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Helloooooo stampers! I wanted to share this autumn birthday card I made using the stamps from the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit! I made this card for my mother who will be celebrating her birthday later this month. I love the way it came out and I can’t wait to get it in the mail.
To start, I stamped the maple leaves and oak leaves from the 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit in a wreath shape in the dead center of a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ sheet of watercolor paper. I punched a 2″ circle from a scrap and then used the Stampin’ Pierce tool to etch the diameter of the circle lightly into the card base to ensure my wreath wasn’t lopsided as I stamped.
For this project, I used Strathmore cold press watercolor paper because I love the texture.
What's the difference between cold-press and hot-press watercolor paper?Cold-press watercolor paper has a bumpy texture while hot-press watercolor paper is smooth. Additionally, the colors on cold-press watercolor paper will end up being slightly duller than the same colors on hot-press watercolor paper. Stampin’ Up! Watercolor paper is cold-press paper and works great for stamping.
After sorting out the wreath shape, I stamped the leaves in a variety of inks. Once I was satisfied with the layout, I used a Stampin’ Spritzer to add water to the card base. I spritzed 6-10 times, watching for the ink to bloom but being careful to not flood the paper with too much water.
To avoid the bloom spreading too far to the sides of the card, you can use a small circular object and place it in the center of the card to keep it flat while it dries.
Have you made alternate projects using the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit? Post your links below! I’d love to visit your blog and check out your work!
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