I’m back home, and I immediately dove into my October Paper Pumpkin Kit. While I was at my mom’s house helping her recover from shoulder surgery, I saw videos and pictures of this kit, and I was so excited to start working with it. This is one of my all time favorite kits!!! It includes many of my favorite things – watercolor images and gorgeous flowers. The kit comes with THIRTEEN photopolymer stamps!!! Talk about a great deal! I received all the supplies pictured below (enough to make nine cards!), plus the photopolymer stamps, and a Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot for only $19.95 plus tax (includes shipping.)
Here’s a closer look at these great photopolymer stamps.
The first thing I like to do with each kit is to warm up by making the projects as instructed. That way, I can experience the kit and give you any helpful hints. All the cards for this month went together very easily. I think this is a great kit for beginner and advanced stampers alike. The stamps work well with the papers provided. I even stamped my envelopes! The only enhancement I made was to add some basic pearls.
For this next card, it involved using the Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot to stamp the outlines of the flowers on the pre-printed papers. This is great practice for beginners to learn “two-step” stamping, but without having to stamp the initial colored image. Because the outline stamps are photopolymer, it’s easy to see through your acrylic block, line up the stamp with the images on the paper, and stamp the outline. You can see that I did not stamp my outlines perfectly! I’m totally fine with that. I think it adds to the charm of a hand-stamped card.
On this next card, I again stamped the outlines of the leaves over the pre-printed paper. This card was very similar to the one above, and again you can see that I was not perfect in my stamping.
Tip: When aligning the outline stamp with the colored paper, try to focus on three key areas, such as a top point, bottom stem, and one central leaf. Keep your eye on these three points as you slowly lower the stamp in place.
Next, I have three alternative projects to share with you. For all these projects, I’ve added a few extra supplies, which I’ve listed below.
In addition to the projects below, one perk of subscribing to Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator is that each month, I will send you a PDF of at least eight additional alternative projects. (I save my favorite alternative project for this document.) All of these projects are exclusive, and you will not find them on my blog or any other social media sites. This is a huge advantage to subscribing with me. I get together with a group of talented demonstrators to produce this PDF each month for our subscribers only. The tutorials are sent out via email on approximately the 1st of the following month, so the October one will be coming to my subscribers any day!
For my first alternative project, I changed up the colors to be a little more Fall-like. I used the Hello Honey card base, Old Olive banner, and Old Olive leaf paper that came with the kit. But, instead of using Basic Gray to stamp, I used gold embossing. I love the added texture of embossing. It makes a card look rich and elegant.
For the flowers, I stamped them with Versamark and embossed them in gold on Shimmery White paper. This paper work excellently for watercoloring. I used an Aqua Painter to color the flowers Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist. Then, I cut them out by hand and added a pearl. The gold leaf stickers from the kit enhance the gold embossing for a warm, Autumn feel to this card.
For my next two cards, I sacrificed one of the watercolor background sheets from the kit, so I could stamp and emboss as many flowers as possible. Then, I simply cut out the flowers and added them to my cards with dimensionals. I again changed up the colors for a more Fall-like feel to the card. This one includes the Crumb Cake card base and Old Olive banner from the kit, as well as some Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss card stock that I added. I thought the long leaf stamps made great borders!
For my last card, I used the Crumb Cake card base again. In addition, I cut the smallest Whisper White card base in half and stamped and embossed the stems and leaves in gold. I also used a Crumb Cake re-inker to pool ink on my stamp pad lid. Then, I added a little water, dipped my Aqua Painter in the mixture, held the brush over the white paper, and tapped the brush to create splatters.
I added some of more of my cut out flowers, as well as some Gold Glimmer Paper and Gold Cord.
Additional supplies used on my cards:
Another huge perk of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber is that you have the ability to order past kits, as well as any refill kits that are still available. Currently, there’s a fairly good selection of past/refill kits available, so I thought I’d show them to you. Remember though, you can only order these if you are a current subscriber. If one of them looks interesting, why not try subscribing for a month?
I’ll work on making at least one more alternative project for next Tuesday, so be sure to check back!