November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative

I just have to say, I think this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up!® may be my absolute favorite since I signed up for Paper Pumpkin about a year ago. The notecard design in the kit is absolutely adorable! If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s what they look like:

Paper Pumpkin November 2016

Most months, I end up coming up with alternative ideas using the supplies in the kit. This month was different though. I loved the kit design so much I didn’t want to give up any of the supplies ot make other things. Instead, I decided to focus on just using the included stamp set and Stampin’ Spot inks to come up with an alternate project idea. Here’s one of the designs I created:

Mel's Card Corner | November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative

I started by creating an A2 top-folding card base from Whisper White cardstock. I ran it through my Big Shot using the Softly Falling embossing folder to create the snowy background and give my card some texture.

While I had the Big Shot out, I cut a square of Whisper White using the next to large square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I also cut the next size up scalloped square from the same die set using Dapper Denim cardstock to create a mat.

I used some sticky notes to mask off the edges of my square beyond the stitched detail because I wanted to keep those white. I used the inks included in the kit (Pear Pizzazz and Dapper Denim) to stamp my scene. I did some stamping off on the trees to create varying intensity of color to give the illusion of depth. I used a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker to fill in the windows of my little house then went over the entire house with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Mel's Card Corner | November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative

I also used Stampin’ Write markers for my sentiment because I wanted to use multiple colors in my sentiment. I started by inking up the pine bough using the Pear Pizzazz marker, then inked up the words using the Dapper Denim marker. To ensure I had good coverage, I stamped the sentiment using my Mini Misti stamp positioner. This allowed me to reink the sentiment and double stamp it.

Even though it’s a pine bough rather than holly, I used a Cherry Cobbler marker to add a few little berries to the sentiment. I just thought a bit a red provided a much needed pop of color. I also used a Smoky Slate marker to add a bit of smoke rising from the chimney of the little house.

Mel's Card Corner | November 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative

To complete my stamping, I added one of the other sentiments included in the set on the inside of the card using Dapper Denim. To help tie the inside of the card even more to the front, I also added the small tree image from the stamp set in the lower right corner using Pear Pizzazz. To keep the look very subtle, I stamped off once first.

To assemble my card, I adhered my white scene square to the Dapper Denim scalloped square using liquid glue. I wrapped a piece of Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon around my card about 1/3rd of the way up, finishing it off with a simple knot. I adhered my matted square over the ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals and that finished my card.

I’m entering this card in the following challenge:

Until next time …

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  1. Joyce Spear says:

    I totally agree, Mel – this was the best Paper Pumpkin to date! I struggled to decide if I wanted to make the cards as designed, or if I wanted to Joycify them, and ended up following Stampin’ Up!’s design. I’ve been pondering on what to make with just the stamps, though, so I was so excited to see your card today! I hope you’ll be sharing even more ideas for this set!

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