Clean, Simple, and Pink to CASE Louise Sharp

Clean and simple card by Natalie Lapakko with the All Things Thanks stamp set from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray

Clean, Simple, and Pink

This clean, simple, and pink card is inspired by an amazingly talented card designer: Louise Sharp! This is a quick and easy card, which is great for classes or for making cards en masse, such as for a swap, thank you cards for customers, or in a pack as a gift or craft sale item! It would also be easy to swap out the paper patterns and color scheme for a whole different feel from the same design.

I couldn’t resist using the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper one more time! As I write this, Sale-a-bration has only hours left. It has been an awesome season with lots of amazing products and I’m sad to see it go… but it does mean that the new annual catalog is just around the corner! Wahoo!

Clean and simple homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring All Things Thanks stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #080!

I love CASE the designer challenges! This week we are inspired by Louise Sharp, one of the founders or the Global Design Project! Eeek! I’m so excited!

Louise Sharp is an incredibly talented designer and I’ve been following her blog almost since the first time I started making cards. Her cards are light, airy, and fresh feeling. They often have a delicate and feminine feel, though her card for the challenge this week is much more masculine, showing off her tremendous diversity!

I have CASEd Louise’s clean and simple card layout and floral theme, but I changed the colors in honor of Louise’s favorite color: pink!

Thanks, Louise, for all the inspiration and for creating this awesome challenge!

Clean and simple card idea using All Things Thanks stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko

Card Directions

The darker of these cards is in Melon Mambo and Basic Gray. The lighter card is Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate. In the following directions I will use “pink” and “gray” so you can use the same directions to make either card.

  1. First, cut and score a gray card base.
  2. Next, cut a pink panel 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Choose your favorite pattern of gray paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack and cut a strip 1-1/4″ (3.1 cm) wide. Adhere this to the Inside The Lines paper about a third of the way up from the bottom. Trim any excess off so the edges match.
  5. Adhere the following three layers together: gray card base, pink panel, and the Inside the Lines panel.
  6. From gray cardstock, cut a decorative border shape using Flourish Thinlit Dies. Adhere this on top of the patterned strip. Trim off any excess.
  7. On pink cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the All Things Thanks stamp set in black ink. Then, cut it out using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.
  8. Adhere the sentiment to the card using dimensionals to add depth.

Clean and simple card designed by Natalie Lapakko. Features All Things Thanks stamp set, by Stampin' Up!

Monochromatic Color Combination

This color scheme focuses on a single color paired up with neutrals, which makes it a monochromatic color scheme! Monochromatic schemes are naturally very high in unity, meaning the card easily looks very cohesive, like everything goes together.

The downside of all that unity is that monochromatic color schemes have less contrast, which naturally draws attention. That means if you aren’t careful, you’ll have a card that is monotonous and boring. You’ll have to rely on other elements to spice things up!

These card get their spice from the bold difference in the neutrals (black, white, and gray) and the contrast of shapes with rigid straight edges next to soft curves. They layout also reserves most of the color for the focal point in one big splash to draw attention there.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray

Materials 

Clean and simple card by Natalie Lapakko with the All Things Thanks stamp set from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray. #GDP080

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: All Things Thanks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Flourish Thinlit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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3 thoughts on “Clean, Simple, and Pink to CASE Louise Sharp”

  1. Hi Natalie! Your cards are STUNNING, loving the PINK 😉 and I’m so grateful you played along and CASEd me this week for the Global Design Project. xo

  2. Beautiful cards Natalie. That DSP works so well in your projects uncoloured. Love the added die cut details. A lovely take on Louise’s card. Thank you so much for playing along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge!

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