A Kit in Color Paper Pumpkin Alternates 1

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!

My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Many of you may be spending a lot more time with your wonderful families, and some of you, like me, haven’t seen many of them in person for months even though they live in town. The April Paper Pumpkin is all about family and I had an absolute blast playing with the cards. The default cards used a Z fold and Double Flap fold card. The trick on the Double Flap is to not add glue to the last inch or so of the tree, otherwise, the card won’t open. And where’s the fun in that?

Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, my two alternatives are cards for moms.

Butterfly Mother’s Day

This alternative card requires the addition of three colors of ink, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, and Early Espresso. I used the Z fold card base and stamped the tree leaves as if the tree was off the paper. This meant I didn’t have to line up the stamp to make both halves of the tree. Much easier. Then I stamped in the trunk, letting that stamp come off the page.

Using Melon Mambo ink, I stamped the tiny flight of butterflies and the sentiment. A bit of ribbon from the kit and the prepunched bird, and the front flap was complete. On the inside, I used the big preprinted sentiment card. It has a lovely statement about family and I wanted to do a card where it wasn’t covered up. The inside still has plenty of room for a hand written note.

The final touch was a few of the pearls from the kit nestled into the tree. Simple, pretty, and ready to send.

Double Dutch Fold Mother’s Day

I have been wanting to make a Double Dutch fold card for a while and this kit gave me the perfect opportunity as some of the work was done for me with the Flap fold card base. First I cut off the Shaded Spruce flap, and set it aside for reuse on my flaps. Next, I trimmed the short flap to 3-5/8″. I know that’s a fussy measurement, but it worked and I was doing this by feel.

Next, I used a piece of Pear Pizazz (use any complementary color) from my scrap stash that was 8-1/2″ x 2″ and scored each end of the strip at 2-1/8″ (cheat it short by just a hair so the card wraps around the base correctly or you’ll have to shave the width of your base). Then I cut two, 2″ pieces from the Shaded Spruce flap. I also cut two 2″x2″ pieces of So Saffron DSP scrap. Mine was from the Mosaic Mood pack, but use what you have.

Stamp the tree leaves in Pear Pizzaz. Stamp the sentiment in Crushed Curry.

Now we assemble. The Pear Pizazz strip gets glued to the back of the long panel, lined up with the bottom. Add the So Saffron DSP to the flaps and then layer over the Shaded Spruce pieces. Glue the pre-punched tree to the short flap leaving the trunk adhesive-free. Adhere the Crushed Curry strip from the kit to the bottom of the short panel. Then add the sentiment banner using Dimensionals.

Lastly, decorate with birds, butterflies and pearls. The cool thing about this card is that it will stand up with the top panel resting on the dutch door flaps.

I hope you’re enjoying your kit. Leave me a comment. And if you want a challenge, I think this kit would be perfect for making a “Partridge in a Pear Tree” Christmas card. Let me know if you try it. Happy crafting.

No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin Alternates

March 2020 Paper Pumpkin - No Matter the Weather cards as designed.

Wow. I don’t know how Stampin’ Up! did it, but they nailed this month’s kit. This rain gear and flowers themed pack has the materials for twelve adorable notecards and two stamp sets. My favorite sentiment in the kit: No matter the weather, we’re in this together. Perfect, right?

The stamps in the kit are used to add visual texture to the cards. There are raindrops and clouds and gravel and water reflections. I forgot to use the water lines on my sample, sorry about that. Each card comes with pre-punched pieces – rainboots and bunnies and plenty of hearts. You’ll probably have hearts leftover. If you look closely, you can also see the resin raindrops from the kit. They’re a bit fussy, but you can adjust them before pressing them into place.

So, super cute cards, perfect for sending right now. But, I have some alternates for you.

So Saffron Alternate

No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin March 2020 Alternate using So Saffron paper

For this card, I cut the umbrella base in half and added a card base in So Saffron. On top of the base, I used a layer of So Saffron DSP from the Subtles collection. I liked how cheerful the dots looked. The twine is from the kit. The boot punched piece is up on Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the kid in Calypso Coral ink and added some sparkly enamel dots from my stash. You can’t see it, but I put the base of the card, the plain white part inside the card so I had a nice area to write a note.

Flower Background Alternate

No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin Alternate using a stamped flower image to create a fun background.

For this card, I started with a Whisper White base. On top of that, I added a layer of Grapefruit Grove cut just 1/8″ smaller than the base. For the next layer, I used a piece of Whisper White that I stamped with a random flower stamp in Grapefruit Grove. This is a super-easy way to create your own DSP in a specific color. The sentiment is from the Something for Everyone Paper Pumpkin. I used the Basic Gray ink to stamp it on the banner from the kit. The boots, the hearts, and the banner are all on Dimensionals. For a final touch, I colored some basic pearls with my So Saffron Stampin’ Blends Marker.

Shiny Boots Alternate

The last alternate employs a couple of cool techniques. First, instead of just stamping the clouds, I heat embossed them in White. Because the stamps are Distinktive, they have a ton of texture and I love how the blue background peeks through.

Next, I stamped the background. I used the gravel stamp with Gray Granite ink. I used the grass stamp with Granny Apple Green. I added the flowers using a stamp from the I’ll Bee Yours kit and Grapefruit Grove ink. I love the beachy vibe this gave the card. Can’t you imagine the ocean just beyond?

The sentiment is stamped in Blueberry Bushel. I wanted it to be easy to read but also more monochromatic so it didn’t distract from my gorgeous clouds and fabulous boots. The boots! I used a stamp from the bonus stamp set to heat emboss them with some old powder on a Memories and More card I had. There is a subtle stripe that I love and I wanted something that would be thick enough to hold up the next part of this. To make the boots shiny, I used the fine tip glue pen and pooled the adhesive over the spaces in the boot. Avoid creating or leaving bubbles in the glue or having it be too thin. I let this dry overnight. Then I fussy cut them out and added them to the card with Dimensonals.

I hope you are finding time and peace to craft during this challenging period in our history. I’d love to see what you’re making. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home. And no matter what, we’ll get through this together.