The June Paper Pumpkin is here!!! Whoo hoo!
This month’s kit is so cute and summery! I love everything about it, especially the bright colors and cute watermelon stamps. Paper Pumpkin is a surprise every month, so obviously there are going to be some you love more than others. Well, this is definitely one of my favorites. I don’t have anything like this in my stamp inventory, so it’s perfect for summer cards and gifts.
The kit includes all the items above, plus written color instructions, two Stampin’ Spot ink pads and the photopolymer stamps shown below. There’s enough supplies to make four gift bags and six cards! (You get all this for only $19.95 plus tax — shipping included.)
I particularly love the watermelon bags and tissue, as well as the pre-watercolored layers and banners.
Stampin’ Up! produces a great YouTube video each month showing how to put the kit together. They make it so easy. I highly advise watching the video each month for tips and tricks.
Here’s a couple of the bags that I put together. On one, I decided to take a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and color in the seeds.
Tip: One challenge I had was placing the rind stamp correctly on my acrylic block so that it properly framed the center stamps. (Photopolymer stamps bend a lot, so it’s easy to misalign them.) Stamp one of the center stamps on scratch paper first, and use it to correctly position the rind stamp. Then, practice a few times to make sure they match up correctly.
Next, here’s the basic card from the kit. The pop-out labels are so cute, as well as the fern leaf stickers and printed card bases. The leaves remind me of one of my favorite retired framelits dies … Botanical Builders.
Would you like to join the fun? Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month to receive the next kit!
What if you want to do more with your kit? If you add a few more supplies, there’s lots of possibilities! In fact, if you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator, I’ll give you a great perk for FREE!!! Each month, I’ll email you a PDF with at least 8 tutorials on alternative projects you can make with the kit and a few more supplies. My fellow demonstrators and I get together each month to create this exclusive document. It’s jam packed with creativity, and we don’t share the projects anywhere else!!! All you have to do is pick your favorites and create away.
In addition, each month I share a few more alternative projects here on my blog. For this first one, I added a pineapple from the Pop of Paradise stamp set. I inked up the pineapple stamp with Daffodil Delight ink, but before stamping, I used a Sponge Dauber to add Cucumber Crush ink directly onto the leaves at the top. Afterwards, I used an Aqua Painter to shade the bottom of the pineapple with Crushed Curry ink and the top leaves with Lemon Lime Twist ink. Then, I cut out the pineapple with scissors.
To stamp the watermelon slices, I stamped a watermelon slice close to the edge of one of the circles from the kit. Then, I trimmed the watermelon slice across the top and divided it into three slices. Finally, I sponged the outside edges with Cucumber Crush ink.
I carefully opened up one of my bags so I could use the paper as background.
For my second alternative, I added a tropical drink using the Mixed Drinks stamp set. This set is so fun, and I thought it coordinated perfectly with the tropical fruits on the paper.
For the drink, I inked up the stamp with Daffodil Delight ink and used a Sponge Dauber to add some Melon Mambo ink directly onto the stamp before stamping. This provides a nice blended look just like a fancy cocktail! I stamped the umbrella with Melon Mambo ink, and then used an Aqua Painter to watercolor it with Melon Mambo ink. (I discovered that the Paper Pumpkin white paper works well with watercoloring!) I did the same with the cherry, and then I stamped the lime with Cucumber Crush and Lemon Lime Twist ink.
For the greeting, I cut the Paper Pumpkin greeting into strips so I could just use some of the words.
For my last alternative, I again use the Pop of Paradise stamp set along with some of the fern leaves and a greeting from the Paper Pumpkin kit.
For the background, I cut a piece of Shimmery White Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and used an Aqua Painter to watercolor a soft wash using Lemon Lime Twist ink. After it dried, I stamped the leaves with Lemon Lime Twist ink. Then, I used an Aqua Painter to add shading with Cucumber Crush ink. To accomplish this, I used a fairly dry brush and very little ink. I added the color towards the center and carefully painted towards the edges over the stamped image.
For the center, I cut out a Stitched Shape Framelits Die from Shimmery White paper and stamped the flamingo with Blushing Bride ink. Then, I used an Aqua Painter to paint over the flamingo, similar to the technique described above. However this time, I added Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo ink to emphasize the wing and shade the bird.
Supplies used on my cards: