Making a coordinated set of handmade cards? These 3 clean, simple designs all use the same striped colour palette, but each has its own features that makes it unique.
If you’ve been following along on Instagram for a while, you’ll know I have a thing for making cards with stripes. They’re an easy way to incorporate whatever colours I’m loving in the moment, and call me strange, but I kind of find the process of cutting stripes with my paper trimmer to be therapeutic! Another great thing about this type of card is that they can be as fancy or un-fancy as you like, so even if you’re having a lazy crafter type of day, they’re totally doable without a ton of supplies. Today I’ve got 3 to share, all of which use the same stripes in different ways.
First up: The “Oh hey friend, you’re killin’ it!” design.
For this one, I adhered a stripe of each of the 5 colours to my white panel. Next, I heat embossed my sentiments and frame (both from The Stamp Market’s Lovely Labels stamp set) on heavyweight vellum with Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder. I die cut the vellum with the coordinating Lovely Labels Nested Dies, then used these super handy, super skinny foam strips to adhere the vellum to my white card panel. (They’re thin enough to hide behind the embossed frame, which I was very excited to discover!) To finish off the card, I added a few gold sequins, adhered with matte finish liquid adhesive.
Next up, a thank you card (because you can never have too many, right?)
For this design, I created a textured background by die cutting a whole bunch of leaves from The Stamp Market’s Big Botanicals Bundle out of white cardstock. To save myself some time, prior to die cutting, I backed my white cardstock with double-sided adhesive, which made it really easy to stick down the leafy pieces securely after I’d played around with their arrangement. The background panel was adhered to the white card base, and the next step was the striped panel.
I created the striped pattern on top of a sheet of plain copy paper, again, lined with double-sided adhesive. (This is important, because I didn’t want any coloured pieces popping off the copy paper when I cut the hexagon from it.) After making my hexagon, I used the The Stamp Market’s Thanks So Much Bundle to stamp the sentiment, then cut it out with the coordinating die. Like the first card, I used my favourite skinny foam strips to adhere the sentiment to the hexagon, which really made it pop forward. And, because I felt compelled to add even more dimension, I layered in a piece of craft foam behind the hexagon before sticking it to my white background panel. No embellishments on this one, but I was very tempted to add a few clear droplets to the background… and I might just go back and do that!
The third and final card is a floral birthday themed one, and I think it’s my favourite of the bunch!
Similar to the card above, I went for a white-on-white background, this time featuring the Fabulous Floral Layering Die. Again, The florals were cut from heavyweight white cardstock, backed with a double-sided adhesive sheet to make it super quick and easy to stick them to my card base. After cutting my hexagon for the card above, I still had some of my colourful striped panel leftover, so I used that to cut the background layer of my Happy Birthday sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I love it when nothing goes to waste!
For the inner thin script, again I used heavyweight white cardstock backed with double-sided adhesive. As you can probably tell, I do this whole cardstock-backing thing a lot, and have found it to be a huge time saver! I’ve yet to find a glue pen I like so this has become my go-to method for adhering thin die cuts. (With that said, if you have a favourite glue pen that’s near and dear to your heart, I would LOVE to hear about it!) Lastly, I added a few clear water droplets to finish off the card.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these and that you’ll give striped cards a try!