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.

Casing a White Christmas

It is never too early to start preparing your Christmas crafts. At least that is the theory behind the Christmas Challenge Stampathon. This Facebook group issues a new challenge each month so that by the time December arrives the participants are well on their way to having their holiday preparations done. I participate because I love the challenges and seeing what everyone else comes up with. This month was “Mainly White”.

I’m not particularly good with clean and simple or mainly white cards. So, I dove into Pinterest for some ideas. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to locate the original designers for these cards, but I appreciate the Pinterest posts for their inspiration.

Snowflake Wreath

This card is ingenious in its design. It’s a lot of small punches or in my CASE die-cuts layered in a circle to form a wreath. I used the Corrugated dynamic embossing folder to add texture behind the wreath. The snowflakes are cut from Champagne foil.

I plan to repeat this card using butterflies and possibly small flowers. It would make a great Thank you or Birthday card.

Inked Hardwood

For the next card, I really wanted to use a piece of the whitewashed Wood Textures DSP. But I was out! (Yes, I ordered more.) So, I had to get creative. I used the Hardwood dynamic embossing folder, but I inked one side of the folder with Soft Suede —just dragged my ink pad across the side that would embed in the paper. The folder is easy to clean with an alcohol-free baby wipe. The wreath is a from the Swirly Scribbles die set. I added the pine pieces from a Paper Pumpkin and some pearls. Super simple, but elegant card.

Pretty Pines

The final card I’ll share with you uses the Pretty Pines die set. I use this set frequently along with the Christmas Pines stamps that go with it. I used a piece of Champagne foil as the shiny layer. Over that, I crumpled a scrap piece of Kraft paper. I sparkled it up with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the folds. The pines branches are cut from Whisper White and the bow is in Champagne foil. There are a couple of sprigs that I die cut from Sparkle Glimmer paper, but they might be hard to see in the picture. And because I might have overlooked an opportunity to sparkle, I added rhinestones.

So, I now have three more Christmas cards ready to send in December and lots of inspiration to attempt more clean and simple designs. Hope you are inspired as well.

If you’d like some Champagne foil paper or Dynamic embossing folders for your next craft project, shop with me

Layering Backgrounds

Today’s card has a really cool technique – layering backgrounds. It’s so simple, and can give your card or paper project a really cool, unique look. I did this card as a make and take with my Paper Pumpkin group and it surprised me how much they liked it.

The Technique Layer

First the layered backgrounds, I used a quarter sheet of Whisper White and my Stamparatus. On one panel I used the Hardwood background stamp and the Post Script background on the other acrylic plate. For the Hardwood stamp, I used Sahara Sand – a very light color. For the Post Script stamp, I used Balmy Blue. This is a medium intensity color. So it stands out a bit more and the Hardwood image is visible, but not overwhelming. I then cut this layer down to 3-7/8″x5-1/8″. It’s better to cut this down after you stamp so that if your edges aren’t completely stamped, it doesn’t matter.

Putting Together the Card

I stared with a base of Night of Navy. I added the stamped layer to a piece of Balmy Blue cut to 5-1/4″x 4″. Then I added Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon wrapped at the bottom third with some snail. I added that entire assembly to the Night of Navy base.

Next, I used the Life is Grand stamp set from the Occasions catalog. A big, bold sentiment is all this card needs so that the stamped background stands out. I used Night of Navy Ink and die cut it using the Stitched Shapes dies. I added a piece of Night of Navy cut with the Layering Ovals dies. The sentiment is glued to the card with Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added three gold pearls. This is optional and I would probably leave them off for a more masculine style.

This technique would also work great with the Crackle Paint background stamp in the Occasions catalog. If you want some background stamps of your own, shop with me