Hope Box Paper Pumpkin

As promised on my Friday Facebook Live here are the Paper Pumpkin cards from the August Hope Box Paper Pumpkin kit. The first three are cards created using the directions from the kit.

These cards are beautiful just the way they were designed BUT, being a creative person, I like to put my own spin on the cards to make them more personal. Also, I like to think of ways that I can use the stamp set once the kit parts have been used.

This card uses the gorgeous butterfly die cut as a mask. Flip it upside down onto a piece of white cardstock. Sponge VersaMark ink all over the mask. Set the mask aside and let dry, it can then be used as a card decoration again. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the wet VersaMark ink and heat emboss. Use a Blending Brush and rub ink onto the paper. The ink will fill in the areas where the mask was. I used Rich Razzleberry and Pale Papaya on this one. The greeting is stamped on a piece of the Shimmer Vellum. The bit of ribbon is from the Hope Box Kit.

Here is what I did with the die cut that I used for the mask. The card base is Just Jade and the Basic Black layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″. The birthday greeting is from the In Your Words Sale-a-bration Hostess set. It is on a 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ piece of Flirty Flamingo paper. The sequins from the Hope Box set this off perfectly!

To create a card similar to the kit card, start with a Polished Pink (or similar color) card base. Stamp the little spots stamp all over the card front using VersaMark ink. Cut 4 strips of bright designer paper (this is from the Pattern Party Hostess Reward in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog). Flag the ends with a tag punch or paper snips. Use one of the extra circle labels from the kit, to make the greeting say Just a note, use scotch tape and tape over the the words ‘of hope’ ink up the stamp, remove the tape and stamp onto the label. Add the butterfly. Apply a few of the left over sequins.

For this card, I used the white layer from the card with the banners and stamped on it with the butterflies and flowers using Polished Pink and Blackberry Bliss. The miracles happen greeting was added using the same masking (taping off) technique as on the previous card.

The final card uses the large butterfly that was meant to be used to decorate the Hope Box. I’ve decided to go a different direction with the decorations so used it for a pretty card instead. First, I used a Blender Brush with Rich Razzleberry in an x pattern across the card front to give some color under the butterfly. This is similar to the coloring done on the kit card for the large die cut. Next, I used one of the non-English labels and cut a piece of Mint Macaron 1″ x2 1/4″, stamped the Hope greeting on it and popped it up with dimensionals, placing it over the non-English word. I really liked the labels but didn’t care to use the words in other languages.

I hope that these cards have given you some inspiration to stretch your creative wings and get inky! The September Paper Pumpkin kit looks to be Spooky Fun with 12 treat boxes—4 each of 3 designs. You can take your pick of apple, pumpkins, or jack-o-lantern treat boxes! Plus, the Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow for you to display your harvest! I’m sure that there will be lots of fun alternatives popping up on Pinterst for this next kit. Some crafters only like to make cards and it’s always a fun challenge to turn the treat boxes into cards. I have grandkids who love treat boxes so I’ll probably be making the treat boxes!

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