Tasteful Textures – Two for Tuesday

Texture is one of my go-tos for making beautiful cards, so, of course, the In Good Taste suite in the new catalog drew my eye. The suite includes the bundled stamps and dies. The stamp set has a beautiful flower and a nice sized feather along with a spray of leaves. It also has two unique background stamps and four general sentiments. There are ten different dies, perfect for layering and cutting out sentiments. There is also a cool 3-D embossing folder called Tasteful Textile and wood embellishments. But the thing that captured my attention was the beautiful paper: wood textures, tiles, stacked stone, textiles, and paint. A totally versatile suite that will make card making a snap. Let me show you two I did to show off the pieces in this suite and demonstrate how easy it is to shine it up or keep it simple.

Simple Card

For this card, I used Gray Granite for my ink and paper. There is a layer of cardstock under that piece of gorgeous textile paper to give it some structure so I could add the piece of Faux Suede Trim. The trim actually goes on top of the base banner cut with one of the dies and some of the wood grain paper that came in the In Good Taste DSP pack from the suite.

I also die cut the sentiment with a different die from the Tasteful Labels dies. See how well they layer? I dabbed a bit of Gray Granite around the edges to give it more dimension and popped it up on Dimensionals. The feather, from the stamp set, is so easy to fussy cut that it’s almost not fussy. And doesn’t it look great with that handwriting font? For a final touch, I added three of the wood elements which are much less shiny than pearls, but just as festive.

Shiny Card

This card is a similar construction to the one above. It has a base of Whisper White and a layer of Rococo Rose underneath the gorgeous paint effect DSP. But then, I ran a small piece of Rococo Rose through the Embossing folder to add that rich texture.

I stamped the flower in Gray Granite on Rococo Rose paper. After I fussy cut it out, I dapped on a bit of Frost White Shimmer Paint into the center. I also added the paint to two of the wood embellishments. The set is called In Good Taste Elements and it has these sprays, the wood pluses above, a larger leaf and some small hexagons.

I heat embossed the sentiment, a stamp from the suite, on to the DSP, and die cut with one of the label dies. I lifted the flower on Dimensionals so it could “float” over the wood sprays. For a final touch, I added some clear epoxy droplets. This card could do duty as a birthday, thank you, or thinking of you card depending on the inside message.

Box of Sunshine Alternatives

Look at these cards that came in the June Paper Pumpkin box! So fun, great colors and a snap to put together. The thing that stood out to me about all of the designs were the fabulous backgrounds. They made the simple, okay lovely, gold-detailed, and colorful prepunched pieces really pop.

As I thought about the alternates I might want to create, I decided to focus on a variety of backgrounds. One thing I do as I craft, besides save and organize every scrap, is create background pieces. Generally, I make them 4-1/4×5-1/2″ so they are already card size and I can trim them down as needed. With my kit I made all the cards, there were supplies for eight, before I started any alternates. So my cards are using the “leftovers”. If this doesn’t explain what a value the Paper Pumpkin is, I don’t know what will. But if you have questions about subscribing, don’t hesitate to ask. Now, let’s get crafty with backgrounds!

Oh Baby (wipe)

The background for this card uses leftover ink from a different project and a baby wipe (alcohol-free). I mopped up the extra Poppy Parade and probably some Daffodil Delight ink and dabbed it onto Whisper White cardstock until most of it was covered and then let it dry. I love this technique and use it all the time. The depth and interest of the color are amazing and you can use lots of combinations of ink. Reinkers are really inexpensive and are available for all the current ink palettes in the Stampin’ Up! catalog. You’ll also note that I’m using up some of my retired Pineapple Punch cardstock for these alternatives. The color is so bright it works perfectly with the pineapples and lemons in the kit.

Shimmer Paint

Bermuda Bay and yellow (Pineapple Punch or Daffodil Delight or Crushed Curry) really makes for a striking card. But this card has even more “Wow” factor with the addition of shimmer paint spatters. There are two colors available in the catalog, Frost White and Champagne Mist. I suspect I used Frost White on this background, but I’m not completely certain. I can tell you that I watered down my brush a bit before I dipped it in my lid and then flicked it over the page. It’s random and messy, let it happen without over thinking or trying to get it just right.

Designer Series Paper

If you are like all crafters I’ve ever met, you have pretty paper. If you are the exception to the rule, I can help you with that. I have an entire catalog of options. But let’s assume, you do have a stash of pretty paper. Now. It’s time. Cut the paper. There will be more pretty paper. Better pretty paper. Make room for the new paper by putting your gorgeous patterned paper to use in your crafts. This paper is long ago retired, but I selected it because of the Coastal Cabana color and graphic print. I added a few leftovers from last December’s Paper Pumpkin and done. A fun gorgeous card.

Speaking of using up the paper, how about a quick tag? Again, old paper. This time I stamped the Sun image from the kit right on top of my striped paper. I used the matching Crushed Curry ink, so it’s subtle, but adds a bit more texture. The sentiment is stamped in Mango Melody. And the chair was in my embellishment stash and is Poppy Parade. The ribbon is from a Paper Pumpkin kit last fall. I kept the decorations flat so it can be used as a bookmark in my favorite beach read. (That I’m reading on my porch this year!)

Terrific Tissue

Last month I used the tissue out of the box, which would work for this card, too. Instead, I dove into my way-back folder and retrieved some goodies from I think the 2018 June Paper Pumpkin. I had a tiny piece, last one, of the card base. I loved the pineapple, lemon, watermelon combination. To make this background, I covered a piece of Whisper White card stock with the tissue that was designed to go in the gift bags that the kit made. The round sentiment banner is from this year’s February kit. I had lots of those circles leftover, so expect to see them again. In fact, the small rectangle banner on one of the cards above is from the same kit.

That’s all the alternates I have for you this month. I still have a few pieces left over from the kit and you never know when they might make an appearance. I hope you are able to spend some time crafting and using the beautiful things in your craft stash.

A Kit in Color – Radical Alternatives

So I promised you more alternatives for the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin, A Kit in Color. These alternatives take a bit more work, might use retired products, and more advanced techniques. This is for the avid crafters, to inspire you to use what you have in your craft stash to make something spectacular. Let’s go.

Die Cut and Embossing

The first card uses the rainbow card base from kit. On top of that I layered one half of the Purple Posy notecard that I had embossed with the retired Swirls and Curls embossing folder. If you don’t have this one consider the Parisian Flourish 3-D or some other way to add texture and interest to that layer. Next, I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather on one of the clouds from the kit. It’s lifted up on Dimensionls.

Next I die cut the butterfly from a retired set using the multicolored layer from the kit. I made sure to center my cut so I could use the negative space piece for the next card. A few of the kit embellishments and it’s done.

Shake It Up

The second card starts with a base of Pumpkin Pie. Then I added a layer of Bumblebee stamped in Melon Mambo using the new Tasteful Touches stamps set. Next step was to put together shaker.

Using the negative space piece from the butterfly in the first card, I added Window sheet to cover the hole. Next, I used the adhesive foam strips to outline the butterfly on the backside of the piece over the Window sheet. Added a few extra pieces along the edge of the cut banner so that the entire piece would be level when I added the striped backing. But before I did that, I added a scoop of the retired Sprinkles embellishments to the center. Any complimentary color of sequins will work. The striped Magenta Madness backing is from an envelope from the kit. I had to trim it down, so I saved the strip to use underneath the sentiment banner. The sentiment from the December 2019 kit is stamped in Melon Mambo.

I finished this card off with a twine bow from the kit and a few In-Color enamel dots. Shaker cards are always fun and look harder than they are. The key is to have the right supplies.

Lots of Layers

It seems like every card maker has their own particular style, which is really cool. I like layers. Layers of texture, layers of color, layers of embellishments, the more the merrier. Because I don’t care what you heard—more is more.

Take this card for example. The base is Bumblebee. I’m in love with the honey color of this new In-Color. then I added a layer of Bumblebee DSP just to make the corners and edges more interesting. On top of that is one half of a notecard from the kit that I embossed with the 3-D Hammered Metal folder. This folder is awesome because whether you use the embossed side or the debossed side, it looks fantastic.

The next layer is the multi-colored banner from the kit. Then the rainbow ticket piece is floating on top with some Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather using the stamps from the kit. But before I added it to the card, I used the left over strip of Bumblebee DSP, just flipped it over so the dots side showed and layered that under the stamped banner.

For a final touch, I punched some Pumpkin Pie DSP with the Small Bloom punch and the butterflies using the top image of the Butterfly Duet punch. Some enamel dots and one of the kit Magenta Madness flowers and that was finally enough layers to make my heart happy.

Birthday Card

I don’t know about you, but birthdays have a way of sneaking up on me. Especially now when it’s hard to know what day it is. I like to have a stash of cards ready to go. This card uses a base of Magenta Madness with a layer of the matching DSP. Next, I added half of one of the notecards from the kit. On top of that there is a vellum banner underneath the balloons. These were punched using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I used an old stamp set to make the Misty Moonlight balloons, but you could punch them from cardstock and then add some Wink of Stella or Shimmer paint to dress them up. The twine tethers and bow are from the kit.

The Wish sentiment and the Make A banner were from the Broadway Bound suite. If you’ve been Paper Pumpkining for a while you might recall that this suite coordinated with one of the Paper Pumpkin kits. Well, I decided to put it to good use. I cut out the Wish from one of the rainbow card bases in the kit. I also cut it out two more times using the white back half of the card. Then I glued all the layers together before I added it to the card. This gave it dimension without trying to fiddle with foam adhesive. The Make A is stamped in Misty Moonlight and tucked under the balloon which is on a Dimensional. Of course I added a few enamel dots as a final touch.

Silver Lining

The final card captures how I feel when I get a new Paper Pumpkin box. I love the monthly surprise and the inspiration it provides to stretch my crafty creativity. Let me tell you what I did.

The base is Misty Moonlight. The other half of one of the notecards from the kit is stamped in silver ink using a retired stamp from the Stargazing set. I added a strip of rainbow card from the kit along the bottom.

To give the clouds a silver lining, I dragged the edges along the Versamark ink pad and then used Silver heat embossing powder. I used that same Silver powder for the long-ago retired sentiment. (So old it was gifted to me and all I can tell you is that it’s Stampin’ Up! and I love it. Use your favorite or one from the kit). The smaller clouds are lifted on Dimensionals. The final touch was the clear epoxy stars.

That’s it. All of the cards I made for you from the May Paper Pumpkin kit. I hope you are inspired to try something different with your kit. And if you aren’t subscribed, you can easily change that by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin logo on the right hand side of this page. Don’t miss next month’s Sushine in a Box. It’s going to be sensational.

Happy crafting.