Have you seen this month's Paper Pumpkin kit? It's a beauty! Lots of watercolored flowers in gorgeous colors and some great sentiments.
As always, I'm bringing you some alternative ideas that I think are some of my favorites this year. I would have posted them sooner but I recently took another trip to New York to visit the Downton Abbey Exhibition. Yes, this is my second time seeing the exhibition, that will be leaving in about 4-5 days but I enjoyed it just as much. Actually, I enjoyed it even more because the crowds had died down so you had more time to enjoy individual pieces. Aren't I the spitting image of Lady Grantham?
But I digress . . . back to what you really came here for - Paper Pumpkin!
I loved the flowers so much in this kit that I wanted to feature them even more so I fussy cut around individual and groups of flowers on one card and layered them on another.
I added a bit of additional sponging to the large flower in Blackberry Bliss, as well as Old Olive on the leaves and Daffodil Delight on the butterfly. It hid some of the white left behind by cutting. I used a stylus to roll the petals and butterfly wings so they'd curl up a bit. I added a few of the vellum leaves for even more texture.
I also think the stamped flowers on the edges of the die cut sentiment makes it look like an enclosure card has been tucked away in a flower arrangement.
I know many of you may not enjoy fussy cutting but when you don't have a die or punch to do the job, sometimes it really is worth it!
For this card I did more fussy cutting. (Yes, I know!) You could just cut a straight strip from the front of one of the cards but I liked the idea of featuring the extra detail in the leaves and flowers.
You can hardly notice it but I stamped some of the little starburst images from the kit in Blackberry Bliss on the background. It's not super visible but I think without it the background would have been totally flat.
For this card I pulled out a piece of the gingham tissue I had left over from the July Paper Pumpkin kit, cut it into a 3" x 4" piece and attached it for an extra layer. I always see florals and geometric prints pulled together in decorating so why not on a card? I think it creates a really fresh look here.
This time I added some stamps and a sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in addition to Gold Metallic Pearls. The center medallions were cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and the Layering Ovals Dies.
There have been lots brightly colored dragonflies buzzing around my yard in the last week so that was sort of the inspiration here.
I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and some Stampin' Blends to create this beauty. If you click on the image to the left you'll see I've added some Wink of Stella to create the look of translucent wings on the real dragonflies.
I also added a double layer of Stampin' Dimensionals to the inner most wings and a single layer to the outer wings and tail. This gives the middle of the body a bit more height making it look like those wings could actually be beating.
And as those of you who may follow my blog know, I try to create a 3-D item with the kit if it doesn't already include one. The flowers in the center of one of the cards were calling to be made into a box.
Click HERE to download the pdf instruction sheet. I've also put together a quick video.
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