The May Paper Pumpkin kit featured some of the new 2020-2021 In-Colors: Misty Moonlight (ink spot), Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, and Just Jade. The only color missing was Cinnamon Cider. It was bright and cheerful and exactly what I needed to be inspired. So this month I’m going to have two posts for the alternates I made. This post will include the cards as designed and some simple but fun alternates. My next post will have some advanced crafter suggestions for those who like to dig into their stash and think WAY outside the box.
First, check out the cards as designed. Rainbows, fluffy white clouds, and bold sentiments. LOVE IT. Two full-sized cards and notecard, the kit was designed to make twelve cards. They were super easy to make. I loved the vellum banners, it’s a subtle detail but adds a lot of texture and interest. The embellishments are either stars or flowers depending on your perspective, but added great pops of color. If you stopped here and just made the kit as designed, you’d win!
But of course, I had to play.
Rainbow Ticket Alternates
The first two cards I have for you used the preprinted rainbow ticket piece as the focal point. For the first card, I cut the Just Jade card in half and cut apart the envelope with the Purple Posy liner. The printed envelopes make great DSP! I used a Whisper White card base and trimmed the Just Jade piece to 4″x5-1/4″. Then I layered on the Purple Posy cut to 3-3/4″x5″. Then a vellum banner. Then the rainbow ticket. I flipped the Bumblebee banner over and stamped it with a sentiment from the December kit in Pumpkin Pie. A twine bow in Magenta Madness and some clear Epoxy Droplets finished this card off.
For the second rainbow ticket card, I used Pumpkin Pie for the card base along with a piece 6X6 Regals DSP in the same color. I love picking up these packs of DSP in the catalog that coordinate so perfectly with the paper and ink. It makes it so easy to add a layer of interest to the card.
Again, I used the vellum banner under the ticket to add more texture. This time I stamped the little cloud in the Misty Moonlight ink and sponged a little around the edges. The sentiment is from the Honey Bee stamp set. For a final touch I added three In-Color enamel dots. You can get these now in the new catalog.
Use Everything in the Kit
The next cards I have for you were inspired by the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club posts on Facebook. That group is so creative. One of the members used a punch on the flyer that came in the kit advertising next month’s Box of Sunshine. Well, I had to try it. And since I was punching up the flyer, I decided I should use the tissue paper too. After all, it was Magenta Madness!
For my first card using the flyer, I punched out two flowers using the Medium Daisy punch. I glued them together with Tombow Liquid and set it aside to dry. For the card base, I used the Just Jade one in the kit. I added one of the vellum banners. Then I cut strips from the rainbow card and the Purple Posy note card. The rainbows are 1″x2-3/8″ and the purple bases are 1-1/8″x 2-1/2″. Again, I used a sentiment from last December’s kit. To finish it off I added an enamel dot from my stash.
The last card I have for you today started with a base of Whisper White. Then I cut another piece of Whisper White 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and covered it with the tissue from the kit. You can use a glue stick or basic white glue like you used in school. I wouldn’t try the Tombow because it might be sticky.
I punched the flowers from the flyer using the Small Bloom punch. The leaves were cut from the backside of one of the Just Jade cards. If you don’t have leaf dies, cut a strip of green then cut in from the top 3/4 of the way down repeatedly to make “grass” and set your blooms in the grass using Dimensionals. It’s the color contrast that makes this card pop. The banner is from a previous Paper Pumpkin stamped with a sentiment from the kit. The clouds are popped up using Dimensionals. For a final touch, I added the Magenta Madness embellishments to each flower. I love how this card came out and the texture and hint of transparency that the tissue paper provided to the base layer.
Okay, that’s all I have for you today. I’ll be back with the other alternatives. In the meantime, happy crafting!