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.
If you’re not familiar with what a Paper Pumpkin is, it’s a monthly subscription for an all-inclusive paper crafting kit made by Stampin’ Up, and one of my favorite things to receive in the mail. You can learn more about Paper Pumpkin and subscribe for the kit here.
This month’s tip for extending your creative options with your kit is to sacrifice your envelopes. Sometimes the cards in the Paper Pumpkin kit come with matching envelopes. Don’t be afraid to flay those envelopes open and cut them into mini-sheets of coordinating designer paper. Here’s an example from the July 2020 Paper Pumpkin Summer Nights add-on kit, which consisted of extra card bases and coordinating envelopes.
First, I used my paper trimmer to cut along the edges of the envelope where the white from the envelope meets the pattern on the inside of the envelope.
Next, I splayed open the envelope and trimmed the white part from the bottom of the pattern.
Finally, I cut the envelope at the crease between the flap and envelope.
After that, I cut the pieces into strips, applied them to a Night of Navy card base, and created the card pictured below using the stamp set and pieces from the Summer Nights kit.
Here’s a small slideshow of other cards I have made using the interior designs on the envelopes as elements on the front of the card.
I received a shipping notice yesterday that this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is on its way to my house, so I have Paper Pumpkin on the brain. Because Paper Pumpkin is an all-inclusive monthly subscription paper-crafting kit perfect for beginning stampers, I’ve decided to start a series of posts giving tips and tricks on how to expand the possibilities of what you can create with your monthly kit.
This months tip: A Little Product Supplement Goes a Long Way
You don’t have to have a a storehouse of paper-crafting supplies to make alternative projects from your Paper Pumpkin. You can supplement with a few basic supplies and unlock a plethora of possibilities.
Purchase extra cardstock & envelopes When I say to purchase extra cardstock, I don’t mean that you have to have every color of the Stampin’ Up rainbow. Invest in a stash of Basic White and/or Very Vanilla cardstock. You can also buy thick versions of white and vanilla which are sturdier and make better card bases. A pack of Neutrals cardstock will further expand your creative opportunities. The Neutrals color family includes Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Gray Granite, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, and Soft Suede, and you’ll receive two sheets of every color in the package.
Invest in a black ink pad For a beginning stamper, I recommend Memento Tuxedo Black. Memento is a great all-around basic ink. Also, it won’t smear when you color with alcohol-based markers such as Stampin’ Blends or Copics.
Acquire basic cutting tools Not only is a paper trimmer a must-have for a paper-crafter, it’s a great tool to have around the house anyway. My daughter frequently pulls it out for school projects and to trim photos. Paper snips give you the ability to precisely cut out small stamped images.
By investing in these basic supplies, you can “cannibalize” the materials in your Paper Pumpkin and create extra cards. Subscribe to my blog and check back at the end of the month to see what I create with the January 2021 kit, Sending Hearts. Happy stamping!