In the City with Dinosaurs!!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Pieces and Patterns and Into the City stamps from Stampin' Up!

In the City with Dinosaurs!!

This card combines some of my absolute favorite things: whimsical illustrations, bright colors, some prominent Bermuda Bay, and fun watercolor techniques. It’s no wonder that this card combining In the City and Pieces and Patterns stamps is my new favorite!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Pieces and Patterns and In the City stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black

In the City is a new host set that lets you build your own little neighborhood or city. Pieces and Patterns has an adorable dinosaur in it. I couldn’t help but combine them in a fun Godzilla-style scene.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Pieces and Patterns and In the City stamps from Stampin' Up!

The Downlow on Hosting

Remember that you are only eligible to order host sets, like In the City, if you have earned Stampin’ Rewards by being a “host”. Why the quotes? Because you can either host an actual gathering of friends at a workshop and have everyone order as a group… or you can be the host of your own personal party. Any order over $150 is eligible to earn Stampin’ Rewards, even if there are not multiple people on an order!

June is a great month to host or “host” an event for two reasons:

  1. There is a brand new catalog full of stamps, papers, and embellishments you just have to have.
  2. Stampin’ Up! is offering a a special promotion for hosts this month. Any orders over $350 (U.S.) will earn an additional $35. So cool!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Pieces and Patterns and In the City stamps from Stampin' Up!

Twofold Inspiration

This card draws inspiration from two different sources. The first is Global Design Project Challenge #090!

I used the tilted panel and the tied twine, the circle became the city and the heart became the dinosaur… but I turned everything a little bit sideways on my final card because it seemed to balance a little better.

My card today was also inspired by an amazing artist, Shannon Lane. I love her bright, cheerful cards and am always delighted to see each of her new creations. She uses fun techniques and is an expert embellisher. All the elements on her cards come together is just such a way that is perfect every time.

Shannon is part of the Artisan Design Team, an elite group of bloggers chosen by Stampin’ Up! for their high quality cardmaking, photography, storytelling, and blog design: and rightly so! Go check out her blog Crush on Colour. I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

Shannon made a card awhile back that I admired. It had a cool city, embossed in white on black paper. I totally loved it, and I totally copied it. Here is her original blog post and here is a picture of Shannon’s card:

Birthday card by Shannon Lane using Stampin' Up! products.

Isn’t this card awesome?!

Here are two more cards, which I didn’t see until after I made my card, but are equally awesome. One uses the same Pieces and Patterns dinosaur stamp that I used and both have really cool backgrounds. Check Shannon’s original post to see how she made these cool cards!

Cards by Shannon Lane featuring Pieces and Patterns from Stampin' Up!

Thank you, Shannon, for the awesome inspiration! You totally rock!

Card Directions

I created the background of this as a total experiment. Watercolor never turns out quite the same way twice in a row. If you try this at home, chances are your card may look totally different, but still awesome.

  1. First, cut and crease a Bermuda Bay card base.
  2. Second, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Next, cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On the watercolor paper, stamp these colored ink pads directly onto the paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, and Bermuda Bay. I made sure to put Daffodil Delight between the pink and greens, because I knew it would mix nicely with both.
  5. Spritz the paper with water in a mini mister. Let it dry. I usually use a heat tool to help speed this along, but I made this at the end of a crafting session and let it dry overnight instead. With a lot of water on the page, using a heat tool would push the colors around and may have caused drip marks.  The paper may curl when it is wet, but it will usually flatten out again once it is dry.
  6. Stamp several buildings from In the City on black paper with VersaMark ink.
  7. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder melts. Fussy cut out the city.
  8. On a piece of scrap Whisper White, sponge Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay. Heat set the ink with a heat tool to make sure it is completely dry. (My ink was not completely dry, so I ended up with some speckles on the dinosaur’s tail where the embossing powder stuck to the ink. I liked it that way, so I kept it.)
  9. Stamp the dinosaur from Pieces and Patterns with VersaMark ink onto the sponged scrap. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off the excess, and heat until it melts. Fussy cut out the dinosaur.
  10. Adhere the card base, Whisper White, and watercolor layers together.
  11. Wrap two pieces each of Basic Black and Solid Basic Black Baker’s Twine around the card and tie in a square knot (that’s a regular ol’ knot, nothing fancy).
  12. Adhere the city and dinosaur with dimensionals.
  13. Add a couple of Brights Enamel Shapes in a triangle shape around the focal point. I used Pumpkin Pie, because I got some great oranges when my inks mixed. Bermuda Bay or Daffodil Delight would also look great, depending on how the background turns out!

Card by Natalie Lapakko with In the City stamps from Stampin' Up!

Color Mixology for a Bright Color Combination

It’s summer, it is sunny, and I adore bright colors! Do I need any other excuse to pick such tropical colors? I think not.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black

When you are going to be letting your inks mix orend together, even if it is kind of random, it is a good idea to put colors that you know will mix well next to each other. Know what primary colors go into a color and make sure to avoid letting all three primaries mix, or you’ll make brown.

Red + Yellow = Orange (Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, etcetera)

Yellow + Blue = Green (Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, etcetera)

Blue + Red = Violet (Sweet Sugarplum, Wisteria Wonder, etcetera)

Red + Yellow + Blue = Brown

So, you don’t want to put Calypso Coral (orange) next to Bermuda Bay (green), because together they have all three primary ingredients and when they mix they will make some sort of brown.

This is a good rule of thumb and it may seem obvious, but sometimes even I am surprised by colors that don’t mix well. For example, I thought that Pool Party (light blue) would mix well with Blushing Bride (light pink). That should make a nice light violet, right? I didn’t realize quite how much green was actually in the Pool Party and it made brown instead of violet. Ick. It never hurts to test out your colors before putting them on a finished card.


Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper

Ink: VersaMark, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: In the City, Pieces and Patterns (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool, spritzer, Brights Enamel Shapes (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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6 thoughts on “In the City with Dinosaurs!!”

  1. Adorable card!! And thank you for the refresher on how colors combine – Art 101 was a looong time ago😉

  2. This is so fun! I love how this turned out with the rich colors and the black city and the dino of course!

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