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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April 2021 Paper Pumpkin: So Cool

It’s July and I’m catching up on my Paper Pumpkin Workshop recaps. This kit is from April but the hot summer months are a perfect time to post about Stampin’ Up’s monthly subscription paper-crafting kit, So Cool. The kit includes all the supplies to make three each of the four card designs pictured above. It also came with additional stickers, coordinating envelopes, a Bermuda Bay mini ink pad, and the seven-piece photopolymer stamp set featuring the images pictured below.

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the sentiments on this stamp set was that if my daughter’s handwriting were made into a font, this would be the font! The youthful feel of this kit provided a perfect avenue for crafting with kids, tweens, and teens.

Since the cards themselves are shaped, I decided that I wanted to put them on backers. I used patterned paper from both the Ice Cream Corner suite featured in the January-June Occasions Catalog, and the Oh So Hombre that was available free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. (Although the Sale-a-Bration promotion from earlier in the year is over, there’s another one starting up at the beginning of August.)

For this card, I added a black card base and reworked the supplies already in the kit.

I made two “stamps only” cards. This first one is a fresh and simple one-layer card. My card is colored with alcohol ink markers by Stampin’ Up called Blends, but a person without a plethora of craft supplies, can use any other kind of marker of colored pencil.

My second card features the popsicle stamp.

If you think you might love receiving the monthly subscription-base paper-crafting kit, the Paper Pumpkin, subscribe here. If you’re interested in attending in one of my Paper Pumpkin Workshops, you can find them listed on MeetUp.com under the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group.