Winter Gifts Alternates

Four gift tags created with the Winter Gifts Paper Pumpkin kit.

The November 2019 Paper Pumpkin was designed to create up to twenty-four nature-inspired gift tags. The kit used primarily punched pieces with some sentiment stamping. This type of kit is simple to assemble but also easy to repurpose for alternate projects.

Wine Tags

Wine tags made with the Winter Gifts Paper Pumpkin kit.

The first alternative I came up with was wine tags. Sparkling wine is a great holiday gift and it couldn’t be simpler to convert a gift tag into a wine tag. I used Shaded Spruce but you could use one of the other coordinating colors in the kit, such as Poppy Parade or even Silver Foil. Cut a strip 2-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Score the end of the 5-1/2″ length about 2-1/2″ down. In the short flap that you created cut a hole about 1-1/2″ wide using either a circle punch or a die. If you don’t have a circle you can use another shape like a square or a flower outline or use a household object and draw your circle then cut it out with scissors.

Next, create the tag just as instructed or add extra embellishment. For mine, I added some silver snowflakes in the background using the stamp from the kit and the silver Delicata ink that was in the holiday catalog. If you don’t have the silver ink, Smokey Slate is a great alternative. I adhered my tag to the long part of the strip with snail adhesive. Super simple and the perfect touch to a thoughtful gift.

Christmas Card

Christmas Card made with the Winter Gifts Paper Pumpkin kit.

The last alternative is a Christmas Card. You could also use this as a Thank You card, just swap out the sentiment. I started with a base of Shaded Spruce. On top of that, I layered a piece of DSP from the Neutrals 6×6 pack in Basic Gray. If you don’t have that paper pack or a desirable alternate, consider making your own DSP with the snowflake stamp from the kit and some Whisper White paper.

Next, I made the tag as instructed, but left of the sequins so I could add them to the background of the card. I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade for additional contrast.

This card style would work well with any of the tags. Change out the card base or the DSP layer to make each one unique.

I wish you a creative and peaceful holiday no matter how you celebrate.

Shadow Technique

I have a new technique for you to try. This is super simple and you need ink, paper, and some stamps that aren’t too detailed. For my samples I used the leaves from the Everything is Rosy set, but I think it would work well with snowflakes and stars and some flowers as well. Simply ink up your stamp, stamp the image, then shift your stamp slightly right or left and stamp again for a second-generation image.

Simple Thinking of You Card

I started with a blank quarter sheet of Very Vanilla and some Cherry Cobbler ink. I wasn’t super fussy about the offset, but I did make sure to vary the direction of the images and make sure they “fell off” the edge of the paper. This makes it appear more like a designer paper than a stamped piece of paper.

To finish the card, I trimmed my stamped piece to 4″x5-1/4″ and wrapped the striped burlap ribbon around the bottom third. I layered that onto a base of Cherry Cobbler using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Darling Labels, and I punched it out with the matching punch, but a circle punch would have worked well too, or even a circle die. Lastly, I used a wood element in my stash. This is the perfect kind of card to dig into your stash and see what works. Pick colors that match your ribbons and embellishments that match your style.

Stepped-up Thank You Card

This card started out exactly the same except for the ink and card base. I used Soft Suede ink and a Crumb Cake base. The “thank you” sentiment was from the Share What You Love stamp set. I had created it months ago but didn’t use it and it was sitting in my stash. The Ink color was Tranquil Tide. If you like the color, Pretty Peacock or Shaded Spruce would be good alternates.

Next, I shifted through my embellishment stash. The Champagne foil circlets was from a retired set, but there is a similar die included in the upcoming Occasions catalog with the Painted Poppies set. Look for that in January. The leaves came from past Paper Pumpkins (always a source of great leftovers) and other kit paper. When I have leftovers after removing pre-punched pieces from a kit, I always try to punch shapes out of the remains if I like the paper. Who doesn’t like gold sparkles?

Finally, the little flowers are from a retired punch and a paper coffee cup insulator from a well-known coffee shop. I love the corrugated look. You can replicate this if you don’t buy fancy coffee (I don’t very often) using the Corrugated embossing folder and there is a similar punch that is going to be available in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. You can earn it for free with a qualifying product order. I love small punches like this for using up those fancy leftovers.

Try the technique. Let me know what you think or contact me with questions. Happy stamping.

Bone Apetit Alternates

The special Halloween themed Paper Pumpkin came in a super cute Gorgeous Grape box. I ripped, okay carefully opened, it as soon as I got it. The kit makes twenty treat boxes in two styles. Most of my kit was used up creating them exactly as designed. But I know not everyone celebrates this spooky holiday and some people don’t get trick-or-treaters. Don’t despair, I have two simple alternatives for this month’s kit.

A Birthday Card

Starting with a base of Basic Black, I layered a 2-1/2″ strip of Black Foil paper. On top of that, I added a 2″ strip of Kraft paper, but Crumb Cake or Soft Suede would work if you don’t have any Kraft.

Next, I opened up one of the striped treat boxes and cut three of the sides, trimming them to 1-1/2″ squares. I layered them on with the black Dimensionals from the kit. The sentiment banner is also from the kit, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The stamp is retired. Any small stamp would work or swap out a larger banner.

A Christmas Treat

It’s pretty easy to take the treat boxes apart by separating the single flap and then resealing it with strong adhesive, either tear and tape or liquid glue. The edge doesn’t look as nice, however. To overcome this little challenge, I cut an 8″ strip of leftover Christmas DSP 2″ wide and scored it every two inches.

Then, I glued it around the box. I stamped a sentiment on one of the little tombstone shaped tags from the kit. Added some pearls and a ribbon and now I have a super easy table favor or stocking stuffer ready to fill and use for the holidays. This would also be a great idea for your Thanksgiving table settings, just use a different themed paper and a thankful sentiment.

Even if a particular Paper Pumpkin doesn’t resonate with you, there are always great ways to use the quality materials inside. Let me know what you did with yours.