The May 2020 Paper Pumpkin is vibrant and playful. It comes with all of the supplies you need to make the three card designs pictured above (four of each design), a Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Spot, and the photopolymer stamp set pictured below.
This kit features four of Stampin’ Up’s five new In Colors that will be available June 3rd when the new annual catalog gets released.
The colors featured in the kit are Just Jade, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, and Misty Moonlight. As you can see in the pictures at the top of the page, the kit uses these colors to create some unique patterns, both on the envelopes and the cards themselves. Some might even call them groovy, or reminiscent of the Psychedelic ’60s and ’70s.
I always say not to be afraid of cannibalizing your envelopes when creating alternate versions of your kit’s cards, which is what I did to make the card pictured below.
I used the insides of the envelopes and a square from of the Just Jade card base for the pattern pieced square. I separated the back of the Just Jade card base and used it as a card front, which I mounted on a Whisper White card base. I even used a white scrap from one of those cut up envelopes for the white square layer.
For my next card, I challenged myself to use only the kit’s stamp set and included ink pad to create a card on a single white card base. This card required several different stamping techniques including, masking, sponging, and stamping off.
If you’re a new Paper Pumpkin subscriber and have a minimal amount of other paper-crafting supplies, I highly recommend buying a set of envelopes and white card bases so you can extend the use of your stamps and ink. Although you can pick up a pack of card bases with coordinating envelopes at most craft stores, I highly recommend buying them from Stampin’ Up. Their Whisper White paper has an ultra smooth surface which helps your stamped images to be clean and crisp.
Most of the greeting cards I make can be given to just about anyone, but sometimes I design one for a specific person. For me, making a custom card is incredibly rewarding. With the aid of a computer, printer, and my daughter’s drawing skills, I made this one-of-a-kind greeting card last week. I’ve been waiting to share it until it arrived at the recipient’s home.
My father-in-law is adventurous when it comes to cooking and he recently decided to make pickled hotdogs. (Pickling hotdogs is out of my realm of imagination, so I didn’t even know that people do this on a regular basis.) After three weeks of marinating, he taste-tested them over a Zoom call with my husband and they laughed themselves to tears for at least fifteen minutes. My husband asked me to make a card to commemorate the occasion. (We’re a little goofy that way.)
I dusted off the retired Stampin’ Up set Jar of Love and its coordinating batch of dies to make this card. I have a large collection of stamps, but a hotdog stamp isn’t numbered among them. My daughter is a gifted artist, so I commissioned her to draw and color the hotdogs in the jar.
I found a font that resembles the typeface on a Ball jar and printed a custom label. (The font is called Ave Fendan and you can find it at dafont.com. It is free for personal use.) I circle-punched my custom text and adhered it to a Grapefruit Grove tag made from the Story Label punch. I wanted the card to have a county fair feel to it, so I placed a swatch of Daffodil Delight gingham paper behind the jar. I chose the woodgrain background paper because I wanted the card to seem rustic.
As I said before, the Jar of Love stamp set is retired. However, the new annual catalog, which will go live on June 3rd, contains a similar set called Jar of Flowers, a coordinating punch, and mason-jar shaped shaker domes.
I recommend two easy (and cheap) ways to further customize your one-of-a-kind greeting card. First, find a font that compliments your stamp set and print out sentiments tailored to the card recipient. Second, doodle or sketch extra elements if you have the artistic skills (or a daughter who can do it for you).
Today’s post features the stamp set, Piece of Cake, which is scheduled to retire the day before Stampin’ Up’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog launches on June 3rd. Look at the Last Chance Products page in the Stampin’ Up store to see what else is retiring. The items on this list are available until June 2nd or until supplies run out.
Piece of Cake coordinates with the Cake Builder Punch, which eliminates the need for fussy cutting if you want to pop upthe images from the card. The set features multiple kinds of cakes such as birthday, wedding, plain, decorated, etc. so you’re not limited to just making birthday cards with this one.
Here are two cards I recently made with this set:
The base of this wedding card is a silver foil-edged card, which also comes in gold. The card bases come with coordinating envelopes. Right now, the silver ones are sold out, but the gold are still available.
The next card is a more masculine birthday card featuring the Country Club Designer Series paper, also slated for retirement. Golf is on my list of least interesting sports, but this set of paper has some amazing argyle prints on the reverse sides.
If you couldn’t tell from my earlier posts, I really love Stampin’ Up’s Honey Bee stamp set. Unfortunately, this set will retire on June 3 when the new annual catalog launches. Today’s post is my final tribute to the Honey Bee stamp set and the Detailed Bees die set.
I wanted this series of cards to be soft looking, so my color scheme is Very Vanilla, SaharaSand, a touch of Early Espresso, So Saffron, and gold.
This first card didn’t require any stamping at all. I used the large bee die from Detailed Bees set and the largest oval die from the Stitched Ovals sent. Instead of sandwiching my paper between two cutting plates. I sandwiched it between a rubber embossing mat and a cutting plate so the paper has a raised detail to it. Then, I used a sponge dauber with Sahara Sand ink to give the paper an antique look and highlight the raised images. The design for this card was inspired by the technique featured in this YouTube video by Allison Okamitsu.
My next card in the series is simple and requires no other techniques beyond stamping and coloring. I love using Wink of Stella on the bee wings because it gives them a subtle gossamer look. Unfortunately, you can’t see the sparkly wings on this picture, but they’re there. I also daubed Sahara Sand to soften the edges of the paper. I colored in the bee with a So Saffron marker and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso. I sketched in the “bee trail” with a Sahara Sand marker.
My final card takes advantage of the Golden Glitz Delicata ink featured in the January-June Mini Catalog, which unfortunately is currently unavailable. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend it. I really liked this ink because it provides an embossed look without having to take the time to pull out my heat embossing tool and embossing powders. Also for the bee images, the Delicata ink shows more detail than embossing powder would. The only caveat with this ink is that you must be patient and let it dry fully before handling your paper again.
Over the next few weeks my blog posts will feature Stampin’ Up products scheduled to retire when Stampin’ Up’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog launches on June 3rd. Look at the Last Chance Products page in the Stampin’ Up store to see what else is retiring. The items on this list are available until June 2nd or until supplies run out.
Today, I begin my farewell to the Honey Bee stamp set and coordinating Detailed Bee dies. This set is by far my favorite from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.
Most of the time when I design a card, I don’t have the finished product figured out. I end up making different elements and then decide how to put them together. Sometimes this approach works very well and other times the end result is a bunch of different pieces that didn’t end up working together. That’s what almost happened with this card. I had the bees stamped, the paper colored, and the ribbon figured out, but when I tried adding a tag with the sentiment on a white tag, it wasn’t adding up. I was about to give up when I realized that putting embossing the sentiment in white on a black tag was the perfect thing to do. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure that out, but I’m glad I did.
This card features the Golden Honey DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Hopefully, you got some when it was available. The flowers on the Golden Honey paper are black and white. I colored them in with Purple Posy Blends. The great thing about Blends is that you can use them to color things other than paper. I used the dark Highland Heather Blend to color in the white stripes on the ribbon.