Sweet Sunflowers – Paper Pumpkin Alternatives!

Four quick and easy alternative cards featuring the Sweet Sunflowers Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which feature’s alternative card inspiration from the August’s Paper Pumpkin Kit, Sweet Sunflowers! Luckily my kit arrived a few days before I left on vacation, so I was able to at least sneak a quick look at this highly anticipated Paper Pumpkin Kit! Our vacation was going to be very low key, which is a good thing because Nana (me) was a little behind and had to bring along some card making supplies so I could finish up my granddaughter’s birthday box and ship it off to her in time for her 10th birthday! Since I had to bring those supplies, I figured why not throw in some coordinating supplies for the Sweet Sunflowers kit! After looking at the coordinating colors on the back of the instruction pamphlet, I grabbed ink spots, ink pads, cardstock, embellishments, Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and Sunflowers Dies, embossing folders for the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine, and ribbons that I thought I might use, along with the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine, not even knowing if I would have a chance to play with this kit! Fortunately, I was able to sit down for a couple of hours on two different mornings and have a little crafting fun. Sure, I could have foregone all the additional supplies and just used what was in the kit, but making alternative crafts is my favorite part of the Paper Pumpkin Kits!

For my first set of alternative cards, I used this card base that I first cut in half along the score line and then cut down into two 4” x 5 ¼” base layers.

For the first card:

1. Use a 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” Blackberry Bliss cardstock card base.

2. Adhere the 4” x 5 ¼” base layer to the card front.

3. Use liquid glue to adhere the laser-cut flower/honeycomb piece over the base layer.

4. Use Basic Black Baker’s Twine to wrap around your four fingers three times, twist into a figure 8, and use adhesive to adhere to the laser-cut paper.

5. Stamp the sentiment from the kit in Blackberry Bliss ink on the laser-cut label, place a small black Classic Matte Dot on each end of the label as shown, and use mini dimensionals to adhere the laser-cut label over the baker’s twine.

6. Cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock for the inside, stamp the sunflower stamp from the kit in Crushed Curry ink, the center in Soft Suede ink, and use a blender pen to “pull” the ink and color in each stamped image.

For the second card:

1. Use a 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” Mossy Meadow cardstock card base.

2. Adhere the 4” x 5 ¼” base layer to the card front.

3. Adhere a 2 ¼” piece of the Frayed Ribbon to the base layer as shown.

4. Use one of the Blackberry Bliss laser-cut strips, using snips to flag the end, and adhere over the ribbon.

5. Stamp the sentiment from the kit in Mossy Meadow ink on the laser-cut label to adhere over the above two pieces.

6. Add Wink of Stella to the Melon Mambo and Blackberry Bliss flowers on the card front.

7. Stamp the bumblebee three times in Memento ink and color in the bodies with Crushed Curry ink and a Blender Pen.

8. Cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock for the inside, stamp the sentiment from the kit in Mossy Meadow ink, stamp and color the bumblebee’s the same as the card front, and use the branch stamp from the kit to stamp in the two bottom corners in Evening Evergreen ink, first, second, and third generation stamping (basically three times in a row without inking again).

For my second set of alternative cards, I used the green card base that I cut in half at the score line and then cut down into two 4” x 5 ¼” base layers.

For the first card:

1. Use a 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼” Thick Basic White cardstock card base.

2. Use the branch stamp with Mossy Meadow ink to stamp directly onto the 4” x 5 ¼” base layer and then adhere the base layer to the card front.

3. Use the two flower accent dies from the Sunflower Dies to die cut two Blackberry Bliss, two Mossy Meadow, and one Crushed Curry cardstock pieces, adhere those to the base layer as shown.

4. Stamp the sunflower and center stamps from the kit on the laser-cut sunflower outline in Crushed Curry and Soft Suede inks, using a blender pen on the inks to color in a little bit more, and add Wink of Stella around the middle of the stamped images. Place one of the vellum laser-cut honeycombs over the die-cut accents pieces so that part of vellum honeycomb is sticking out, and use mini dimensionals to adhere the sunflower over top, which will also adhere the vellum honeycomb.

5. Adhere one of the Blackberry Bliss laser-cut strips to the base layer as shown.

6. Stamp the sentiment from the kit in Blackberry Bliss ink on the laser-cut label, place one small Rustic Metallic Dot on each end of the sentiment as shown, and adhere over the Blackberry Bliss strip.

7. Use a glue dot to adhere the Bumblebee Trinket or you can use a Brass Butterfly as a substitute.

8. Cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock for the inside, stamp the sentiment from the kit in Blackberry Bliss ink, and stamp the bumblebee from the kit in Crushed Curry ink.

For the second card:

1. Use a 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼” Crushed Curry cardstock card base.

2. Adhere the 4” x 5 ¼” base layer to the card front.

3. Use liquid glue to adhere the Gold Foil Honeycomb over the base layer. FYI-these were a free gift with the kit this month.

4. Use some of the gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim to tie into a faux bow, using a glue dot to adhere.

5. Stamp the sentiment from the kit in Mossy Meadow ink on Thick Basic White cardstock and use the smallest label die from Stylish Shapes to die-cut out, and adhere over the gold trim with mini dimensionals.

6. Adhere one of the laser-cut flowers to the gold honeycomb foil.

7. Using the detail leaf die from the Sunflowers Dies, die-cut two from Mossy Meadow cardstock.

8. Stamp the sunflower on the laser-cut outline in Crushed Curry and Soft Suede inks, using a blender pen to color in, adhere the two die-cut leaves behind the sunflower, and then adhere over the laser-cut flowers as shown.

9. Use three of the laser-cut bumblebees with glue dots to adhere to the card front as shown.

10. Cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock for the inside, stamp the sentiment from the kit in Mossy Meadow ink, stamp the sunflower in the bottom corner twice (without inking again) in Crushed Curry ink, using a blender pen to color in, stamp the two different bumblebees in Memento ink, color in with Crushed Curry ink and a blender pen, as shown:

How fun are these alternative cards?? Even though the kit came with nine coordinating envelopes (the kit makes nine cards), I will not be cutting up these stunning envelopes for more cards! Pretty cards definitely deserve pretty envelopes, right?? Now it’s time to create more alternatives with this wonderful kit, so be sure to check those out in my next blog post!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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