This month was the 4th anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, and to celebrate Stampin’ Up! created a very special box. I have to say, this is my all time favorite, Favorite, FAVORITE Paper Pumpkin ever!!!!
The kit was designed by Sara Douglas, the Stampin’ Up! CEO and it included a special gift in every box. And, guess what the gift was? … Watercolor Pencils!!!! Oh, my gosh, what a treat! I absolutely LOVE the vibrant, bold colors of this kit against the black cardbases!!! Just gorgeous!
Here’s a picture of the contents of the kit. It includes all these supplies for the subscription price of $20 a month including shipping (tax added separately.) The kit includes supplies to make 12 cards in 3 designs, including two using the emboss resist technique. It’s a little hard to see, but two of the watercolor sheets below are pre-embossed in clear. The clear embossing does not absorb the watercolor and provides a beautiful effect. The kit includes 12 black cardbases, 12 printed envelopes with liners, watercolor layers, 4 black and white striped sticker sheets, 4 white banners, 1 sheet of leaf stickers, 1 sheet of white stickers, 12 glitter acrylic flowers, 350 glue dots, 60 dimensionals, 1 roll of washi tape, and a paintbrush.
The kit also includes this photopolymer stamp set, a Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot ink pad, 4 watercolor pencils in Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point, and a paint brush. I really love the brushstroke font of the stamps. They are Sara’s handwriting!!!
First, I’ll start out with the basic cards from the kit (if you can call these basic!) They are really beautiful cards. I like to make the standard cards so I can give tips when necessary. You’ll notice that I added some Basic Rhinestones to the centers of the flowers. It just looked like it needed a little something extra in the middle:)
I always watch Stampin’ Up!’s YouTube video before I make my cards. Frequently, I can pick up great tips watching them assemble the cards. I highly recommend subscribing to their Paper Pumpkin channel.
Tip 1: When I initially used the watercolor pencils, I added a lot of color and used water liberally. However, you can see below that my paper became discolored, especially around the Daffodil Delight. I suggest using a very dry brush. It doesn’t take much water at all to activate the pencils. The second time, I painted less aggressively and went section by section. I think it turned out better.
Here’s my second attempt. Another thing I did was go back with the pencils and add darker color for contrast.
Tip 2: Watch out for the speckle stamp!!! Practice on scratch paper first. I had to stamp very lightly to get a clean image. In fact, I really struggled with that stamp. I ended up cleaning up my images with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
Tip 3: Leave a little white space. Watercoloring is suppose to be see-through, so use that to your advantage. Go for shading versus coloring too evenly. It will look much more interesting.
Don’t you just love all these envelopes? They are so cute, including both the address side and the liners. The kit also included white liners for the inside of every card.
Now for some alternative ideas. Since the kit included the gift of those four beautiful watercolor pencils, I thought I’d give you an idea for what to do when you’ve used up all the embossing paper. Get a sheet of Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper and keep painting!
For this card, I cut a piece of the Irresistibly Floral SDSP 5″ x 3-3/4″. I used all four watercolor pencils to color a rainbow and then painted with clear water. The colors blend beautifully and resist the clear embossing. I added a May Flower Framelits Die as an accent and a few Basic Pearls. Voila!
For my next card, I changed up the colors in the background and simply used Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry. Then, I added some Basic Pearls.
Tip 4: Stamp your greeting first, and then stamp the speckles! I ended up having a speckle right in the middle of my Y at the end of Happy Birthday.
In addition to the April Paper Pumpkin Kit, I used the following supplies on my cards:
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