Swirly Scribbles Stained Glass Technique

Swirly Scribbles

I love the images in the Swirly Scribbles thinlit die set. This wavy line die is especially beautiful; it works well as a layer in a more complicated card, but it can also stand on its own. Using the stained glass technique, it makes a bold image for a clean and simple card.

Challenge Inspired

This card was inspired by Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #65!


What a great idea for a challenge! There is so much you can do with tints and shades of a single color! Tints and shades? Oh yeah, art words. These terms are often confused, so I better define them for you quick. First, a hue is a basic color, like blue. A tint is a hue with white added. A shade is a hue with black added. Simple, right!

Card by Natalie Lapakko, features Swirly Scribbles Thinlits with stained glass technique and Butterfly Basics greeting.

Stained Glass Technique Directions

I have had this card idea in my head all week and FINALLY had enough time to actually make it. It isn’t that the card is challenging or time consuming – it isn’t – it’s just been a crazy week! If you want to make one for yourself, here’s how.

  1. Cut a standard sized card base from Whisper White.
  2. Cut a Whisper White panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Use the Swirly Scribble Thinlit Dies to cut out wavy line shapes in Night of Navy, Pacific Point, and Tempting Turquoise.  Save all the little pieces!
  4. Adhere the Night of Navy swirly scribble to another piece of Night of Navy cardstock backing. Cover the entire background paper with adhesive, so even the holes have adhesive on them. I found that this works with glue, but I prefered to use snail because it was less messy.
  5. Use the little punched out pieces to fill in the holes of the wavy line shape.
  6. Cut the edges of the backing piece to match the wavy line shape.
  7. Line up the wavy line shape with the front white panel, trim off any excess.
  8. With the wavy line piece in place, stamp the sentiment from Butterfly Basics in Night of Navy ink.
  9. Adhere the wavy line and the white panel to the card. Optional: use dimensionals between each layer for more depth. When I have two layers of dimensionals, like in this card I make sure the dimensionals line up, so the front layer is supported by the back layer.

Monochromatic Colors

A monochromatic color scheme like this one brings harmony to a card. The colors all go together because they are all the same hue (Pacific Point), but with black or white mixed in to make the hue darker (Night of Navy) or lighter (Tempting Turquoise).

Monochromatic color schemes can give a card (or other piece of artwork) certain moods, depending on the selected hue and how it is combined with other elements. Blues can be solemn or peaceful. Oranges can be lively.

In general a monochromatic color scheme is more subtle than one that pairs up contrasting colors.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Butterfly Basics (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Other Stained Glass Cards

Stained glass technique with Rose Garden Thinlits and Happy Birthday Everyone stamp set, by Natalie Lapakko.

White outlined stained glass technique with Rose Garden thinlits, design by Natalie Lapakko.

Stained Glass Technique using Rose Garden Thinlits design by Natalie Lapakko.