Crafty Monday: Stained glass window cutting dies, and a new contest!

Poppystamps makes a series of steel cutting dies in the shape of gothic windows– both frames and interiors. (Do a search for “gothic window dies” at this site.) I’ve been using them in my Cuttlebug, but they should work with most die cut machines.

Here are a couple of them, including what the small frame looks like outside the package:

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Cut them out in black, white, or any color you like…

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Here’s a card-in-progress made using the frame die and background paper in a wood grain, and the leading in black. The actual window paper has not been chosen yet. But it can be made into stained glass, or perhaps a mirror with reflective silver paper (with or without the black leading), or take the leading out and create a window opening to a scene outside!

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Here are some finished Baptism remembrance cards made with these dies. The design is based off one I found online. I love how the scored white paper gives the impression of wainscoting, while the sparkly window paper looks like brilliantly-reflecting sunshine.

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If you’re into paper crafting and you’re interested in creating a stained glass look, take a look through your papers to see what patterns might make for an interesting effect. Don’t be afraid to experiment with less-traditional-looking possibilities.

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Move your window leading around on the paper to see the interesting patterns and color combinations you can capture.

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So, speaking of stained glass windows… how about another contest???

For this contest, all I’m looking for are photographs of stained glass windows found in Lutheran churches. They have to be photos you’ve taken yourself. Your name will be entered in the prize draw for EACH photo you send me! (But please do stick with sending decent-quality photos… nothing blurry or out-of-focus… in short, photos I can post here.) If your own church doesn’t have much in the way of interesting windows, take a little road trip… there are no rules saying it has to be your home church, just a Lutheran church.  🙂

You’ll be qualified to win this church window cutter from Global Sugar Arts (see product at website here and for info about use)…

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…AND an additional stained glass window-themed mystery prize!

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Send me your photos through Facebook (preferably) or email (kellyklages@mymts.net) before June 20. A winner will be chosen then. Good luck!

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