February Paper Pumpkin

By | February 28, 2017

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!

I got my red box in the mail earlier this week.  It’s always a surprise and so much fun to open!!!  This month, the kit is called Many Happy Birthdays and it includes a photopolymer stamp set, TWO Stampin’ Spots (Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo), and supplies to make nine die-cut cards or party invitations.

The supplies are shown below including 9 printed die-cut card bases (3 each of 3 designs), 9 white envelopes, 9 card inserts, 9 printed invites, glitter embellishments, and 20 adhesive dots.

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set.

The standard projects are super cute “pull” cards shaped like candles.  As you can see, it’s also fun to decorate the envelopes.  I added a few additional colors of coordinating ink including Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry.

Tip:  To assemble the cards, the instructions tell you to add the insert and then stamp the see-through message through the window.  If you are at all concerned about getting stray ink on your card base (which I was), use four Post-It notes to cover the card base … works like a charm!!!

Here’s the inside of my cards.  There are little slots for a gift card, or the printed invitations (sorry, I didn’t take a picture of those), or you can just have fun with all the stamps and stamp away!  I had the mind set that I would use them for gift cards, so I didn’t even think to flip that insert over and take a photo of the printed invitations.

Next, I created some alternative projects that you can create with the Paper Pumpkin supplies and a few additional supplies.  The combination of the line and dot stamps looked like candles to me, so I had the idea to create a cake.  I used the Classic Label punch to create my layers.  I simply trimmed off the ends to make them straight and different widths.

For the base of my “cake”, I trimmed off a piece of the leftover glitter embellishment and then I added some Lace Doilies.  Those doilies are so cool, because they are white on one side and vanilla on the other!

I created the borders with Paper Pumpkin stamps.  I used Flirty Flamingo ink on the top and bottom, and Watermelon Wonder ink to stamp the “candles”, triangles, and Happy Birthday.  Finally, I used Delightful Dijon ink for the dots.  To narrow down the stamps so they would fit my cake, I used Post-It notes to mask the areas I did not want to stamp.

For my next card, I added a Sale-A-Bration stamp set to make the card softer and more feminine.  Just think, if you purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin now during Sale-A-Bration, you get it at the reduced price of only $55 AND you could earn this stamp set for FREE!!!

I trimmed down some of the Paper Pumpkin printed die-cut card bases to form the strips.  Then, I cut a piece of Shimmery White Paper 2″ x 5-1/2″ and watercolored the background with Pool Party and Island Indigo ink.

Afterwards, I stamped the sentiment, dots and leaves.  For the flowers, I stumbled across a fun technique.  After cleaning my flower stamp, it was slightly wet.  I left it wet and inked up the stamp, and it turned out with this slightly watercolored look.  I used Island Indigo and Pool Party ink for the flowers.  For one of the flowers, I used a sponge to add a little darker ink to the center.

For the glitter centers.  I punched out flowers with the Blossom Punch from the leftover glitter paper in the kit.  Then, I trimmed them down to form the centers.

Additional supplies used on my cards:

If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator, you get added perks!  Each month, I will send you an exclusive PDF created by me and a group of demonstrators called the Paper Pumpkin Gurus.  The PDF includes at least 8 step-by-step tutorials of alternative projects you can make with the kit and a few extra supplies.  None of these projects are available anywhere else, including any of our social media sites.  It is an exclusive offer that we provide only to our subscribers.  Contact me for more details.
Have a great week!


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