Thursday, May 11, 2017

April's Paper Pumpkin!

A third post for this month and it's only the 11th! Yeay!!

I took some time yesterday to make the cards in the latest Paper Pumpkin kit. WOW. This is my favorite kit. hands down! And it was super popular! The refill kit was sold out in FOUR HOURS. Yes, that means that if you missed this kit, you definitely missed out. However, read on for some tips on re-creating similar projects!

*and as a side note, this was absolutely not a 30 minute project box. This is a watercolored project, which obviously includes drying time. Life distractions included, it took me four shifts to complete all twelve cards. And that's another difference from the 30 minute kits- this one included 12 cards! I would also note that the only un-included supplies were me wanting thinner strips of black stripe DP. Everything you need is included!
First of all, LOOK how pretty!!!

Eight of the card designs included a pre-embossed piece of watercolor paper. The kit included four mini watercolor pencils, and a watercolor brush. For some, I just scribbled the pencil across the whole thing. For others, I just added color inside each section. And then the last four were free-handed watercoloring, which added a fun punch of color.
 The stamps use a great mixed font, and the little ink drips are a very cool touch.
If you do have this kit and haven't yet assembled it, you should know that the black stripe "DP" is actually a sticker. I used adhesive to attach more than one before making that realization. *grin
There are two shades of green leaf stickers, and then the 3D plastic flowers are a really fun addition to the black and white cards.
Honestly, the hardest part was choosing what greeting to use!! Seriously, that took a ridiculous amount of time, haha! 
Some cards have the striped Washi tape, some don't, and really that was because I "lost" it on my table and forgot all about adding it!
You can see how thick the 3D flowers are. I do think this means they can't just be stuck in the mail, so be aware of that.
I almost forgot to show the cute, coordinating envelopes!
And after making all 12 cards, I have this much left from this kit! Plenty of glue dots for future projects, a little DP, more than half that roll of Washi tape, watercolor pencils, brush, and as always the stamps and ink! For $19.95, that cannot be beat! 
So. How would I recreate these for later?
Start by ordering

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Pencils 
  • Archival Black ink 
  • a black Washi Tape
  • Basic Black card stock

We don't sell a watercolor brush, but we do have Aquapainters and Blender Pens! And that leaves you all set to do the freehand style!
If you want embossed images to color in, you'll want to order Clear Embossing Powder, a Versamark ink pad, and a Heat Tool and you can try any "line" stamp sets!
Need some suggestions?

  • Flower Shop
  • Marquee Messages 
  • Birthday Blooms
  • Vintage Leaves

Or just any time you could color in the stamped image! It's a fun, easy way to color in your images and make absolutely beautiful cards!

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