The August Paper Pumpkin Kit is a beauty! It’s called Chalk It Up to Love, and it includes supplies to make six cards and three gift boxes, including chalkboard tags. In addition, the card bases and boxes are made of elegant and exclusive gold metallic designer papers. And, the flower die cuts are gorgeous and easy to assemble. This is one all-around awesome kit!
The kit also comes with these exclusive photopolymer stamps and a White Craft Stampin’ Spot ink pad. I particularly love the swirly stamps to make chalkboard designs.
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Each month, Stampin’ Up! creates a video on its YouTube channel showing how to put the kit together. I watch this video every month and it really helps. Here’s this month’s video:
You’ll notice that the video instructs you to stamp the tags and then set them aside to dry. White Craft ink takes much longer to dry than water based inks.
The basic projects straight out of the kit are darling! I added a few items to this first one for a slightly stepped up version. First, I used some of the left-over pink paper from the kit to punch two Pansies and add a little more dimension to the large flower. I also added some Gold Baker’s Twine on top of the black grosgrain ribbon from the kit.
In addition, I added some Gold Foil leaves. To create the leaves, I used a 2″ Circle Punch. First, I punched a circle, then I placed the circle back into the punch to create a leaf, as shown below.
Here’s another example of a stepped-up version of the box. This time, I sponged some Gold Metallic Encore ink around the edges of the petals and embossed them in gold prior to assembling the flower. Then, I added some Gold Foil leaves like the project above.
For the tag, I used a White Signo Uni-Ball Pen to draw dots around the tag and in the swirly circle. I also used some left-over pink paper from the kit to punch Itty Bitty Accent flowers. Then, I curled them with a Bone Folder and added a small pearl inside. Finally, I stapled some Gold 1/8″ Trim to the side of the tag.
Now, on to the cards… This first card shows the basic card you can make with the kit. The only thing I added were a couple dots with a White Signo Uni-Ball Pen.
On my next card, I added some dots on the bottom of the tag and in the swirly circle with a White Signo Uni-Ball Pen. I also used some old twine from prior Paper Pumpkin kits on the top of my tag. This is one thing I LOVE about Paper Pumpkin; I frequently receive exclusive trims and ribbons that are not available in the regular catalogs. Both the Blushing Bride/Gold twine and the Black twine are exclusive to Paper Pumpkin.
The card bases in this month’s kit are so pretty that I didn’t want to change them. Instead, I added a few more layers and embellishments to dress up my cards. On this next one, I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut an extra Very Vanilla layer. Then, I used the Bow Builder Punch and Triple Banner Punch and Gold Foil Paper to add a bow on top and small tails on the bottom of the card.
For my next card, I used the Happy Heart Textured Impression Embossing Folder to create the background out of Pink Pirouette card stock. I again added an extra layer of Very Vanilla using the Lots of Labels Framelits die cut. Then, for my tag, I did something different this time and poked holes around the edges using a Paper Piercing Tool and the Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack. Finally, I added some Blushing Bride Sequin Trim tied in a knot.
This last card is my favorite. I used some Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper as a background, sponged with a little Tuxedo Black Memento ink around the edges and some Pink Pirouette ink over the flowers. I love the soft look of this paper!
I again used some of the left-over pink paper from the kit to punch Itty Bitty Accent flowers. I curled them with a Bone Folder and added a pearl to each one. I also had fun with the White Signo Uni-Ball Pen adding dots around the outside of the tag. Finally, I placed some Blushing Bride Sequin Trim under the two tags.
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