Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around AUTUMN. There is so much to love about the transition from summer to winter, and we are excited to share our autumn-themed projects with you! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
My autumn project is all about pumpkins! Does anything better represent autumn than a colorful patch of pumpkins? I used the Harvest Hellos Bundle, which includes the Harvest Hellos photopolymer stamp set and the Apple Builder punch. The set is adorable, and very versatile. There are stamps for back-to-school, welcome back, teacher appreciation, feel better soon, give thanks, you make me smile, and of course, “hey there, pumpkin!”. The punch coordinates with the stamp set to cut the apples, which can be used for the teacher, for autumn, for a get well card (an apple-a-day!), and it also cuts the pumpkin stamp for pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. And, guess what? It can also be used for peaches, nectarines, plums, etc. How cool is this set?!
To make this card, I used a few colors of ink and one color of cardstock in addition to white. Although my colors are fairly traditional, you can use colors of your choice. The card base is Thick Whisper White, then there is a layer of Pumpkin Pie, and a top layer of Whisper White.
In order to stamp multiple pumpkins without overlapping lines, I used what is called a mask technique. It has always looked fussy and complicated to me, but it is actually fun, and it helped me get the precise lines that I wanted. Here are the steps I followed:
- I selected the pumpkin stamp, and then stamped two pumpkins onto a Post-it Note, making sure to get at least some of the adhesive under the images to be able to temporarily adhere the cut-outs to my cardstock. The ink color was not important, but I used Soft Suede as it was one of the colors I used for the pumpkins, and it showed up well while I was stamping.
- I then cut out both pumpkins with the Apple Builder punch.
- I then stamped the pumpkin image onto the cardstock (the top layer for the card).
- After stamping, I placed the cut-out Post-it Note pumpkin over the image stamped on cardstock. Check out the ink smudges from the stamping!
- I then used both Post-it Note “masks” to cover the stamped pumpkins in order to stamp more pumpkins you can see in the image below where I had stamped on the mask.
- I used the stem stamp with Soft Suede ink to stamp the stems of the pumpkins. It was pretty easy to align the stem with the pumpkin and place the stem where I wanted it. stamped a pumpkin on
- To top off the stamped pumpkin patch I stamped a pumpkin in Soft Suede ink on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, then cut it out with the Apple Builder punch. I cut a stem for this pumpkin from a small scrap of Soft Suede carstock using the stem from the Apple Builder punch, and then adhered both the pumpkin and the stem to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- The sentiment, Hey There, Pumpkin! was stamped in Soft Suede, and I then glued all of the layers to build my card. Then I marveled (seriously!) at the crisp lines of the pumpkins, and how easy it was to use the mask technique. If you haven’t tried this, I recommend it.
I think the card is cute and simple. It would be a nice “thinking of you” to send or to receive. The Post-it Notes and some of the messiness of the ink are a little intimidating, but I assure you that the card was very easy to make.
Here are the Stampin’ Up! products I used to make this 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card. You can purchase the stamp set and the punch individually, or you can buy them as a bundle and save 10%. Click on any image to learn more about the product or to purchase in my online store.
Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
Linda K, The Stamp Coach
If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach …YOU ARE HERE!
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie