3 Recessed Panel Card Ideas – Nature’s Prints

In today’s post and video, learn how to make a recessed panel card! It’s so easy and fun to do!

The first recessed panel card I made featured the Sun Prints designer series paper which coordinates with the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set. This stamp set has a coordinating set of dies (shown in the photo below). You save 10% when you buy the stamps and dies together!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

After creating this card I could see that it would be super easy to recreate this design with other papers and stamped or inked pieces in the recess. In the end, I made the three designs you see here.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

For this first recessed panel card, the raised portions are dry embossed with the Fern 3-D embossing folder.

You’ll start by dry embossing a basic white panel that measures 3-⅞” x 5-⅛” and then you’ll cut out whatever portion you desire. You can do angled cuts as I’ve done here, cut so the lines are parallel or anything you like.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

For this card, I attached thin strips of Pacific Point cardstock on the two edges of the raised pieces so they would essentially frame the recessed portion. I usually use long pieces and then snip off the ends. You’ll use foam adhesive sheets to attach the dry embossed raised pieces.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

The sentiment comes from the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and is heat embossed in white. I’ve also heat embossed some of the foliage images, to frame the sentiment. You may also notice some images in the background. To get this look you’ll stamp with Versamark for a subtle tone-on-tone look.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

Do you see the Pacific Point cardstock edge at the bottom of the sentiment piece? This additional bit of Pacific Point helps pull the design together as it connects to the other strips of this same color that borders the recess. Starry Sky Metallic Woven ribbon was used for a touch of bling that finishes the card off. You’ll wrap the ribbon around the ends of the sentiment piece and attach them on both ends with glue dots.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

To learn all the details for creating a recessed panel card make sure to watch my Facebook live video later in this post.

This second version of my card is the one I showed in the video.

For the recessed panel here I’ve used the gorgeous Hues of Happiness designer series paper.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

The embossing folder used is the Brick & Mortar 3-D embossing folder. I love how it pairs with this floral designer paper!

The sentiment piece was created in exactly the same way as on the first card except I’ve used Melon Mambo cardstock to “underline” the sentiment instead of Pacific Point. Melon Mambo strips were also used to frame the recessed opening here.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

As you can see here, with just a few small changes I’ve created a second version of my card!

I love making several versions of a given design because all the hard work of figuring out the design has already been done!

Designing my second two cards was so easy!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

Check out the gorgeous Hues of Happiness designer paper! The backsides are lovely too!!!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

In case you’d like to recreate this card here is a measuring guide for you:

Watch my Facebook Live video that you find at the end of this post to watch me make this card. There are definitely some helpful tips you’ll want to know!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

For my third recessed panel card, I went into my stash of “card salad” baggies and found a cool background piece to use!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

This background piece was created while playing with ideas for my Playing with Rubbing Alcohol Technique Class. Click HERE to learn more about this class. The color on the recessed piece was added to a piece of basic white cardstock. The color scheme here is Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

The embossing folder used here is the Time Worn Type folder. I love the texture created by this folder.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

The sentiment piece was also created using a scrap piece from my card salad baggie from the Playing with Rubbing Alcohol Technique Class. The paper used for the sentiment piece is watercolor paper.

The sentiment and additional images were heat embossed just like on the first two cards. A piece of the Parakeet Party Metallic Woven Ribbon was used to coordinate with this color scheme. The pop of bling adds a bit of interest to this card that I love as a finishing touch.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

The angled cuts were done a little differently than on the first two cards.

The cut goes all the way up to the top left corner instead of starting down a bit on the left.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

To be very honest this was actually a “mistake” but one I like to call a happy accident. While I didn’t mean to cut it this way I still really like the end result!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

So, the cutting details are almost the same but you just start your cuts in the upper left-hand corner of the dry embossed piece. The dimensions for the ending points are the same as the previous cards.

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my three recessed panel cards and that you’re inspired to create your own!

Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

At the end of this post, you’ll find project dimensions, my video tutorial, and links to all the products used on these three projects. Thank you in advance if you choose to purchase through my online store! I appreciate your support of my business!

Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


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The project demonstration begins at around 13 minutes in case you’d like to jump ahead.

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Project Dimensions:

  • Thick Basic White Full-Size Card Body: 4-¼″ x 11″
  • White Designer Paper Base Layer: 3-⅞″ x 5-⅛”
  • White Embossed Layer: 3-⅞″ x 5-⅛”
  • Short Colored Strip (Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, or Crushed Curry): ½” x 4-¾”
  • Long Colored Strip (Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, or Crushed Curry): ½” x 6-¼”
  • Colored Strip Below Sentiment (Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, or Old Olive): ½” x 3-⅞”
  • Sentiment Piece (Watercolor paper & Night of Navy): ¾″ x 3-⅞″
  • Colored Sentiment Backing: ⅝” x 3-⅜”

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