A Simple Card with a Playful Palette

This card showcases a fun new designer series paper paired with an unexpectedly elegant color: Rich Razzleberry!

The First Challenge

The layout for this card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #249.


As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew it would be a great way to showcase a really fun paper. Using patterned papers can be a daunting challenge for some people, because the patterns can easily overwhelm the other elements of a card. If a card has lots of complicated shapes and layers, wild patterns can make the card look too busy; people don’t know where to look because there is so much going on!

With a card design like this one the images on a patterned paper can be the star of the show. There are only a few simple shapes and quite a bit of open space (often called “white space”). Using a patterned paper here works beautifully because it isn’t overshadowed by a lot of competing things to look at.

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Playful Palette

I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this fun paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.

I have heard and read mixed reviews on this paper stack. Some people love it, but others are intimidated. The color combinations and some of the patterns are really wild! There are huge splashes of color, swirls of brush strokes, and lots of contrasting color schemes like greens mixed with pinks! It’s lots of fun, but can also be a little daunting at first.

A Second Challenge

My card club was talking about this new paper, and sharing some of the above thoughts. We came up with a challenge for ourselves to use a piece of this paper in a card to prove to ourselves and others that this paper need not be intimidating! I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with!

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A Bewitching Color

Playful Palette paper features one of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors called Sweet Sugarplum. I thought at first it was a pink color, but once I had it in front of me I realized that it looks like a lighter Rich Razzleberry. These two colors pair so well together! Even though there isn’t any Rich Razzleberry in the pattern, it looks like it belongs due to the similarity to Sweet Sugar Plum.

Using the darker background paper is a good contrast to the lighter colors in the designer series paper and allows them to really shine.

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I love how these colors look together! If you love them too, feel free to pin this!

A Sentiment on Vellum

I noticed that Karren Johnson, one of the designer team members from Freshly Made Sketches, used vellum for her sentiment in her inspiring card.

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I love everything about this gorgeous card, but I was especially inspired by that vellum, so I borrowed her idea. Go check Karren’s blog for a lot more inspiring and beautiful card ideas! She also has a great tip for adhering her vellum without the adhesive showing through that I had never thought of before.

Thank you Karren for the tips and inspiration!

More Thanks

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love hearing your comments and seeing your “likes”, I get warm fuzzy feelings each time I read what you have to say!

Happy Stamping!


Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Playful Palette Designer Series Paper stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Staz-On Black

Stamps: Bravo (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum


0 thoughts on “A Simple Card with a Playful Palette”

  1. I love these two cards you have made with this fun sketch. I love the vellum. Thanks for your kind words on my Indie thanks using the same sketch. I do indeed color every image I use on all my cards. Sometime you have to try something different and daring and you actually may like the outcome – like using 3 DP on one card ( ^_~ ) . Take care.. hugs.. AJ

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