Card Inspiration

A fun, fast and pretty card idea!


My friend Cheryl made this card for one of our Card Kit in the Mail offerings last year!



I love this card because you can make it as a horizontal card (top fold) or as a vertical card (left fold).


You can use ANY paper that you love both sides of the paper or mix and match patterns from the same pack!


Grab something from your stash and make this card along with me!


I hope you'll share your version in our Show and Tell post on Facebook at about 11:00 am every Sunday!


Hot Tips:

Determine which direction you're going to open your card.

Determine if the paper you're using is directional and will need to be cut so that it runs in the proper direction.

Choose your color combination!

You can get your color combination from the paper you choose to use!

All Stampin' Up! paper packs list the colors used on the back of the package.


Cutting instructions:


Cardbase: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", fold in half and decide if top fold or vertical

Turn appropriate direction

Background layer: 4" x 5 1/4"

Paper pieces: Cut 2 strips of paper 1 3/4" X 4 3/4" high. Then cut each strip into two pieces 1 3/4" (x 1 3/4") and 3" (x 1 3/4"). You can use patterned paper or you can emboss cardstock for the pieces (see card below). Mix and match. You decide!

Greeting piece:

Coordinate cardstock for background of tag and neutral for the main piece.

This card used a die for the background, then used a 1/4" narrower piece of neutral cardstock which was cut with the same die to create a layered look. Something similar could be done with a favorite punch.


Assembly instructions:


  1. After folding card base and determining if vertical or horizontal, then stamp greeting inside card first when using a light colored card base like shown.
  2.  Arrange the paper pieces onto the background layer as shown on either example and allow equal spacing between pieces before adhereing.
  3. Attach the background layer to the cardbases using Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp your greeting onto the neutral greeting piece.
  5. Attach the colored accent pieces to the back side of the greeting piece.
  6. Attach the combined greeting pieces to the front of the cardbase using Dimensionals. 


Note: On the Mint card (below) a piece of ribbon was laid across the seam of paper pieces and is wrapped to the back of the background layer. Use scotch tape to hold the ribbon to the back of the background piece before attaching to the cardbase.

Use your favorite embossing folder to add interest!

I love embossing folders to add quick interest to a piece of cardstock and you can see on the card version above that even a simple piece of cardstock looks pretty amazing embossed!

Do you have a favorite color combination or an upcoming occasion that could use a card like this?

Maybe you're running low on supplies or want to add a few items?

Take a look at the new items in my online store!

Well here's another version of the layout!


This card is done with a Pool Party cardbase.

The background piece is Crumb Cake cardstock

The two paper pieces are done in Misty Moonlight and Rich Razzleberry.

This one didn't do any embossing on the Misty Moonlight cardstock. It looks great without, doesn't it?

The greeting tag is made with simple Basic White cardstock punched with the Everyday Label Punch.

I hope these tips and ideas inspires you to pull out some paper and make a card!

Then go one step further and send a card!

After all CARDS are hugs with a fold in the middle!