Tuesday, June 29, 2021

June 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternate Card Designs

Each month when I receive my Paper Pumpkin subscription, I like to make alternates that are different from the included directions. I like to challenge myself to see what I can come up with. I made 8 originals and I cased Rachel Tessman's idea for the last card, but I still changed it up a bit.

I apologize for the darkness of my photos. I took them in natural light, but it was a very hot day so maybe the camera didn't like that. I did try to correct in the editing process, but not as great as I'd like!

Card 1: Stamped the included floral image all around the edge of the included layer. Then made a tag using the Create with Friends stamp set (Happy) and Biggest Wish stamp set (Birthday) stamped in Evening Evergreen and mounted the white tag on Evening Evergreen cardstock raised up with Dimensionals. Accented with the included sequins.  Stamped floral image on Envelope in Evening Evergreen ink for Cards 1, 2, and 3.

Card 2: Did the same as Card 1 for creating the floral layer. Then for the "thanks" I adhered a piece of adhesive sheet to the back and attached it to Basic Black cardstock, then fussy cut out and raised with dimensionals. Accented with sequins.

Card 3: I used a piece from my Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper added to the note card front. Then made the same tag as Card 1, but mounted it on Gold Foil. Embellishments are 2021-2023 In Color Jewels.

Card 4: Made my own card base in Polished Pink. Added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper, but extended it with two 3/4" x 4" strips of Gold Foil. I sponge daubered Polished Pink ink to the back of the Thanks Vellum. When dry, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere to the card front. Finished off with a gold braid bow and the provided sequins.

Card 5: Super simple. Used provided base and added tag like above but stamped in Polished Pink ink. Added sequins.

Card 6: On provided base, added a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and attached the vellum flowers. Wrapped both layers with the gold braid and raised up with dimensionals. Using a previous Paper Pumpkin stamp set, I stamped in Tuxedo Black ink on the included small tags. Raised those tags up with Mini Dimensionals. Added sequins to finish.

Card 7: On provided base, I added adhesive sheet to the back of the leaf vellum and attached to entire card front. Using Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia and Evening Evergreen inks, I sponge daubered on the back of the vellum to colorize the image. Let it dry. Using the provided glue dots, carefully placed them where they would show the least and attached to card front. Stamped provided tag in Polished Pink ink and raised with Dimensionals. Added provided sequins.

Card 8:  Repeated the card front vellum application. Added a scrap piece of Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper. Added the birthday tag and provided sequins. Fast and easy!

Card 9: Cased from Rachel Tessman
Using a Basic White card base and additional layer, I placed 3/4" x 3-3/4" strips in the pattern shown. I stamped the floral image on a scrap of Basic White cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink. Added a strip of the Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper so I could have some more gold accenting the card front. I added a small banner to the floral image strip just to fill it in more. I wrapped gold braid around the top strip layer three times and tied a bow. Then raised that layer up with dimensionals.  Finished the envelope with the floral image stamped in Fresh Freesia.

I hope these cards are an inspiration to you and help to show you the amount of value you can get from subscribing to Paper Pumpkin monthly. Use the link below to sign up.

Have a crafty day!

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Alcohol Ink Background Technique

The latest technique trend is the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (can't be a less %) and Stampin' Blends on Vellum cardstock. Have you tried it? I hadn't until recently and I'm sharing my creations with you today. One thing about this technique is you will never have the same result twice. Each card will be unique!

Here's how I did the process:
1. Color spots, blotches, dots with whatever color's of Stampin' Blends you think will look nice together on the vellum cardstock.

2. I filled a retired aqua painter in my collection with the alcohol, but Stampin' Up! currently sells Water Painters (set of 3 for $12). I would use the pointy medium tip. Squeeze some alcohol so the brush tip is kinda drippy.

3. Tap the aqua painter/water painter on your index finger and let the alcohol drops fall where they may on the vellum cardstock. Try not to have the drips start pooling up too much. The larger the pool of alcohol the larger the "bleeding/running" of the Blends ink on the vellum cardstock. (You can see the variety of sizes of my dots.)

4. Keep dripping alcohol until you are pleased with the look. If you want to try blowing the puddles around with a straw that may help with color coverage.

5. Take your heat tool and on the lowest setting, heat up the vellum to help speed the alcohol to dry/evaporate. The vellum cardstock will start to curl up. Don't panic yet!

Here's where you have some choices to make! What color cardstock are you going to mount your artwork on? My top two photos above the vellum is mounted to Basic White. The bottom photo it is mounted to Gold Foil. Interesting change in look don't you think?

The trick to getting your vellum to lie flat again is to use the Adhesive sheets. Cut your adhesive sheet so it will cover the vellum completely. I love the fact that the adhesive doesn't show a bit!

Now you have more decisions to make about how you want to make your card. My cards are simple to accent the color, but they are still gorgeous in my opinion. Let me know what you think in the comments!

I highly recommend you try this technique, you'll have a lot of fun!

Have a great day being creative!

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hand Penned and Foil Butterfly Card

Yesterday I shared my tent/top fold version of my original card design. Today is the side fold/vertical version. Now you have two designs to make or chose between. They both are stunning in my biased opinion. 

This card has a blank basic white liner to write your own message on.

Here's the Products I used that are available at my online store (click below).

Basic White and Pale Papaya cardstocks
Scalloped Contour Dies
Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder
Cut and Emboss Machine for Dies and Embossing Folder
Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper
Double Oval Punch
Champagne Foil
Butterfly Brilliance Bundle
Dragonfly Garden stamp set for greeting
Genial Gems for spine of butterfly

Today also happens to be FREE SHIPPING DAY with Stampin' Up! so you could save a minimum of $6.95 with a $50 qualifying order USD at my online store link below.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tent Style Hand Penned Card Idea

I am still so in love with the beautiful Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper, I thought I'd share another original card design with you today!  This tent style card is a good choice so it will stand easily on its own, but it reminds me of an easel that shows your "masterpiece" is on display!

I love how soft the color combinations are too!

Here's a peek at the card liner below.

Here's the Products I used that are available at my online store (click below).

So Saffron, Basic White, and Pale Papaya cardstocks
Scalloped Contour Dies
Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder
Cut and Emboss Machine for Dies and Embossing Folder
Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper
Double Oval Punch
Champagne Foil
Butterfly Brilliance Bundle
Dragonfly Garden stamp set for greeting
Genial Gems for spine of butterfly

If you haven't tried the Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper, you are missing out! It is one of the most beautiful papers Stampin' Up! has had in a very long time, in my opinion!

Happy Creating!

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Hand Penned Memories and More Card Idea

I love easy cards to make quickly. This layout definitely fills that need. Using the Hand Penned Memories and More Card Pack you can make gorgeous cards quickly!

The focal point on this card is just one Memories & More card that I die cut with the Scalloped Contour Dies. I love the cool result! Wrap with the Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon and tie a pretty bow, raise with dimensionals, and add several Genial Gems embellishments and you're all done!

Cutting an inner liner from Basic White and adding one of the stickers included in the card pack, you will be finished in no time!

Easy Peasy! You can order these items at my online store at the link below.
Pale Papaya and Basic White Cardstock
Hand Penned Memories and More Card Pack
Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon
Genial Gems

Have a lovely, creative day!

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Seashells Die Ocean Theme Card

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have amazing bodies of water in the Puget Sound, but it's not the Pacific Ocean which is what I'm familiar with growing up in Southern California. But I decided I couldn't resist this amazing combination of the Friends are like Seashells stamp set, the Seaside Shells Die, and the Seashell's 3D Embossing Folder after all. 

The card result is just so stunning when embossed on foil paper. I used the Oh So Ombre 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper from the first Sale-a-bration promotion at the start of this year to give that lovely Bermuda Bay aquatic feel on the Basic White card base. The Love You Always Foil Sheets, especially the Sahara Sand color just went so well in this design.  (Two step process: Emboss foil first, then use the die cut. It is easy to align the shells in the die due to already being embossed.) Use Mini Dimensionals raise up the embossed die cut.

This simple but stunning card is finished off with a 5/8" strip of Basic White with greeting stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  

I was inspired by a variety of demonstrators who hopped on the bandwagon with these products much earlier than I did.

I plan to experiment with other colors of foil I have in my collection so see what unique combinations I can come up with. I hope you have fun with this idea too!

The Friends are like Seashells Bundle is available in my online store by clicking the link below.

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Expressions in Ink Happy Birthday

Here's another beautiful card using the Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Biggest Wishes stamp set. 

I was inspired by Patty Bennett's design but changed up the design a bit by using a Pale Papaya card base and an additional layer of Magenta Madness behind the DSP. I used some very retired 1/8" gold ribbon, plus the new Scalloped Contour Dies for the Basic White layer. I have to say I'm not crazy about this specific die as I couldn't get the loose edges to lay down following the heat embossing of birthday. (I love all the rest of the dies in the set, however!) I also learned I needed to heat set the happy to dry the ink, so no specks of gold embossing powder would stick to the Magenta Madness ink accidentally. Oh well, live and learn. The card is embellished with 2021-23 InColor Jewels.

I hope this design inspires you to design a similar card to send out to your friends and family!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Hand-Penned Spanner Card

Spanner Card anyone? I had never seen one before Lisa's Stamp Studio shared their design online. I had to make one for myself. As always, I changed it up a bit using a different color of card base. The Misty Moonlight really goes well in this design I think. I also used a different pattern of the Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper (DSP).

In the closed position you really can't see the spanner part.

Still can't see it.

Now you get the idea. The piece of window sheet created the span between the two narrow side pieces, or one could say it "bridged the gap"!

The innermost layers.



·        Misty Moonlight cardstock, cut at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4”. Then measure from the outside edge of at 1-1/4” on each side. Using your paper trimmer, cut from the score line (crease) to the open edge for both sides.


·        Basic Black – cut 2 pieces 1-1/8” x 4-1/8”. 

·        DSP – cut 2 pieces 1” x 4”


·        Basic Black – cut 2-7/8” x 4-1/8” plus a 1” wide x 4” scrap for the scalloped edge.

·        DSP – 2-3/4” x 4”

·        Basic White Greeting strip – ¾” x 2-3/4”

·        Window Sheet (bridge) 1-1/4” x 5-1/4”


·        Basic White 4-1/2” x 5-3/8”

·        Basic Black – cut 2 pieces 1-1/8” x 4-1/8” 

·        DSP – cut 2 pieces 1” x 4”


·        Thick Basic White 2-3/4” x 3-1/4”

·        Stamp floral image from Hand-Penned Petals in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Using Pale Papaya and Mint Macaron ink stamp interior shading of flowers and leaves. Using Stampin’ Blends in Dark Mint Macaron and Light Calypso Coral hand color accent portions.


·        DSP – 2-3/8” X 6”


1.     Fold card on score line.

Inside of card

2.     Adhere Basic White to inside solid half of card base.

3.     Adhere each Polka Dot DSP strip to each Basic Black Strip.

4.     Adhere each Polka Dot/Black strip to each side of Basic White piece.

Moving to the two front side panels

5.     Adhere each Green Stripe DSP strip to each Basic Black Strip.

6.     Adhere Window Sheet strip to the front of the two side panels with small pieces of tear and tape, so bottom edge of window sheet is 1/16” from bottom of card front.

7.     Then adhere each Green Stripe/Black strip to each front side, so it encloses the window sheet.

Center Panel of Front

8.     Adhere floral DSP to Basic Black cardstock.

9.     Go die cut the scallop edge on strip of Basic Black. The strips are in a bag by the big shot.

10. On the narrow piece of Basic White – stamp “Anything is Possible” in Tuxedo Black about ¼” away from the left edge and close to the top edge about 1/16” down.

11. Glue stamped white strip with top edge at 1-1/4” away from bottom edge of center card base panel. It is supposed to fit on the DSP only.

12. Take Black Scalloped Border piece and adhere it just below “possible” so there is black cardstock hanging over both side edges. Trim to fit flush with side edge of black cardstock.

13. Adhere multi-layered center piece to card base center panel.

Floral Image

14.      Die cut out colored flower image with die cutting machine.

15.      Affix flower using 4 mini dimensionals, with 3 going to adhere to the green stripe right side panel and one mini dimensional on the lower leaf to the window sheet.


16.      Attach and trim DSP piece on Envelope Flap.

Please let me know in the comments, if there was anything unclear in my directions. I want them to be as accurate as possible.

Have fun making this card. It is gorgeous when you are all finished!

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