Paint Swatch Card

This card is a simple and quick project that utilizes minimalistic elements with a colorful twist. Best of all, parts of the design call for recycling paint swatches from the local hardware store.


Paint Swatch Umbrella Card

The first thing I did is cut and score my card base into a 4¼ x5½ inch card. This card is a top folding card, but it can be adjusted to a standard side fold. The cardstock I use is Neenah Classic Crest Cover in Solar White. This is a 110-lb. paper weight cardstock which serves as a sturdy foundation to build on.

Next, I cut my background panel. It’s slightly smaller than the card, measuring 4×5½ inch. This allows me to put a decorative boarder along the card’s side.  I don’t have to do this, but I think it adds a nice element to the card. The cardstock I use for this panel is Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Cardstock in White Silver.

I love this product. It’s affordable and easy to get. I purchased mine at my local Walmart for less than $5. It comes in a pack of 24 sheets with 4 different colors; White Gold, Champaign Pearl, White Silver, and Chalice Silver. It’s a lighter weigh cardstock with a 65-lb. paper weight. While I wouldn’t use it for a card base, I do find it fantastic for building on top of my sturdier cardstock. I also love that the shimmer is consistent throughout both sides of this paper. 

After cutting my background panel, I want to create that decorative board along my card. To do this, I first pick my stamp. My goal is to use simple design elements. The Diagonal Stripe Background Cling Stamp by My Favorite Things is perfect.

I want my image to be crisp. Before I stamp it, I run my static tool over the paper to prevent my embossing powder from sticking to any unwanted areas. I use a VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad to ink an edge of the stamp and then apply it to my card base along the left side.  I’m not concerned with apply the whole image to the entire card since most of it will be covered by the metallic background panel. Then, using WOW Embossing Powder by Powder Arts in Silver Pearl, I sprinkle the inked image. Once the embossing powder is in place and I’ve flicked off any excess, I use my heating tool to melt and set the powder.

The card base is almost complete. I line up the background panel so it covers the right side of the card base, leaving the diagonal design to peek from behind it on the left side. I use a strong adhesive tape to hold it all in place.

Now comes the fun part of the project. When I was at my local hardware store, I picked up some paint swatch samples. These cards come in a vast array of colors and I can color coordinate them quickly. For the most part, the space available on these can fit small dies.


Various companies offer a huge selection of paint swatches. For best results, look for sample cards with large color areas.


I found three bright Glidden swatches in Very Berry (R01), Kissable Pink (R14), and Watermelon Smoothie (R28). I use these instead of cardstock to create the umbrellas on the card.

First, I run my static tool over each paint swatch because I will be heat embossing them. I chose the umbrella stamp from the Sunny Studio Rain or Shine Clear Stamp Set because it’s the perfect size and it has a coordinating die cut set.

A precision tool like the Misti Stamp Tool or Hampton Art Stamp Perfect can make stamping a lot easier, but they’re not necessary. I do use mine just in case I need to reink my image. I put the umbrella in the precision tool and stamp the image with VersaMark Watermark ink onto each of my swatches. Then, I sprinkle Detail Black Embossing Powder by Hero Art over the wet ink. I remove the excess powder and then heat it.

You must be careful when heating these swatches. If you put the tool too close or apply too much heat, the swatches will get air bubbles, making them unusable. To avoid this, apply heat in short burst moving the tool constantly. This may take some time, but it’s worth it.


Over heating causes the sample card to pucker and get air bubbles.


After my umbrellas are inked and embossed, I die cut them using the coordinating dies from the Sunny Studio Rain or Shine Set. I lineup the die and the image, use a mini post-it note to hold them in place, and run it through my Cuttlebug. I use plates A, B, and C to do it. My elements are complete, so it’s time to return to the card base.


Glidden swatches in Very Berry (R01), Kissable Pink (R14), and Watermelon Smoothie (R28).

The card base is missing the wind swirl and the sentiment at the bottom. Before I assemble the other parts, I first heat emboss both the swirl and the sentiment. Both these elements came from the Let the Wind Carry You Clear Stamp Set by Altenew. I use my alignment tool to apply the wind swirl, then heat embossing it like before using the same black embossing powder. Next I apply the sentiment, “just follow the wind” to the bottom of the right-hand corner. As before, I heat emboss the image, this time using Stampendous Embossing Powder in Sterling Silver.

I can start assembling the card now. I place adhesive foam squares on the back of my umbrellas to add dimension to the card. Some of the squared are too big, so I trim them to make them fit the thin umbrella handle. Then, I place my umbrellas, lightest to darkest, across the front metallic panel. I tilt each umbrella so that it looks like the wind is carrying it.

The final steps to complete the is adding little decorative details. In the top left corner, I stamp and heat emboss little hearts from the Sunny Studio Rain or Shine Stamp set with the same black embossing powered I used earlier. Using Ranger Enamel Accents in Carnation Red, I fill in the embossed hearts. I also use Ranger Enamel Accents in Watering Can on the umbrella handles. I also add a little shimmer to the umbrella folds. I use a Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Clear to color every other wedge.

And that is the completed card.

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