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


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