My Top 3 Tips for Designing Neutral Cards…

Why are neutral cards the best to have in your stash?  Because you can give them to anyone!

This is a card we made at 2 of my classes last week.  It celebrates everything I love about neutral cardmaking.  Scroll down past the photo for my top tips.


I am in love with this card!  I could make this card (and ones like it) every day of the week and never tire of the style.

My top 3 tips for designing netural cards, like this birthday card using Wetlands Stamp Set, Hardwood Background stamp & Burlap ribbon plus a great colour combination (Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe & Very Vanilla). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What are my top 3 tips for designing neutral cards?

  1. Use a stamp set with images from nature like the Wetlands & Hardwood Background stamp sets.  These type of images are familiar to everyone, not feminine (if you choose the right set) and go well with my next tip.
  2. Choose natural/coastal tones (think blues, greys, browns, greens) – like the Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe & Very Vanilla in this card.  This serene colour combination is just beautiful, a good netural base for any theme or card and not typical of either of the genders.
  3. Select rustic embellishments.  Extra finishing touches on a card – especially ribbon – can automatically tip it into ‘girl zone’. So, to keep it neutral, stick with rugged options like burlap ribbon or metallic touches (ie, staples, buttons).

And the final bonus tip – keep it simple!


I know making cards suitable for every recipient (especially the men in your life) is challenging, but if you use these tips as a guide, it’s hard to go wrong!

Need some more neutral basics?  You can buy any of the products I used in this card in my online store.

If you’re in Australia and don’t have a regular demonstrator, I’d love to have you as part of my journey (either as a customer or part of Team Papercraft).  I love new customers & team members (pssttt… did I mention I love spoiling people?).  If you’re shopping online, the March host code for your shopping cart is U4HR3CGY.

If you prefer a more personal shopping experience, please email me!

Kelly x

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