2 Beautiful Quick and Easy Cards with Gradient Cardstock Die-Cut Sentiments

by May Sukyong Park

Hi, Altenew friends! I'm so glad you stopped by today! Norine here, with a couple of quick, easy, and fun cards to share! I've been wanting to get in on the “cardstock strips” trend I've seen happening and this seemed like a good time. You could quite unapologetically use any cardstock color combos you like, but I like a little more assurance that my colors coordinate and fortunately the Gradient Cardstock Sets take care of that concern!

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 1 scaledOnce I saw how great it looked to combine a single color, I had to try a version with ALL the colors and create a rainbow sentiment card too!

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 6 scaledFIRST CARD

Let's begin with the first card and the Sea Shore Gradient Cardstock Set. My first step was to pull out one of each of all the colors in the set and trim approximately 1/4″ strips from each. “Approximately” is important. I didn't measure. Eyeballed every one. I can't do that to myself working on a project that's for FUN. So the strips aren't exact, and well, sorry, not sorry!

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 8 scaledThe next step was to lay each of the cardstock strips onto a wide band of masking paper, then line up some dies on it, temporarily tape them down and run it all through the die-cutting machine. Next time though, I will use some adhesive-backed cardstock to lay the strips on for extra thickness. The masking paper worked ok but was a little on the thin side for die-cutting. Altenew dies are so well made and are so precise that, at first, I had trouble popping the alphabet pieces out, until I put a piece of scrap cardstock over the top of the stripey piece so I could force out the scrap piece, making pokey marks on it instead of the good die-cut.

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 10 scaledOnce I had the alphabet letters cut out, I needed a background. I didn't want anything that would compete too much or distract, so I decided on a black and white motif. Next, I used the Simple Beauty Stamp Set and stamped two of the floral images with Obsidian Ink. Then, bearing in mind the placement of the alphabet letters on the stamped design, I chose the “thinking of” stamp from the Build-A-Flower: Lavender Set and stamped it with the same black ink, aligning it with the base of the alphabet letters.

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 8 1 scaledFinally, I trimmed the A2 card panel on each side and matted it with some more coordinating cardstock, then added just three enamel dots to reinforce the colors.

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 11 scaledSECOND CARD

For the next card, I used colored cardstock from the Shades of Purple, Sea Shore, Green Meadows, Summer Afternoon and Red Cosmos Gradient Cardstock Sets. I selected the shades that made a bright rainbow assortment and trimmed strips to be lined up. The strips this time round were trimmed more narrowly so that all seven colors of the rainbow could be included in the height of the Fine Alphabet Dies.

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 5 scaledThen I stamped a happy birthday sentiment from the Dotted Blooms Stamp Set with embossing ink onto black cardstock and heated with white embossing powder before trimming it into a fish-tailed sentiment strip.

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 13 scaledFor the black & white background of this card, I wanted to cover the entire card panel so I stamped the same two images from the Simple Beauty Stamp Set, as I used above, three times each. Then I did a crazy thing. I die cut the large image three times and swiped some temporary adhesive across the back to use as a mask, then stamped and fussy cut three of the small floral clusters from masking paper. Once all the flowers were masked off, I stamped the card panel with the Dainty Swiss Dots Stamp Set, using Obsidian Ink for everything.

Altenew SimpleBeauty FineAlpha Feb20 3 scaledOnce again, I trimmed the card panel to reveal a coordinating colored cardstock mat, and added some enamel dots in the same rainbow of colors.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you're inspired to try some black & white stamping combined with some gradient cardstock strip elements! Have a wonderful day!


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Annette Gordon February 6, 2020 - 10:12 AM

These cards are amazing! I love how its just the outline and then the pop of different colour comes from the die cuts. What a stunning contrast. I so want to CASE these cards.

Maureen Reiss February 6, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Wow!!! These are really Striking!!!!

Diane C February 6, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Love the cards with the splash of colour.

Marilynn d-r February 6, 2020 - 11:47 AM

These 2 cards are beautiful and particularly like the use of black and white backgrounds. The die cuts in color stand out really great. I will try this technique, thanks ? for the inspiration.

Jane B. February 6, 2020 - 12:42 PM

You are clever! Looking forward to attempting this in the future. Love your cards.

Henriëtte February 6, 2020 - 1:21 PM

Wow Norine how a simple black and white design get stunning with coloured cardstock words.
Thank you so much for your awesome inspiration and have a great day.

Tara Prince February 6, 2020 - 1:23 PM

love those cards!!

Karen February 6, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Beautiful. I love the dotted Swiss background. It might have been a bit fussy to do but really has a great look.

Jen K February 6, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Thank you for these wonderful cards and ideas! I just bought this stamp set and expect I’ll be casing these lovely cards.

Nenette Madero February 6, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Norine your work ALWAYS inspires me❤️ Your use of white space is simply amazing!!! I wish I had your discipline when it comes to restraining in adding more embellishments on the card. Will definitely try this out.?

Beverly Jordan February 6, 2020 - 10:02 PM

Such beauty with the gradient cardstocks!!! You make it look so easy but WOW!! These are such great designs!!!

Inkin' Chickie February 7, 2020 - 2:00 PM

I like the sea shore combination and the addition of the dots to fill in the card.


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