4 Split Panel Cards You Can Make Yourself

Split Panel Cards are Fun and Easy

Split panel cards are a fun and easy to make. They add dimension to your card, help draw attention to your focal point, and give you a chance to use up some of your gorgeous designer series paper stash. What’s not to love?

Split panel cards are also tie in perfectly with TGIF Challenge #68!

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I love the diagonal line layout of this challenge and it provides the perfect opportunity to practice using split panels!

This split panel card is homemade by Natalie Lapakko.

How to Make a Split Panel Card

Here’s how you can make a split panel card:

  1. Create the card base. For these directions, we will be using a standard size card base (US: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, metric: 10.6cm x 14.7cm).
  2. Cut the background designer series paper 1/8″ (0.6cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut the front panel 3/8″ (1 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Determine how wide you would like the split in the front panel to be. Trim that amount off the top of the front panel in a straight line. I trimmed mine by 3/4″ (1.9cm).
  5. Optional: If you want to add stamping to the front panel, add it now.
  6. Place your front panel in your trimmer at the desired angle of the opening and trim!
  7. Dry fit the split panel on the card and add any additional elements to the front of the card. In my example card, I added the cupcakes.
  8. Use dimensionals to elevate the front panel. Use extra dimensionals behind any elements (such as my cupcakes in this example) that will also be elevated. Note that I layered two dimensionals together for elements that spanned the opening.
  9. Once the front panel has been adhered, your card is complete!

How to add dimensionals to a split panel card, by Natalie Lapakko.

Additional tips

I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to create this fun stack of cupcakes. I had a lot of fun stamping the cupcake bottom on fun designer series papers, like the paper seen here from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack. Try stamping on designer series papers and see what you can come up with!

The Tree Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up! makes the tops of the cupcakes really easy to punch out. I found it was easier to stamp the image onto the Rich Razzleberry paper first, then punch it out with the punch.

Sprinkles of Life cupcakes on a split panel card by Natalie Lapakko

Three More Split Panel Card Ideas

Zoo babies split panel card by Natalie Lapakko.

Learn how to make a split panel card that reveals the card’s inside!

This split panel card by Natalie Lapakko was created using the No Bones About It stamp set.

Learn to use stamps, designer series paper, and fussy cutting for a multi-dimensional split card.

Natalie Lapakko created a split panel card with balloons as the focal point.

Learn how split cards help draw attention to your focal point.

My photography assistant approves of the split panel technique. He suggests that you should go try it right now!

Natalie Lapakko's cat lies in the way of split panel card photography shoot.

A Bewitching Color Combination

I love the contrast between Peekaboo Peach and Rich Razzleberry. They are almost complementary colors, which means they are nearly opposite each other on the color wheel. All that contrast causes  these elements to really stand out!

Color Combo: Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe, and Peekaboo Peach

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Materials

Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

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

Other: dimensionals

 

Cute Little Stinker

This card corresponds with two challenges. The first is What Will You Stamp Challenge #75!

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The Second is Can You Case It Challenge #131!

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When I first sat down to make this card I was feeling really uninspired. It had been a long day, we finally got our son to sleep, and we had about an hour before bed. I also hadn’t been sleeping well. I was tired, too tired even for stamping, or so I thought. My husband gave me a look and said, “You were going to make cards tonight. You would probably sleep better if you made something.”

So I went down to my office and whipped something up. Once I got working, everything came together easily. And you know what? I slept like a log afterwards.

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I combined soft yellows with bold blacks in my designer series papers from Stampin’ Up! The Daffodil Delight polka dots are from the Fruit Stand collection and the black zigzags are from the Pop of Pink collection.

The little skunk is, of course, built using the Fox Builder Punch and the Foxy Friends stamps set, both from Stampin’ Up! For the most part, my little skunk isn’t very different from the standard way many people have been creating skunks with this punch set… until you get to his tail. For my tail, I actually punched 3 tail shapes, two in black and one in white. I layered all three together, adhered them together, and trimmed the tip a bit so it was a little pointier. The result is a little wider tail with a little thinner white stripe.

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For a card I didn’t feel like making at first, this turned out pretty stinkin’ cute! My husband deserves at least half the credit for this card’s existence. It’s amazing to have such a supportive person in my life. Thanks, hubby!

Thank you readers, as well, for stopping by, reading my story and admiring my card! Happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Smokey Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fruit Stand, Pop of Pink Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Foxy Friends stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air

It’s Your Pinata!

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #046!

GDP046.jpgThis was a fun sketch to work with, but I definitely took some liberties! My greeting was too big to fit in the panel I had picked out, so I popped it out in a little panel all its own. Then, the little pinata, which was supposed to be where the heart is in the sketch, looked a little lost up there, so I brought it down to sit next to the greeting.

In the end I ended up with a bright, cheery, festive birthday card that would be great for all ages 1-101!

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This card really showcases Festive Birthday Designer Series Papers from Stampin’ Up! Two of the banners AND the cute little pinata are all part of that paper series. The last banner was my very last strip of pink polka dot paper from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper. Adios, polka dots!

Tip: If you choose to cut out a little pinata and pop him up on dimensionals, I highly recommend gluing him to a piece of cardstock backing first. The designer series paper is a little thinner than cardstock, which means that if you pop it up on dimensionals then stick it in an envelope, it is likely to get squashed and bent. A little extra stiffness from a cardstock backing goes a long way.

The Big News stamp set is recently retired… but it is still new to me! I just got it as last year’s catalog was ending, so I am giving it a go! These extra large sentiments are extra fun. They are basically an image and a sentiment all in one! I stamped this image in Crushed Curry and then used a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the little accents and punctuation.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Festive Birthday, Pop of Pink Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Big News stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

 

Dinosaur Love

Today’s card was created for Stamp Ink Paper challenge #58!

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I clearly took some liberties with this sketch. I used a dinosaur shape instead of a rectangle and my sentiment doesn’t actually have any words and got moved up. The point of the challenge is to be inspired, though, and I definitely was!

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This is a pretty wild color combination. It has lots of bright colors and lots of contrast. With dinosaurs as a focal point and a sentiment that requires zero ability to read, this is the perfect card for a kid birthday, valentine, or a just-because-I-love-you card!

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This type of color scheme has a couple different names including “split complementary” and “compound harmony” color schemes. It is similar to a complementary color scheme, which has two colors on completely opposite sides of the color wheel, such as blue and orange, but trades out one of the colors for the two colors on either side of it, such as yellow orange and red orange. The layout of colors looks a little like a fork, with a handle on one side and two or three tines on the other side.

If I had followed this color scheme type really strictly, I probably would have picked Tempting Turquoise instead of Night of Navy. As you can see, my fork shape got a little crooked.

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I love this bright and bold color scheme! This image was created with one of my favorite color tools on the internet: Adobe Color CC.  This tool allows you to input your own color codes (such as official Stampin’ Up hex values) and see how they work together. You can also select different types of color schemes and move one of the colors to watch all the colors move in relation to each other. This is a great tool for finding colors that work well together! Try it out!

This color scheme is so active that the rest of the card can be very simple, which makes it easy to make.  If you want to try making this card for for your favorite dinosaur loving person, here’s how. All products mentioned are from Stampin’ Up!

  1. Cut a standard sized card (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ OR 4-1/4″ x 11″) in Watermelon Wonder, crease, and fold in half.
  2. Cut a Whisper White panel at 5-1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie colored Fiesta Birthday Designer Series Paper at 5-1/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  4. Cut a piece of polka dot patterned Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper at 1-3/4″ x 3-7/8″.
  5. Stamp a dinosaur from the No Bones About It stamp set in Real Red. Fussy cut with a thin white border.
  6. Stamp a heart filled word bubble from the Foxy Friends stamp set in Watermelon Wonder. Outline with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker. Fussy cut out with a thin white border.
  7. Assemble using your favorite adhesive. Add dimensionals behind the dinosaur and word bubble.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials:

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fiesta Birthday, Floral Boutique Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Blissful Fox

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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This is my ever-so-helpful assistant.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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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