Dinosaur Love

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


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!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Dinosaur Love 2

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.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Dinosaur Love 3

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


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.


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:

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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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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

Strawberry Surprise

First, I would like to thank the design team at Global Design Project for selecting my ice cream card as an honorable mention for last week’s challenge! I play along for the inspiration and all the amazing ideas I get from seeing everyone’s cards… but it is always nice to have recognition as well. I am incredibly honored!

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #246!

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I chose a strawberry pattern paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Fruit Stand designer series paper collection.  I love this paper, but it certainly was a challenge to work with on a card that was supposed to be clean and simple; this paper has a lot going on!

I tried several different versions of this card and they were all getting too busy for my taste. I did two different things to try and calm this card down.

First, I used bold black outlines. The black stripe across the card brings a lot of stability to the card’s design. Horizontal lines subconsciously remind our brains of oceans, beds, and other calming flat things. This particular line is also very dark, giving it a lot of weight, and therefore even more stability.

There wasn’t any black in the designer series paper, though, so on it’s own this black stripe would have looked a little out of place. To tie everything together, I hand outlined the strawberries and leaves on the designer series paper using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Strawberry Fields

Second, I simplified the design further by taking off the tag and making it a stand alone element. I now have a coordinating card and gift tag! I designed the tag shape using Adobe Illustrator and cut it out using the Cricut Air Explore. If you’ve got a fancy paper cutting machine, I’ve included the image below. Feel free to use, but if you do, I’d appreciate if you left a comment or sent back a picture of what you made with it!

Gift Tags

Wondering how I made these cute little strawberries? Can you guess? I’ll give you a clue: punches!

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The strawberries are actually balloons, punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I just cut off the “neck” of the balloon (that’s what the part is called where the air goes in). The green top of the strawberry was punched out using the Fox Builder punch. The shape that is normally the bottom of the fox’s face is also perfect for leaves, if you double it up! I finished off the strawberries with a couple of white colored pencil seeds- really just some quick scribbly shapes.

Finally, the stamp on the tag comes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, which has lots of cute, friendly little phrases that fit perfectly on small areas like tag fronts.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Note: Fruit Stand paper technically coordinates with Watermelon Wonder and NOT Real Red, but with the watercolor effect some of the strawberries look much darker and I think it looks just as nice paired with Real Red.


Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

Punches: Fox Builder, Balloon Bouquet Punches (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Other: dimensionals, white colored pencil, Cricut Explore Air


Moon Rabbit

This is my third post today (I said I had a pile of cards to share!) Check out the other two cards here and here if you missed them.

I made this card for two challenges! The first is Pals Paper Arts Challenge #310!


Then, because I love the color scheme I did another card for Global Design Project #045!


I played around with the arrangement of the elements a lot on this card to get the balance just right. In the end, the sketch was turned upside down and had an extra circle added.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Space Rabbit 2

The grey polka dot paper reminds me of a moon, which makes this cute little rabbit an astronaut.  The rabbit was made using the Fox Builder Punch. I turned the head shape upside down so his cheeks would be down lower. I also used the fox cheek shape, cut it in half, rounded the corners, and used it as the rabbit’s back feet. The ears also use that shape. The front feet were stamped then fussy cut out, because I think it looks more 3D to have the feet stick down a little bit.

I had to do a lot of rearranging on this card in order to make the balance right. Most of the time spent making the card, actually. I tilted the rabbit this way and that, moved the circles around several different ways… and finally the perfect balance was achieved by added a little HB (Happy Birthday) flag. Sometimes the smallest elements make a big difference! The flag was inspired by the little HB flag stamp from the Cupcake Builder stamp set by Stampin’ Up! but I made it larger so it would maatch the size of the rabbit. The HB is written in white colored pencil.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Space Rabbit 3

Thanks for visiting! Happy stamping!

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

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends Stamp Set

Punches and Dies: Circle Dies, Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimentionals, white colored pencil, sponge


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!


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?

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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.

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Stay cool everyone, and happy stamping!

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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