Cathedral Window Tags by Paula Cheney

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! We’re honored to have the super talented and creative Paula Cheney as a special guest on our blog today bringing us some absolutely AMAZING Cathedral Window tags! Read on for more information and enjoy!

When the Etcetera Cathedral Windows came out, I knew I wanted to use the smallest ones to create a few special embellishments for my Christmas packages.  I gathered a few of my favorite products of the season but soon realized there were so many ideas to create whatever style you wished just by varying the colors and theme.  Follow along and I’ll show you what I mean!

As I said, I chose the smallest Cathedral Windows for the base.  There are four, 2.75 x 4.25” windows in each package which was perfect for my project.

To create three different styles using the same product…start with color.  I painted each window with a different color paint: Distress Paint in Black Soot, Antique Linen, and Media Acrylic Paint in Ancient (a great metallic color). 

Let’s start with the three different backgrounds and then we will pull everything together at the end.

Shabby Chic Window

  1. Use StazOn ink to stamp the pine branch from Stampers Anonymous Yuletide Gatherings onto piece of transparency.
  • Cut the transparency to fit the window. 
  • TURN THE TRANSPARENCY OVER (to protect the inked image).  On the BACK of the transparency, pounce Meadow Alcohol Ink over the branches of the stamped image.
  • Turn the transparency to the right side and adhere the window with Collage Medium.

Gold Mirrored Window

  1. Cut a sheet of Mirrored the same size as the window.
  2. Pounce Mushroom Alcohol Ink over Mirrored as well as the painted frame to age.
  3. Adhere the cathedral window to the Mirrored piece with Collage Medium.

Stained Glass Window

  1. Cut a piece of Brushed Silver Alcohol Ink cardstock.  I like the brushed silver cardstock because it gives the Alcohol Ink an iridescent finish that will look amazing under the lights of the Christmas Tree.  You will not be disappointed!
  2. Spritz 91% Isopropyl Alcohol over cardstock (use in a well ventilated room).
  3. Quickly shake multiple colors of Alcohol Ink over the surface.
  • Use a blending Tool with a clean felt pad to pounce over the Alcohol Ink.
  • Spritz 91% Isopropyl Alcohol over cardstock.  Don’t worry, you haven’t messed up your work.  Just wait, and in a few minutes it will all blend back together. just like magic.
  • At this point you can decide if you want to add more layers or be done. Totally a matter of taste.  Once you are happy, cut the cardstock to fit the window and adhere with Collage Medium.

Set aside the windows while you create some flowers using the Large Funky Festive die

  1. Cut all die pieces using Distress Watercolor paper.  Cut the pine, jumper and poinsettia twice.
  2. Use a Detailer Water Brush and Distress Ink to color each flower/greens.  

NOTE: You could easily cut the same dies with colored cardstock and skip the hand coloring if you wish. 

Now bring everything together to finish the windows. 

Stained Glass Window: thread a vintage button onto string and wrap it multiple times around the window, ending in a bow. 

Gold Mirrored Window – tie a bow with ice blue ribbon (that might seem strange for Christmas but it will work for what I have in mind)

Shabby Chic Window – wrap a thin stick with Mummy Cloth and glue to the window.

Notes on the fishing touches:

  • The windows are small, so every piece of greenery was clipped into at least two pieces after coloring.
  • I added Clear Rock Candy Glitter over the top of both poinsettias, and the pink berries.
  • Distress Mica was added to each window at the very end.  To do that, just tap on a small amount of Collage Medium and sprinkle Mica over the top (do not press down).  Let dry, then tap off excess.

Shabby Chic Window

White and green floral + Tiny Bells and sentiment from the Christmas Sticker Book.

SUPPLIES:

Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2019…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY BELLS…
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Tim Holtz Etcetera CATHEDRAL…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix LARGE FUNKY FESTIVE…
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Tim Holtz 4.25 X 5.5 DISTRESS…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICA FLAKES Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Distress Glitter CLEAR ROCK…
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MINI APPLICATOR…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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Tim Holtz DETAILER WATER BRUSH Ranger…
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Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES…
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Tim Holtz Distress Paint ANTIQUE…
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Tsukineko Stazon JET BLACK INK PAD SZ-31
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MEADOW Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad ICED…
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Simon Says Stamp GRID TRANSPARENCY…
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Stained Glass Window

Cut the poinsettia in half to fit around button + gift tag from the Christmas Sticker Book.

SUPPLIES:

Tim Holtz ALCOHOL INK CARDSTOCK…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink TURQUOISE…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink RED PEPPER…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MEADOW Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Etcetera CATHEDRAL…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix LARGE FUNKY FESTIVE…
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Tim Holtz 4.25 X 5.5 DISTRESS…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICA FLAKES Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Distress Glitter CLEAR ROCK…
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium…
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Scrapbook Adhesives 126 3D WHITE FOAM…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MINI APPLICATOR…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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Tim Holtz DETAILER WATER BRUSH Ranger…
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Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES…
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap
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Tim Holtz SHABBY ACCOUTREMENTS…
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Gold Mirrored Window

Added greens and holly + Tiny Bells + postcard sticker from the Christmas Sticker Book.

SUPPLIES:

Dina Wakley Ranger ANCIENT 1OZ Media…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology MIRRORED Sheets…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY BELLS…
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Tim Holtz Etcetera CATHEDRAL…
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Tim Holtz Sizzix LARGE FUNKY FESTIVE…
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Tim Holtz 4.25 X 5.5 DISTRESS…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS MICA FLAKES Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Distress Glitter CLEAR ROCK…
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium…
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Scrapbook Adhesives 126 3D WHITE FOAM…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MINI APPLICATOR…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
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Tim Holtz DETAILER WATER BRUSH Ranger…
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Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES…
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MUSHROOM Ranger…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad BARN…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Therm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE AND…
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To use on a wrapped present, just poke a hole through the top of the window.  Thread with string or jute and add to the bow or ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and a BIG thank you to Paula for this gorgeous trio of inspiration!

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  1. The windows are magnificent.
    So many ways to embellish them.
    Love the stained glass look.
    thanks for sharing
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  2. WOW & thank you Paula. My favorite inspiration for the whole season from anywhere. Great tutorials-looking forward to giving some of your techniques a try. My favorite is definitely the mirror glass with the little bird card. Now to try cutting my mirror glass!

  3. So glad I got to see these in person! The pictures truly do not do them justice! I love them all, but the mirrored window is my favorite!

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