Blissful Fox

Today’s card was inspired by the Paper Players Challenge #305.

pp305.jpg

First of all, I LOVE this sketch. It is so cute and offers so many possibilities to showcase favorite stamps, punches, and designer series papers. I’ve been looking forward to using this Island Indigo designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper collection for a long time. I’ve literally had a piece of it sitting out on my desk for several weeks, just waiting for the right card idea… and this is it!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Foxy Teal 2

To really showcase this paper, I decided to combine it with it’s opposite color to create a complimentary color scheme. Complimentary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel, create a lot of contrast. Contrast draws attention and can help make elements of a card really stand out. Even a small amount of contrast does the trick. For example, I chose to use very skinny borders of Calypso Coral around the edges of my Island Indigo panels. They are only 1/16th of an inch wide, but they are very visible!

This is what my complimentary color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

Complementary Colors

This image comes from Adobe Color CC, one of my favorite tools for creating all different kinds of color schemes.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Foxy Teal 3

When using high contrast, like with these colors, it is important to consider the unity throughout the entire card. Repetition of the colors adds unity and helps draw all the elements of a card together. If the fox was the only element that was Calypso Coral on this entire card, she would definitely stand out… but she would also look out of place. By repeating the color in the borders and in the baker’s twine, it makes the color look like it definitely belongs there.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Foxy Teal 4

This is my ever-so-helpful assistant.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Color Combo 81.png

Materials:

Cardstock: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Accents: Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!  <- Retired, but currently on clearance!

Other: dimensionals, white doily, siamese cat

Keeping Cool in Summer

This is my second post today! If you missed the first post, you can see it here.

This card was made for Global Design Project Challenge #045!

GDP045_Colour_Challenge

I know it is summer and it is supposed to be hot… but the heat has been going above and beyond for the past week. When I made this card it was about 94 degrees outside with a humidity of 60%, which put our heat index at 110 degrees. Yikes!

I thought an ice cream cone card would be just perfect to help combat the heat, especially if I stayed in our nice cool basement while I made it.  I did have to substitute Tip Top Taupe for Smokey Slate in the challenge, because who would want to eat a gray ice cream cone?

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Keeping Cool In Summer 2

The ice cream and cone were made using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. I stamped the top and bottom scoops onto Melon Mambo paper and used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the shapes. The center scoop is white paper that I sponged lightly using Melon Mambo ink.

The polka dot papers are both designs from Pop of Pink Designer Series paper by Stampin’ Up!

I added Basic Black borders around the panels, which gives the card a Pop Art look, especially when combined with polka dots.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Keeping Cool In Summer 3

Stay cool everyone, and happy stamping!

Color Combo 16

Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Punch: Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

 

Celebrate Circles

I created this card to celebrate my favorite summer color combination! I took out all the Designer Series Papers I had that used Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry and spread them out ALL over the floor of my office and joyfully mixed and matched them. It was so much fun!

I decided to create a grid pattern with lots of layered circles. Circles are great. Circle dies were one of the first card making tools that I invested in, and they were so worth it! I use circles in so many different card layouts! Stampin’ Up! has a new set of layering circle dies that also include scalloped circles… I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

CelebrateCircles2.png

I used another favorite to add a little pop to my card… dimensionals! The center circle layer is raised up on dimensionals for extra depth.

I will be off on vacation the week of the 4th of July. I have some things to share with you while I’m gone, but I will be unable to answer any questions until I get back. I am taking all sorts of my new card making things with me on vacation that I’ve been too busy to try out yet… and I’m so excited!

For US readers: I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! For everyone: Happy Stamping!

Color Combo 41

Materials:

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals, It’s My Party, Cherry On Top Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: And Many More (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Other: dimensionals, Cherry On Top Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

Perfect Simplicity

For today’s card, I returned to the Rose Garden thinlit dies.

TealRoseYellowRose2

The rose image stamped out from the largest die in this set is so beautiful, you hardly have to do anything to it to make a card. This card features two roses, two leaves, and a plain white background; simple!

To make a card like this, I cut a rose in Bermuda Bay and one in Daffodil Delight. I carefully trimmed off the leaves, rounding the edges so it looked like they were never there in the first place. I also cut out two leaves in Wild Wasabi; I didn’t cut a whole rose out for these. I just cut a piece big enough for a leaf, ran the leaf part of the die through the machine, and backed it out again.

Optional: You can save the petal pieces that are cut out from the rose to create neat stained glass effects! For example, I used the Daffodil Delight petals to make this card.

Once my pieces were ready to go, I laid them out on my card. The two roses overlap, so I trimmed the Daffodil Delight rose so it would look like it was behind the Bermuda Bay one. I adhered the roses and leaves to the white card panel and trimmed all the edges where they overlapped.

The trickiest part is that the ends like to stick up if they aren’t glued down really well. If you use liquid glue, make sure to use very tiny dots so the glue doesn’t squeeze out and make a mess. If you use glue dots (like I did) glue down every single loose end around the edges of the card. These loose ends love to catch on things, then get bent at awkward angles, and don’t look nearly as pretty. It is a hassle to put a glue dot (or dot of liquid glue) on every little piece, but it is totally worth it!

TealRoseYellowRose3

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Color Combo 49.png

Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Glue Dots

A CASE for Shawn De Oliveira

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #40.

GDP040 Shawn

Shawn’s card is gorgeous; he put together such beautiful colors and painted them with such rich shading and lovely texture and he tied all of that together in a perfectly balanced asymmetrical layout.

I loved the rich yellow of the flowers in his card, so I decided to focus on that and keeping the same layout. I also added texture, but mine is real rather than painted and stamped. I also chose a natural accent, but chose burlap instead of twine.

HomemadeByNatalieLapakkoGrassyMeadow2

I have had Into the Woods Designer Series Paper for awhile now… I have loved it since it first came out, but I didn’t get a chance to purchase it until Christmas, and I haven’t been using a lot of those fall colors since then, so I haven’t used it yet! This sheet was perfect for this card, a bright and cheery Daffodil Delight leaf pattern!

 

HomemadeByNatalieLapakkoGrassyMeadow3

I embossed the inner panel using the Grass Embossing Folder from Darice and sponged just a hint of Daffodil Delight on it to highlight the image.

I added thin outlines of black around each panel to add some contrast. I popped the grassy panel up on dimensionals to give the card a little more depth, and to have space to tuck the burlap ribbon slightly behind it.

The burlap ribbon is held on with glue dots. Those things are miraculous! I haven’t yet come across something that they won’t hold.

This is a great any time card! It could be for either gender and would work for either a joyous, grateful, or solemn occasion.

Thanks for visiting!

Color Combo 73.png

Materials:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

Embossing Folder: Grass Embossing Folder (c) Darice

Other: burlap ribbon, dimensionals, sponge