windows. Sorry about your VersaMark pad, but I don't have kids at home anymore and my pad isn't a whole lot cleaner. Don't know what I do to mine.

Gayatri said...

Brilliant work, Jessica! Love the stained glass and thanks for the tutorial!
Sorry about your versamark but Noelle's art is beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Love your design - Noelle's art is great - shame about the Versamark pad - at least it was not on a wall in the house! Petal

Penny said...

So clever!! Just love the stained glass idea!

Ann said...

Wow Jessica that stained glass technique is fabulous! So clever and makes such a wonderful card.

Lindsey Wood said...

This is absolutely stunning! When I first saw the "glass" I thought you might have used glossy accents. Thank you for showing how you did it because I would have never guessed and it looks fantastic!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Well, she certainly brightened up your Versamark pad! Must admit it was a bit boring before, so this is so much better, hi hi!
Love what you created with those windows there!!! Looks soooo amazing!!! Perfect idea!!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Elena said...

Gasp! (I'm not sure who's project brought that on, but both are awesome in their own right.) I l-o-v-e the stained glass - what an amazing technique! thanks for sharing it with us :)

Kathie said...

Jess, I love the stained glass look!!! I was thinking how to market "house" themed cards to the mass of realtors in the town I live in and you have just showed me how to do it! This is a very nice touch a realtor can add to their services when they sell someone a home! Not to mention an inexpensive personal touch as well!!!

Beautiful work, both you and Noelle! I've had my youngest two kids consistantly ask if they can use my stamping goodies, and have tried touching, so I went out and got them an inexpensive version of their own! :)

Laura said...

Your windows are ingenious and beautiful. It never ceases to amaze me how creative the DT is.

paula e. said...

loved your card! also,looks like your daughter is a crafter in the making...thanks for sharing her first creation.

June K said...

I love your windows. They are so colorful. And Noelle is getting an early start in art work. Can't you imagine seeing that hanging in an art show/gallery on a canvas (minus the versamark pad)?

Kara said...

the stained glass is amazing!!

jan said...

Love the detail of your stained glass! Very creative! And beautiful!

Holly Saveur said...

STUNNING!So pretty ..love it!
Will try this too..when I have the stamps.

Cindy H. said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the stained glass windows and the white embossing on Soft Stone cardstock - now I need to add Soft Stone to my list as well:)

As for Noelle, isn't that how great artists start out... by experimenting?! Good job, Noelle! You're on your way to fame and fortune :)

wendy said...

LOL....my children are grown now but oh how that brings back memories...an artist in the making...and I'm sure she will learn a GREAT thing or two form her Mama...how amazing is this stained glass...I am in AWE !!!!!!

see mary stamp said...

Well once again you brought a huge smile to my face with Noelle's masterpiece. I love your stained glass technique. Your card is just beautiful.

Loydene said...

Love the stained glass idea! Thank you!
And ... have you tried transferring the "art" from the stamp pad to something else? Might be a "scrap-able" moment!

Sharon Jones said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful stained glass tutorial! So gorgeous!! I also thought about transferring Noelle's art to a card or scrapbook! ;D hugs!

ferrellgraph-x said...

I just love your card! The stained glass windows are brilliant! And the photo of the versamaek pad makes me giggle :D
Kindest regards,
Jennifer

Suzanne Russell said...

Wow! The stained glass treatment is just gorgeous! I am a fan of stained glass too. Now, as for "Noelle's masterpiece", I think you are a very sweet and patient mommy. :)

Barbara M. said...

Love the stained glass look! Many years ago, my daughter got into the markers - on the windows (beautiful!), on the walls (not so much!). Memory made me laugh out loud!

Playing with Paper said...

This card is beautiful! I just the how it looks so real. You colored it perfectly!! Love it.

Cristina said...

Stained glass? Are you serious? This is amazing! The effect is so, so beautiful.

Kathy Mc said...

Jess, your stained glass windows look so real and simply stunning. Thanks for the cool tips as haven't taken the Copics plunge yet. The stone on white looks terrific. What a masterpiece created by Noelle!

Susie said...

Jess,
This is just ingenious! Take heart, Noelle's art interest has taken hold at a young age - think what experience will bring : )

My husband and I both gasped and laughed at the same time. We don't have grandchildren yet, but ... believe me when I say - in every generation things like this happen. Our daughter decided to cut the hair of all her little friends when she was in pre-school. In church that Sunday, it was announced that if anyone needed a free haircut to see the Lessard's after service. BTW: Our daughter is now 38 and a responsibility member of society *LOL*

Beautiful work!! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Laura B. said...

oh my, I love your card, and your daughter is in trooooubbble:)

sharon g said...

You went all out with the stained glass! nice job.

Dixie said...

Thanks for the laugh! My two year old was looking on...probably getting her own ideas. I love the stained glass windows! They came out perfectly!

Sharon D from Canada said...

The stained glass looks absolutely fabulous!!! Gorgeous card!!! Noelle's composition and colours are terrific too - she's been learning well from mama! :)

Kris said...

Loved your post today...right down to the beautifully created Versamark pad! The stained glass effect was brilliant and so creative. You brightened my day!

Denise E said...

I am in awe of your stained glass...simply stunning! I actually gasped (out loud) when I opened your blog page! =o) Thanks for the tips and beautiful inspiration!

Julie Ebersole said...

My sympathies for your Versamark Pad. RIP. On the flip side, the stained glass effect is *uber* cool! *hug*

Kristen said...

I keep wondering if there is a technique for your Versamark pad - of course you would have to name it Noelle if you worked one out! Great stained glass - love the look, so beautiful and calm.

Bev Gerard said...

All right ... you have totally inspired me with your stained glass! And dear little Noelle has inspired me to be thankful for my plain old 'just dirty looking' VersaMark pad. LOL

missyboynton said...

I love your stained glass! And I totally laughed out loud at Noelle's artistic endeavor. My 18 month old usually just uses himself as a canvas. Stamp pads are his current crack. Irresistable. And he recently discovered the immeasurable joy of peeling the foamy, inky, sticky pad from the plastic base. Fascinating.
Must. Keep. Craft room. Door. CLOSED.

Cathy Weber said...

The cutest card with this set and so amazingly creative. I can believe how perfect those stained glass windows look. You are a master at using the craft knife, mine would be a total mess and bloody fingers too! Love Noelle's masterpiece, when she's 17 or 18 and into some real mischief, you will be wishing she only colored on your stamp pad. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about!

Terri said...

Awesome card! Love your stained glass. Sorry about your Versamark pad. Hope you had an extra.

Rachelle said...

the stained glass is awesome! seriously this card is the reason I will be purchasing the stamp set. :)

Amy said...

so glad to see I am not alone. My 3 year old keeps getting into mine and writing on my desk, my cards, my whatever. Daddy is on the watch ehem...not a very good watch.I keep moving them and she keeps sniffing them out.