Pretty Pines and Banners, Inspired by Inge Groot

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Tin or Tags stamps, Pretty Pines Thinlits, and Fancy Frost DSP from Stampin' Up!

Pretty Pines and Banners

This card features Pretty Pines with a gorgeous pinecone that I embossed with copper. It also uses one of my favorite stamp sets of the season called Tin of Tags stamp set. It’s full of fun sentiments in lots of great fonts. They coordinate with a project kit, but so many of the sentiments are perfect for cards, too!

Inspired by Inge Groot

My triple banner layout for this card was inspired by a project by Inge Groot. I loved the way she overlapped all these different banners, ribbons, and embossed textures.


I also really love her color combination, though I couldn’t use it on this project, I’ll definitely be saving it for later! The above gift bags are only one of Inge’s gorgeous projects, check out her blog Stampin’ Cards and Memories for even more amazing inspiration!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was also inspired by Stamp Ink Paper Challenge Challenge #75!


I wasn’t sure if the color for the challenge was closer to Tempting Turquoise or Pool Party and decided to go with the softer of the two, Pool Party. I’m excited by the chance to use copper, since I just got some copper embossing powder for the first time!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Tin of Tags stamps, Pretty Pines Thinlits, and Fancy Frost DSP from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. Card Base: Cut a Pool Party card base.
  2. Stamp the chain of stars image from the Tin of Tags stamp set in Pool Party ink. Stamp it off once before stamping each image, if you’d like a more faded look.
  3. Cut a piece of Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper the same height as the card base and 3/4″ (1.8 cm) more narrow. Adhere this to the card base.
  4. Banner 1: Cut a second piece of Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper 2-3/4″ by 4-1/2″ (7 cm x 11.4 cm). Cut the bottom like a banner. If you don’t have a banner punch or die, check out the tutorial below to make a banner with just a pair of scissors!
  5. Rub banner 1 with VersaMark ink. Sprinkle on copper embossing powder and heat with a heat tool.
  6. Banner 2: Cut a piece of Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper 2-1/2″ by 3-1/2″ (6.3 cm x 8.9 cm). Cut the bottom like a banner.
  7. Apply Pool Party ink to the banner using a sponge and circular rubbing motions. Start the sponge off the top edge (to avoid splotches) and work your way down toward the banner’s bottom fading as you go.
  8. Banner 3: Cut a piece of vellum 2-1/2″ by 3-3/4″ (6.3 cm x 9.4 cm). Cut the bottom like a banner.
  9. Stamp the sentiment from Tin of Tags on the bottom using VersaMark ink. Emboss with copper embossing powder.
  10. Die Cut Embellishments: Cut the small and medium sized pine branches and two large pinecones out from Whisper White using Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies.
  11. Cover one of the pinecone cutouts with VersaMark ink. I put mine face down on the ink pad and squished it down for complete coverage. Then, emboss with copper embossing powder. Try using a clothes pin to hold onto small items while you emboss them!
  12. Adhere the the banners to the top edge of the card. Curl up the bottom edges.
  13. Adhere the die cut embellishments to the card using glue dots. I used rather a lot to make sure nothing would fall off.

Banner shape tutorial: using only scissors, easily create a banner shape in two steps.

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Pretty Pines Thinlits and Tin of Tags stamps from Stampin' Up!

Elegant Christmas Color Combination

Combining blues with metallics makes for very elegant Christmas colors. The Pool Party gives a very calming and serene feel to the card, like snow at midnight. The copper makes it extra fancy.

I would have originally thought to put silver with light blue, but I like the copper a lot. It stands out a little more that silver would against the blue.

Color Combination: Whisper White, Pool Party, Copper

Special Thanks

Thanks you, Inge, for all the inspiration you have provided me, from gorgeous color combinations to awesome layouts. Thanks also for giving me the courage to try more 3D projects instead of making only cards all the time. You are an amazing role model, inspiring people to create all around the world! Thanks!

To all, thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Tin of Tags (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, vellum, copper embossing powder

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7 thoughts on “Pretty Pines and Banners, Inspired by Inge Groot”

  1. Natalie, this is fabulous! A great mixture of elements and I so love our new pinecone set! Great job on our color sketch this week! Thanks for joining at Stamp, Ink, Paper! Crystal

  2. Totally love the way you’ve used the triple banner layout, beautiful project Natalie! Thanks so much for your sweet words, youve made my day 😀

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