Split Panel Cards with Warmth and Cheer

Thank you card with split panel technique by Natalie Lapakko. Features Warmth and Cheer DSP from Stampin' Up!

Warmth and Cheer Split Panel Cards

When I first started making this card, the colors were reversed in my head. It was going to be a white background with a thin stripe of Warmth and Cheer designer series paper across the middle like a belt. That would have looked alright, but fate had other ideas for how this card should look.

As I laid out the supplies I would need for this card, there happened to be a strip of white paper left over from another project lying on the table. It happened to get placed on top of a sheet of Warmth and Cheer. It happened to get me thinking… what would happen if the colors were actually reversed, with a white band instead? One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was making these two split panel cards.

Split panel thank you cards with Warmth and Cheer DSP and a Happy Happenings sentiment. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Challenge Inspired

Two weeks ago, I won the Stamp, Ink, Paper Monochromatic Challenge. I didn’t get a chance to thank the design team here on my blog, so I’d like to take a moment to say it now. Thanks S.I.P. Design Team! I love to play with this amazing challenge for the great ideas and inspirational examples, but it is such an honor to be recognized by such a talented team!

Today’s cards were inspired by Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #67!


I used negative space, emptiness, for the stripe across the middle. That reveals the white paper from the inside of the card. That makes this a Split Panel Card.

I also substituted an oval for the rectangle shape, because I just got the Layering Oval Framelit Dies and wanted to try them out. I still haven’t gotten to use the scalloped ones, though. They seemed a little too frilly to go with these plaid backgrounds.

Split panel thank you card designed by Natalie Lapakko with Warmth and Cheer DSP.

How To Make A Split Panel Card

  1. Cut a standard sized, bottom opening card base in Basic Black. In the US that’s 4-1/4″x11″, scored and creased at 5-1/2″ (10.5 cm x 29.7 cm, creased at 14.85 cm).
  2. Cut 1″ (2.5 cm) off the bottom edge of the front panel. Throw that strip away.
  3. Cut another 1-1/4″ (3 cm) off the bottom edge of the front panel. Save this piece!
  4. Cut an interior Whisper White panel the same size as your card. Adhere this to the inside of the card.
  5. Cut a strip of Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper 1″ (2.5 cm) high and 4″ (10 cm) wide. Adhere this to the strip of black from step 3.
  6. Cut a panel of Warmth and Cheer DSP at 3″ (8.85 cm) high and 4″ (10 cm) wide. Adhere this panel to the upper section of the card front.
  7. Stamp the sentiment from Happy Happenings on Whisper White cardstock. Cut out with an appropriately sized Layering Oval die.
  8. Cut out another Layering oval one size larger in Basic Black.
  9. Adhere the white oval to the black oval.
  10. Dry fit the panels and the ovals together.
  11. Use dimensionals to attach the oval to the two front panels, one at the top and one at the bottom.

Warmth and Cheer thank you card with split front panel, design by Natalie Lapakko.


  • When you are ready to give away one of these cards, make sure that anything you write inside the card doesn’t run into the section of white that shows through to the front of the card!
  • The more the merrier! If you already are doing the math to figure out these panel sizes, you might as well make a couple cards at once! Once you figure this card out once, it is easy to make more.

Warmth and Cheer thank you cards using split panel technique, design by Natalie Lapakko.

Color Combinations

The Garden Green plaid card has just a hint of Delightful Dijon in it. The Basic Black is also muted, which helps the bright green take center stage. This plaid is great for Autumn and Winter cards, including Christmas cards. It’s very snuggly and happy, but also makes a great masculine card.

Color Combo: Basic Black, Garden Green, Delightful Dijon

The Delightful Dijon plaid is possibly my favorite paper in the whole Christmas catalog. I don’t know why I like it so much. It’s not my favorite color (that would be teal) or pattern (that would be polka dots), but for some reason this paper has really captured my heart. I only had a little bit (one sheet) and this card used up quite a bit of that sheet. It was worth it, though. I love how it turned out!

Color combo: Basic Black, Whisper White, Delightful Dijon

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


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

Paper: Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Ovals Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

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9 thoughts on “Split Panel Cards with Warmth and Cheer”

  1. Natalie, I LOVE both of these cards! What an awesome take on our sketch this week! That plaid DSP is so cool with this design too! Thanks so much for joining us over at Stamp, Ink, Paper!

  2. Your split panel cards are so cool, Natalie. And I love those plaid papers! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper!

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