Wednesday, June 7, 2023

CUT IT UP To Create A Focal Area - Alternative Cards Ideas with the May 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit Exploring In Color - Stampin' Up!

Welcome to Paper Pumpkin Week here at Creative Chelsey. I love getting my Paper Pumpkin Kit every month and creating fun alternative projects using the supplies in the kit. Today I am sharing my second alternative idea using the May 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit called Exploring In Color.

This fun outdoor themed kit creates 9 handmade cards. There are enough supplies to make three of each card. What I like to do is use the supplies in the kit along with some other products and create different or alternative projects. Today I am sharing with you two simple card ideas that use the full front or back of a cardbase. These cards cut up the landscape images to give focus to certain areas with simple white borders.

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———————— What You Need ————————

Thick Basic White Cardbase – (2) 5 ½” x 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼”

Bison Cardbase – Front

Lake Cardbase – Back

Greeting Labels – Kit

Basic White Cardstock – 4” x 5 ¼” & one piece to fit ¼” larger than cut out

Linen Thread – 8” & 12”

Copper Clay Ink Spot

Mossy Meadow Cardstock – 1 ¾” x 2”


———————— My Favorite Supplies ————————

• Stampin' Seal+ [149699] $12.00 ——

• Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00 ——

• Tear & Tape Adhesive [138995] $7.00 ——

• Stampin' Dimensionals [104430] $4.25 ——

• Mini Glue Dots [103683] $5.25 ——

• Stampin' Pierce Mat [126199] $5.00 ——

• Simply Shammy [147042] $8.50 ——

• Paper Snips [103579] $11.00 ——

• Take Your Pick [144107] $10.00 ——

• Bone Folder [102300] $7.00 ——

• Clear Block D [118485] $9.00 ——

• Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 ——

• Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine [149653] $125.00 ——


Card #1

1- Cut one of the cardbases from the kit in half at 4-1/4”. On the front side trim off 5/8” from the top then 1/2” from the right.

2- From the larger piece cut a 5/8” strip from the top and bottom. Layer these three pieces on the 4” x 5-1/4” Basic White piece. Place them so there is a small gap between the strips and about 1/8” border.

3- Add this piece to the cardbase with dimensionals.

4- From the top sky piece, cut a fish tail banner on the right side. Trim the left side to the length you want. Add it to the bottom of the center section with dimensionals.

5- Cut 8” of Linen Thread and fold in half, adhere to the top of the sky strip.

6- Stamp your greeting on a label from the kit, Add over the sky strip.

All Done!


Card #2

1- Cut the landscape paper down to 4” x 5 ¼”.

2- Choose a focal area. It can be large or small but should be no closer than ¼” from the edge of the paper. Cut out the focal area with your paper trimmer. Keep the background in tact. See video below for technique.

3- Cut a piece of Basic White Cardstock ¼” larger than the focal area you cut out. Layer the white piece behind the focal area.

4- Add the background piece to the center of the cardbase.

5- If you want to cut out extra design from an envelope you can add it to the background piece. I added the copper clay envelope at the bottom.

6- Add the focal area back over the opening with dimensionals.

7- Stamp your greeting on one of the labels from the kit in Copper Clay. Create a banner from the Mossy Meadow cardstock. Add the banner behind the greeting.

8- Wrap 12” of Linen Thread around the top or bottom of the banner, tie a bow. Add near the top of the focal point with dimensionals.

All Done!


I have also created a video walking you through each step:

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Have a creative day!


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