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

Rainbows and Daisies Scrap-tastic Card

Hand crafted greeting card using scrap pieces to create a rainbow background for punched daisy clusters.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, celebrating the holiday with family or enjoying the weather.

I have a quick card design that encourages you to use what you have. The card starts with a base of Magenta Madness. The background uses a piece of Basic White card stock cut to 6″x6″ with one adhesive sheet layered on top. The reason I went with 6″x6″ is that is the size of the adhesive and so I have some spare pieces for other cards in the future.

To create the rainbow, I used my saved strips from trimming card stock to the correct size. My scrap strips vary in width. If you like a more symmetrical style, you could limit it to only 1/4″ or 1/2″ strips. I also layered mine on the diagonal for more interest. This means you need some longer strips. But really you can layer them on however you like, even in a brick layout with staggered seams. This technique is really flexible.

After you have the rainbow created, cut the size you prefer— 4″x5-1/4″ or as I did 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. For the daisies, I used the medium daisy punch with basic white card stock. I added some faceted crystal embellishment from my stash for the centers. The retired sentiment is stamped in Magenta Madness and I used the Banners Pick a Punch to create that nice arrow effect.

I’m sending happy thoughts your way. Happy crafting!

Many Messages Makes Many Cards!

The Many Message bundle in the current Mini catalog is versatile and inspirational. It’s one big stamp so that it can be used as a background stamp. But the bundle also comes with a die to cut those messages into eighteen sentiments. Eighteen! You could make separate cards, one for each message. Or you could layer them together like the example in the catalog.

My Strategy

I went for the challenge of creating a unique card for each one. To further add to the challenge, I attempted to do this with just two sheets of double-sided DSP, matching card stock, and anything I could lay my hands on in my craft stash. I started by cutting the DSP using two different one-sheet-wonder layouts. These are patterns to cut a 12×12″ sheet with minimal waste.

It took me a few days to work my way through them. I did cards of all sizes, from 3×3″ to full size. I only have seventeen to share because, in the creative process, I managed to misplace one of the sentiments. When I use this stamp again to create individual sentiments, I will definitely use an envelope or other containment device. I’m also planning to experiment with using the stamp as a background image.

My Carousel of Cards

I hope you found some inspiration in my Many Messages card creation challenge. For more ideas you can find me on Instagram and Pinterest. Happy crafting!