Today I’m taking part in the monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop. This month it’s all about the August kit called Hope Box.
For my first project I wanted to create something that was pretty clean and simple. The result was this “Hope” card.
I began with the pink splattered card base and 12″ of the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss 1″ ribbon from the kit.
I wrapped the ribbon around the card front and secured the ends on the front in the centre using Tear & Tape Adhesive,
Next using the Blackberry Bliss ink spot included in the kit I stamped “HOPE” onto one of the circle labels. I then added a little extra decoration to the sentiment piece using the included sequins.
At this point I decided that there needed to be something between the ribbon and sentiment. In the Encircled in Beauty Dies I found one with a solid centre area that the sentiment fitted into perfectly. So I used it to cut out some Vellum Cardstock from my stash. Then using Tear & Tape Adhesive in the centre I attached the die-cut vellum to the ribbon.
Finally I finished off the front of the card by adding the sentiment to the centre of the vellum with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
MORE PINK SPLATTER
The kit already came with decorated envelopes so I just had to decorate the inside of this card.
I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and covered all but a 3/4″ strip down one long edge. Then I used a Blending Brush to colour the visible strip with Melon Mambo ink. Once that was done I used the splatter stamp from the kit to stamp Melon Mambo ink over the inked area.
Finally I fixed the decorated layer inside the card base with liquid glue and my first project was complete.
I love the uncluttered look of this card design. What’s more, the sentiment hid the adhesive holding the vellum in place as well as the join in the ribbon. Result!
As soon as I saw the contents of the Hope Box kit I knew it would work beautifully with the Angels Of Peace Stamp Set. I’ve already created some alternate samples using this combination but I couldn’t resist making just one more.
For this project I started with the larger angel image and a Basic Gray ink pad.
After inking up the angel I stamped-off onto scrap paper to remove a little of the ink. Then I stamped her on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope, coming in from the left-hand edge.
Next, using the same stamping-off technique, I stamped the angel onto a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card, once again coming in from the left-hand side. Then with liquid glue I fixed this layer inside a pink splattered card base from the kit.
Now I was ready to work on the front of the card with one final angel image. This time I stamped her onto a 2-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Basic White Card using Basic Gray ink at full strength. Then around the edge of the piece I used a Blending Brush to add a soft layer of Petal Pink ink.
Next, taking a barely damp Water Painter I coloured in the angel using Blackberry Bliss and Bumblebee ink from my ink pads. Because the Basic Gray ink isn’t waterproof I had to be careful not to use too much water or risk smudging the stamped lines.
For the angel wings I added a subtle sheen by ‘painting’ them using a Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Bush.
HOPE AND MIRACLES
With the colouring finished I turned to the exclusive Hope Box photopolymer stamp set included in the kit. I chose “Where there is faith, miracles happen” and stamped it above the angel using the same Basic Gray ink.
To add a little more bling I scattered some self-adhesive sequins from the kit around the angel.
Once the ‘painting’ was done and dry I used liquid glue to mount it onto a 3″ x 5″ layer of Blackberry Bliss Card. Then I added the assembled piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my final alternate project for the Hope Box kit was complete.
I’ve had a lot of fun creating projects using the Hope Box kit and I have a feeling there’s more to come. That’s the beauty of Paper Pumpkin, you can follow the instructions or be inspired to create something different. It’s why I get the kit every month, that, plus the fact that Stampin’ Up! offer a ‘satisfaction guarantee’ with every Paper Pumpkin kit.
The September kit is called Haunts & Harvest and designed for those of you who love fall and/or Halloween. The kit will include everything you need to create 12 treat boxes, and the pieces are reversible. This means if you don’t ‘do’ Halloween you can still use the kit to make autumn-themed treat boxes. I can already imagine them gracing a Thanksgiving table. What’s even better is the the box the kit arrives in has been printed on the inside. Cut out the various pieces and the box turns into a cute rustic wheelbarrow for a fun display.
To get the Haunts & Harvest kit simply subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by September 10th. Then shortly after the cut-off your credit card will be charged and the kit shipped to you. Stocks may be limited towards the end of the period so you might prefer to subscribe now to make sure you won’t miss out.
One of the perks of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber is being able to buy past Paper Pumpkin kits and refill kits. So if you missed out on the Hope Box you still have time to get the refill kit. The Hope Box Refill Kit is cheaper than the original kit BUT that’s because it only contains the pieces to make the cards, so no stamp set, no ink spot and no ribbon.
MORE HOPE BOX PROJECTS
Now for even more alternate projects using the Hope Box kit, make sure you visit the rest of today’s blog hop contributors.
And last, but not least, if you missed my other alternate project ideas check these out:
Here are links to all the Stampin’ Up! products not included in the kit that I used to create my Hope Box alternate projects.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Encircled in Beauty Dies (with the Encircled in Friendship Stamp Set – not used today) using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.