Hello Readers! I just want to preface this post with this: this post contains TONS of pictures!!! If you like pictures, sit back and enjoy!
For those that don't know, My Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit from Stampin' Up. Some months are a card kit, sometimes they are notecards, framed art, gift boxes, or bags. I really enjoy getting my kit each month. Everything you need to create the project is in the box, you add your own adhesive. If you are interested in the kit, check out more information from the links below. Keep in mind, when you sign up, your kit will start the following month.
I have to say, the April kit was one of my favorite's yet. I loved the style, playing with watercolored pencils, just overall a great kit!
This was the kit as it came to me. As you can see, there are 3 different card designs in this kit PLUS envelopes. It really is a stunning kit!
This kit included a free gift because it was the anniversary kit of when MPP started.
When I get my kit, I open it up and spread out all the pieces and start putting it together.
This was one of my finished cards. I liked the watercolored results best when I sprayed a little water on my craft mat, and dipped my watercolor pencil in the water and then colored the embossed image. This gave a darker color. But this can be whatever you like. I loved this kit and if you search around, you will see lots of finished cards from this kit. This kit inspired me. I make tons of backgrounds up at different times. It was time for me to pull those out and use them. Now this is where the TONS of pictures come into play!! Get ready!!!!
I have found the love of watercolor paints. This is the Kuretake Gansai Pearl watercolor paints. These are fun to play with. When I got them, I got out some watercolor paper and just played, not really knowing what I would use them for later. I'll show you in a bit.
I love the pearl watercolor, it is so pretty.
This is my best advice....just play!!!!
After I added the color, I sprinkled some water over the colors. I really liked how it blended the colors together.
I also played with the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders. I've shown these before with Glass Bead Glitter Gel but you can use them on paper as well. I sprinkled some powder out, and sprayed with water. Set aside to dry. I even colored on some scraps of watercolor paper I had saved. At the time, I had no idea what I would use them for.
As you can see, I had fun playing!!!!
This was a second generation of the one above it, my just placing another piece of watercolor paper on top and pressing, then slowly lifting it off. I liked the muted effect it gave.
Here I used some of the color and used a splatter brush.
I got my backgrounds off the shelf and decided to create some more cards, keeping with the "style" of the April MPP kit and using some of my backgrounds up.
I had leftover flowers left from the kit, so I used them on some of my cards. I liked the cards in the kit, but I only wanted one flower on my kit cards, this left extras.
Another great thing you can do with the kits, is step them up. I like to heat emboss anything and everything I can! So I heat embossed the sentiments. I don't like black embossing powder, so I always stamp in black ink, and heat emboss clear embossing powder over black ink. Black embossing powder makes to much of a mess and one speck of stray black embossing powder on my project bothers me. I get the best results using this method.
Here are some more cards that I made using other MPP stamps that I have saved and my backgrounds. This was a great way to use those MPP stamps. I was also had leftover washi tape from the kit left. I used some scraps of designer series paper I had to add some patterned paper to the card. For this card, I used some Inktense watercolor pencils.
For this card, I used the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.
I used the Ken Oliver color bursts for this card.
This card uses the Stampin' Up watercolor pencils to create the background.
This was not a MPP stamp but a Unity stamp. I've had this for awhile and thought it was a fun card!
This is another Unity stamp I had. Since both my son and I drive jeeps.....this was a no brainer for me! I loved this!!
Here is an example of using some of the strips of watercolor paper to create some cards. The background was done with the Ken Oliver Color Burst and the stamp is from a previous MPP kit.
This is using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.
As you can see, this is my stack of cards that I have created using the inspiration from the April MPP kit. I still have MORE backgrounds and more stamps to use, so I'll be sure to show you more again soon.
And don't forget if you make cards with a black base, I like to include a white panel on the inside of the card to write on.
Using Ken Oliver Color Bursts:
The next two are Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.
This is one that I just finished, I LOVE this stamp. It is from Unity again. So cute!!!
I can't wait to create more cards like this! I love using up those backgrounds that I made, and digging out some stamps and inking them up! I will share my organization for the My Paper Pumpkin stamps soon.
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