floating window card

Floating Element Window Card Tutorial

floating element card

Here's an idea for a card you can make with a floating WOW factor! These floating element window cards are easier than you might imagine once you know the technique. And just think of the possibilities: stars, balloons, hearts, flowers....

Let's get started!

floating element window card


For this card, you will need a set of shaped dies. I used circles, but you can really use any shape you have for your window.

Circle Die Cut Outs

I cut a circle in my patterned paper (Autumn Bouquet by Echo Park) and the card panel I used for the base (Robin's Egg).  Then using the Robin's Egg as a template, I cut a circle in my card base. *If your diecutting machine can cut through all three layers at one time, feel free to do it.  Mine did not, so I needed to cut in stages.*  You need your shapes to line up in all 3 layers to form a window.

how to make a floating element window card

Moving on to the "floater".  Sandwich a piece of clear thread in between 2 leaf diecuts.  Attach the thread to the top and bottom of your window, then cover up that glued thread with your patterned paper.  Now your leaf hangs in your window!

how to make a floating element card window
step 4 of making a floating leaf card
circle die cuts on kraft cardstock

Finally,  I took 2 circle dies (the one I used for my window and the next size up) to make a frame to give my window a more finished look.

how to make a floating window handmade card

You can leave the inside of your card white or lay a piece of coordinating cardstock inside to add more color. 


designer kate deignan

Here's another clever handmade card tutorial!


  • 12x12 Cardstock Shop

    Marveen – It does leave a window (hole) in the front of the card.

  • Marveen Portelli

    Do you cut a circle in the inside of your base card? Won’t that leave a hole in your card?

  • Judy Medrano

    Beautiful card. The colors are outstanding. Your directions are very clear. I can see my Christmas cards now. Thanks for the great idea.

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