August 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Hope Box

I have mentioned before that I’m a sucker for snowflakes. I even wrote a blog post about it. Well, not only am I a sucker for snowflakes, I’m also an easy mark when it comes to butterfly stamps. So, when I saw the sneak peek for the August 2021 Paper Pumpkin with the giant butterfly on it, I was very excited.

Not only does the Hope Box contain the supplies to make all the cards pictured above, the box itself is designed to decorate and keep as a box of mementos. It reminds me of a green glass box I had when I was a tween (that was before they started calling tweens tweens). I stored things that meant something to me at the time–a handkerchief from my grandma with my name on it from my grandma, for example. Here’s a piece of advice though: write down what the items you put in you box and why they’re important to you. There are a few things in my green glass box that I am clueless about!

Back to the Paper Pumpkin…in addition to containing all of the paper and embellishments needed for the cards and supplies to decorate the box, it also includes a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Spot (tiny ink pad) and the stamp set pictured below.

I’m a member of a few Facebook groups full of Paper Pumpkin fans, which are great inspiration when I design the cards for my class projects. Well, this month, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator named Vy Tran over at Crafting Daily Dose made an amazing fold out card that we copied step by step at my workshop. The only product to supplement the kit contents was one sheet of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Vy created an excellent instructional video on how to make this card, so instead of trying to tell you how to do it, I’m sending you to the source.

Vy’s card is awesome and as far as I’m concerned you don’t mess with success, which is why we followed her design exactly for my class.

To create the “stamps only” card for my workshop, I utilized the Joseph’s coat embossed masking technique.

The abridged version of instructions for the Joseph’s coat technique goes as follows:

  1. Use sponge daubers and various colors of light or bright inks to color an entire panel of white or vanilla cardstock.
  2. Rub paper with an Embossing buddy or a used dryer sheet to release any static on the paper.
  3. Choose a stamp with thick lines or solid images. Detailed images do not perform well with this technique.
  4. Stamp the image in Versamark multiple times around the paper.
  5. Cover the paper with clear embossing powder.
  6. Tap off powder (and put it back in the container!) and use a heating tool to melt the embossing powder.
  7. Choose a very dark color of ink, usually black, and begin sponging over entire image. The ink will not stick to the embossed areas of the paper. Periodically, wipe with a paper towel.
  8. Continue until you’ve reached your desired level of coverage. Wipe off remaining ink.

If my written instructions don’t do the job, here’s a quick video from another Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Niki Ridge, where you can see the technique demonstrated.

To attend my next Paper Pumpkin workshop on September 25th, sign up at Meetup.com in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group. Also, check out my meetup group Momster Ink’s Eastside Stampers for information about my other stamping workshops, Stamping 101 and Paper Playground.

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Better Late Than Never: July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Recap

Boy did I love the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, The Adventure Begins! I loved the color palette and the style of the backgrounds. The kit contains all the supplies to make the cards pictured above. Along with the coordinating envelopes, the kit arrived with a Garden Green mini ink pad and the eleven piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below:

Since the cards are tri-folds, I challenged myself to use one card base and an envelope to make three different cards. I did have to add in three card bases, some paper scraps and a Flirty Flaming ink pad, but other than that, I didn’t use any additional elements.

Here are my cards:

For some reason, I just really wanted a pink tree.

I’ve always wanted a camper trailer.

My camera made a crazy halo effect when I photographed this shaker card! The Subtle Shimmer Sequins must be extra reflective.

Finally, I made a set of stamps only cards, where I don’t use any supplies from the box aside from the stamp set and the Stampin’ Spot. These cards use the stamping off technique (aka generational stamping) to achieve different gradients of colors on the trees. I scraped the edges of the white paper with scissors and sponged with them with Crumb Cake ink.

The first card is simple and easy to make.

The second card is simply embellished with twine and Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots.

The final card has been “Christmas-ified” with some red gems and Evening Evergreen ribbon.

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