Creating Kindness: René Magritte Inspired

Homemade card with masking technique video by Natalie Lapakko inspired by Rene Magritte featuring Crafting Together stamps from Stampin' Up!

Creating Kindness: René Magritte Inspired

My card today brings me back to my roots as an art teacher; I selected one of my favorite artists for inspiration and created a card inspired by the surrealist, René Magritte.

Homemade card with masking technique video by Natalie Lapakko inspired by Rene Magritte featuring Crafting Together stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake

Creating Kindness Blog Hop

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I am super excited to be hopping along with the Creating Kindness Design Team today! This team goes above and beyond with their blog hops, making amazing cards and several of the members create technique videos to teach papercrafting techniques to go along with their posts. I’m so honored to be hopping along with these amazingly talented individuals!

Make sure to follow the links at the bottom of each post to visit all the amazing projects. Watch the accompanying videos, too, to learn new papercrafting techniques!

Here’s my project!

Homemade card with masking technique video by Natalie Lapakko inspired by Rene Magritte featuring Crafting Together stamps from Stampin' Up!

Fine Art Inspiration

I used to be an art teacher before becoming an analyst and a mom. I didn’t have the space in my home to set up a studio for painting or ceramics, nor the time to devote to large projects. I really missed creating things.

About two years ago, my mom brought me to her card club and I became totally hooked! Making cards allows me to make a tiny little art project in a fraction of the time it would take to make a painting or a sculpture.

I was really excited to learn that the Creating Kindness team had selected “Fine Art” as their theme for this blog hop. This theme takes me right back to my roots!

I had a tough time choosing which artist I wanted to feature, because I love so many. I finally ended up choosing the surrealist artist, René Magritte. I love how imaginative he is, and how his paintings make you look at the world in a new way.

I chose to portray a specific painting, called the Human Condition, because I thought it would be fun to add some 3D effects to Magritte’s original image.

In this image, Magritte paints a beach background that looks like a three dimensional space stretching out a long, long way. Then he adds a painting of that space that exists on a flat canvas. This causes our brains to do a little work, trying to resolve whether that space in the canvas is really flat or really an extension of the three dimensional space behind it.

I decided to continue Magritte’s play on space in card format. When the card is closed, it has the same two illusionary spaces that Magritte’s card had. Then, when the card is opened, the depth between the  beach background and the beach painting becomes real, physical space.

Also, aside from that really “deep” art stuff, I thought it would look really cool.

Homemade card with masking technique video by Natalie Lapakko inspired by Rene Magritte featuring Crafting Together stamps from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

For the first time ever, my card directions are in video format! The video didn’t include the sizes that I cut my cardstock, so I’ll include that here, then you can go watch the video!

  • Whisper White card base: standard size (1/4 sheet of cardstock)
  • Crumb Cake layer: standard size (1/4 sheet of cardstock)
  • Flirty Flamingo or Tangerine Tango strip: 1-1/4″ (3.1 cm) tall
  • Whisper White painting: 1-1/2 by 1-3/4″ (3.7 x 4.3 cm)
  • Crumb Cake easel: 1-1/2 by 1-3/4″ (3.7 x 4.3 cm)
  • Crumb Cake easel leg strips: 1/4″ (0.6 cm)


Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango or Flirty Flamingo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Crafting Forever (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes or Layering Squares Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white gel pen, washi tape, embossing paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, palette knives, sponges, dimensionals

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Hop Around the World

Make sure to visit the rest of the amazing Creating Kindness Design Team! They have even more fine art inspired projects ready to inspire you.

The next stop is Maria Willis at Cardbomb. You are going to love her project! Don’t forget to bookmark the blogs of this amazing Design Team as you hop along. You’ll want to keep on eye on these talented guys and gals!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Stamp Witch Blog Natalie's hand painted signature

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Click on a picture below to view the post about that individual project.

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17 thoughts on “Creating Kindness: René Magritte Inspired”

  1. This is such an incredibly cool concept Natalie! I love your take on this masterpiece! Your video was awesome! I can’t believe that it is your 1st ever video tutorial! You aced it! 💖

  2. I hope you get this email? I just saw a card/project that you inspired by Krissy Buck. It’s a Pop=Up Diorama card. I’d love the directions for making this card. She made a beautiful card. I’d love to make one too! Thank yo so much for sharing!

  3. Yes!!! I love this! This card project looks amazing. I am making the fall my time of Kindness, and this fits perfectly with that! Love it! I am also reading How Love Wins by Doug Carnine at the moment. Trying to create habits of daily acts of kindness has been eye opening for me, I had no idea how much I needed this!

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