Stencil Alternates for the Here’s To You Paper Pumpkin

Here's To You March 2021 Paper Pumpkin cards by Stampin' Up! made as designed. The kit included bonus stencils, but they aren't used for these samples.

Paper Pumpkin celebrated another anniversary in March. This means that subscribers got a gorgeous custom box, fantastic project designs (as always), and a bonus stencil set with a sponge. These are the two cards the kit made, including custom envelope liners. I love the outdoor theme—we all need a little more fresh air. The stamping was super simple, so the cards came together very easily.

The alternatives I have for you this month focus on using stencils. Stampin’ Up! has a full-sized set of stencils in the annual catalog and is coming out with a second set in the new catalog in May. Maybe you haven’t tried to use stencils in your crafting. If not, this kit was a great inspiration to jump in!

Sunburst Stencil Card

Alternate card using the sunburst stencil from the Here's To You Paper Pumpkin kit.

Before starting this card, I cut my sponge into four pieces. It’s easier to hold and makes stenciling more manageable. I started with the back cut from one of the Petal Pink cards in the kit. I taped down the lower corners with old Washi tape on my workspace, which I covered with scrap paper. Stenciling is an inky endeavor. Then I taped the sunburst stencil toward the top of the card stock. The cool part was that I could get a little messy because I trimmed the card at the end to get “perfect edges.”

I started by inking my sponge, tapping it once on my scrap paper, and then, using a combination of pouncing, dapping, gentle rubbing, I filled in the image. This one is a little tricky because the spokes want to lift. But slowing down and taking my time allowed me to get a good image. In fact, I like the variation in the coverage because it looks more like a sunbeam.

After I finished with the stenciling part, I trimmed my card stock to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. I used the bottom of one of the envelope liners cut to 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ to place at the bottom and hide any over-inking. Before I added the card to the base of Bumblebee, I added some of the linen thread in the kit at the seam of the DSP and the card. Lastly, I stamped some birds on the pre-punched pieces and put them at the top of the card on Dimensionals. Happy Birthday is stamped in Pretty Peacock.

The Slimline Artistic Alternate

A slimline style alternative for the Here's to You Paper Pumpkin it that uses the clouds stencil.

This card uses a couple of interesting stamping techniques as well as the cloud stencil from the kit. I decided to go with a slimline layout to have plenty of room for my trees. The card’s base is Calypso Coral cut at 8-1/2″x7″ scored on the 7″ side at 3-1/2″. I used Basic White card stock for the stamped layer cut to 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″.

To begin, I stamped the trees in Pretty Peacock about an inch in from the edge. Without re-inking, I stamped to the left and right and left to fill in a forest-like space. I repeated that at the other end of the card. I frequently use second-generation stamping to control the intensity of the image, but this was a good way to give a sense of depth to the collection of trees.

Next, using Bumblebee ink, I used just the top of the flower stamp in the kit to create a meadow effect between and under the trees.

The Stenciling

For the clouds, I just held the stencil in place, starting at the top of the card, and with the stencil off the edge, I sponged Seaside Spray along the edge of the stencil opening, just along the round parts. The trick with clouds is that you’re inking in the negative space to define the white areas to give the impression of big fluffy white clouds. I moved the stencil over and then down, repeating the process so I had about three rows of clouds. Stagger them so they aren’t all lined up, and watch the straight edges of the stencil to avoid having harsh lines.

After I finished all my inking, I cut the pre-printed image from the front of the card I used in the Sunburst card. I layered that on over a couple of boo-boos. I added the pre-punched trees on Dimensionals. To fill in a big white space to the left of the image, I added some of the birds in Smokey Slate. Lastly, I stamped one of the sentiments and layered it on a scrap of the Petal Pink card. To lift that piece, I put it on Dimensionals.

Stencils are a lot of fun. They can be used with ink, with embossing paste, a cutting guide if you’re brave, even heat embossing. I hope I’ve inspired you to give them a try. Happy crafting

Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Time has snuck away from me again and I have been slacking on my posts here. I’ve been crafting up a storm making cards for The100DayProject on Instagram. It’s been a lot of fun but between that and some other life, I got distracted from sharing here. I’m going to fix that over the next few days! Or at least I hope I will. This brings me to the February Paper Pumpkin. I kind of fell in love with this kit. The colors, the embellishments – it’s just gorgeous. These are the cards as designed, but of course, I have some alternates.

Fun Fold Birthday

This card uses a half sheet of Just Jade paper as the base. Cut down the length at 4-1/4″ and score the long side at 5-1/2″. Then from one end cut 3″ off. This gives you a 4-1/4″x3″ piece that you’re going to adhere to the remaining short flap in a horizontal direction. But not yet. First, you’re going to add DSP. I used Flower and Field from the recent Saleabration. I cut one piece 4″x 5-1/4″, that goes on the inside of the card so that it faces the short panel. Then I cut a piece 2-1/4″x4″ That goes along the short flap. I used the base of one of the cards in the kit to decorate my “floating” panel. This is cut 4″x2-3/4″. Cut the same size piece of white card for inside the card, it’s hiding behind the floating panel. When you glue your floating panel to the short flap, be careful to only add adhesive to the part of the panel that will overlap the flap, otherwise, you’ll glue your card shut and that’s not near as much fun.

Gatefold Fun Fold

We’ve done gate folds before, this one starts with a base of Merry Merlot. Score the ends of your half sheet of paper so that you end up with two panels that are 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″. You’ll need a piece of white card cut 4″x5-1/4″ for the inside of the card. For the two panels, I used one of the bases in the kit and cut the panels 2″x5-3/8″

Next, I used one of the doilies in the kit and cut it more or less in half. They’re irregular, so it’s not going to be perfect. I adhered them over the panels, but I added a length of the linen thread to each side tucked under the doily halves. Why? Well, my big complaint with gatefold cards is that they don’t stay shut. I could make a belly band, but I wanted to try something new. This card actually ties closed.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Touch of Ink Saleabration set and added a flower from the kit.

Bonus cards

And here are three more cards that I created with the set recently. I left my messy desk in the picture because crafting, like life, is sometimes messy and that’s okay. I hope you get some time, I hope you give yourself permission to run a little late, get a little messy, and make something beautiful you can share with the world.

Happy crafting.

Sending Hearts Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

I have to admit, I don’t usually send out a lot of Valentine’s Day cards. Christmas cards have just been cleared away and I don’t have any little kids. But this year, I probably will send some out because if we learned anything last year it’s to take the opportunity to connect every chance you get. The Sending Hearts January Paper Pumpkin creates two full-sized card designs. And they are delightful just as they are. But if you like to mix it up, I have two alternatives for you.

A Simple Shaker

Shaker cards are so much fun, but it can be a bit intimidating to create one using the traditional foam adhesive and window sheet method. Luckily, a demonstrator at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event rocked the shaker card world with this simple solution. It uses a clear envelope to contain the card part and the shaker ephemera.

For this card, I didn’t add the black detail to the left side of the preprinted envelope instead, I used a piece of black card stock cut 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. I stamped the preprinted card and added the kit embellishments. Then I slid it into a clear envelope with some retired sequin mix. About two good pinches. Seal the envelope and trim the excess flap. Adhere the assembly to the black card stock and then to the card base.

On top of the clear envelope I added a fussy cut snail from the kit and the stamped tag. The sentiment is from the Posted for You stamp set. One thing I would do differently is to put the stamped sentiment inside the clear envelope on Dimensionals to make sure I had more space to let the sequins shake.

Tag Card

The second card I have for you is a little more advanced only because of the custom made envelope sleeve. I used Poppy Parade card stock and the retired Envelope Punch Board. If you don’t have one, there are still companies that make them. Anyhow, I made my envelope a pouch by cutting off one of the narrow flaps. Then I stamped the pouch in Poppy Parade ink using the xoxo stamp from the kit.

Next, I created the belly band to go around the pouch using Petal Pink card stock. Cut a strip 1-1/2″ wide by 10-1/2″ long. Stamp that strip with the flower stamp from the kit in Petal Pink. I added a couple of punched hearts to the preprinted Love embellishment and a stamped “You” sentiment to complete the belly band. For a final touch on the pouch, I added some of the heart embellishments from the kit.

For the tag/card I started by cutting one of the Poppy Parade card bases in half and trimmed the width by 1-8″ so it would fit easily in my pouch. I added the preprinted heart card stamped with the heart stamp in Petal Pink. I added a few more flower image in Poppy Parade ink and used the black preprinted ruffles on the top and bottom of the card. The sentiment is on Dimensionals. I created the “pull” tab using a hole punch, a short length of Poppy Parade ribbon I had in my stash and a bow using the ribbon from the kit. The tag also got a few of the hearts and flowers from the kit as a final touch. The back of the tag is completely blank so there is plenty of space to write a note to your loved one.

The tag card and it’s pouch fit easily into a large Memories and More envelope.

I hope you find some time to create a card and reach out to a loved one. Happy crafting.