a standing frame, hanging ornament or greeting card which
is a re-usable container for candy, potpourri, small gift
items, or pictures. A "door" on the back of the window panel
makes it possible to insert your gift items, and for your
friend to retrieve them without destroying the container.
Figure 3 layers, starting from the top:
decorated card, clear acetate, foam board frame, greeting
E C H N I Q U E
your project, inside and out. Make sure the box and the
access door are big enough for your gift.
a ½" thick piece of foam board the size of your card.
Then cut this frame ½" from all edges. The interior box
opening can be larger than the image you plan for its
front. (See Figure 1)
a separate piece of card stock, stamp and decorate the
image you wish to use for the top layer (window.) Cut
away the "window" opening, carefully staying inside the
½" strips of matching card stock and glue to inside and
outside edges of the frame to cover the edges of the foam
board or plan an extra ½" allowance on all four edges
which will be wrapped downward like a gift. (See Figure
a piece of clear acetate slightly smaller than the foam
board frame; attach to the frame with double stick tape.
Glue or tape the stamped window over the acetate.
the background (which will be seen through the window)
onto the front of a card. This scene can extend beyond
the edges of your window. Turn this piece over, and cut
a "door", ½" from the top and sides, extending halfway
down the card. Score and fold back.
or punch two "buttons" of card stock. Attach one just
above the door and the other on the door, using mounting
foam and glue. Anchor a piece of string under the button
on the door. Wind the string around both buttons to lock
the back piece onto the foam board frame. Insert your
frame can be mounted on the front of a card, on a tripod
(tent) standing frame, punched to hang as an ornament,
or used just as a box for a small gift item such as jewelry