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Playful Pastels: Nancy’s View

Spring Windowbox

By Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 5.5” x 4.25”

Cottage Window [Penny Black]
Lost & Found Sunshine [My Minds Eye]
Washi & scrap [Stash Unknown]
White Shrinkable Plastic [Shrink Dinks]
Tuxedo Black Memento [Tsukineko]
India Ink Black [Superior]
Celery [Fresh Ink]
Corner Punch [Fiskars]
Scallop Punch [EK]
Hole Punch [Fiskars]
Multi-color ribbon [Stash]
Sponge Dauber [Tsukineko]
Various pens that included:
Copic [.Too]
Glitter Markers [Martha Stewart]
Gelly Roll, Glaze 3-D, and Souffle Ink pens [Sakura]
Pastel pens [Y & C Gel Xtreme]
Sanding Blocks [Lucky Squirrel]


  1. I decided that my spring pastels would be green, yellow and pink.  I also decided that the window box would be fun and also it was big enough to use with shrink plastic
  2. Take 8.5” x 5.5“ yellow glossy cardstock and fold in half for the base card.  Cut out green paper with scallop punch.  Cut yellow print paper 4.25” x 5.25” and adhere green scallop paper to it.  Tie ribbon around scallop paper, adhere, and attach printed paper to card base.  On white cardstock stamp window box with Memento black ink.  Color with various pens.   Finish it with corner punch and rub around edge of paper with green ink using a sponge.
  3. Take a piece of white shrink plastic, and use a sanding block to rough up the surface.  Stamp window box with India ink and color with various pens.  Since shrink plastic is a different texture than paper, pen colors will not be the same.  After finishing the coloring, punch hole and make the hole quite large as the hole will shrink also.  Sponge ink around the edge.
  4. Once the ink is dry, and protective sheet is on top a stack of strap paper, use the heat gun to shrink the plastic.  The plastic will curl, use a tool (it can be a pencil or anything to keep it from sticking to itself.  As it shrinks it will uncurl.  See the difference in size between the shrunk plastic and the card stock.
  5. Run wire through the hole punched in the plastic.  Attach that to the chain and string through the ribbon.  Next determine the size of the first washi  rectangle of paper.  I just kept trimming it to the size that I liked.
  6. Take the second sheet of washi paper, and continue trimming until I was satisfied.  I then adhered both pieces of paper.
  7. Now I centered window box and adhered with pop dots. I twisted the chain that the shrink piece was connected to and used a pop dot to keep the piece in place.

Voila!  Card Finished.  Don't forget to sign your art before you send it off.

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3 Responses »

  1. Thank you. First time I've used shrink plastic in a long time. Was quite easy and plan to use it again soon. Nancy

  2. Love the coordinated tag on the card Nancy!

  3. Very cute & colorful!