Hugs From Shelli Alternatives | May 2019 Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

As I shared in my Paper Pumpkin unboxing this month, I totally love this kit. Because of that, it was difficult for me to sacrifice some of the cards for alternatives, but I’m so glad I did. I think in general, that’s been my biggest take home this past month. Don’t be afraid to try new things, add more layers, and just keep going.


When I opened the kit, I was immediately inspired by the beautiful tissue paper. I knew I had to turn it into a card. By stamping directly on the tissue paper, then crinkling it up and adding it to a panel, I got this really fun look. I went a bit farther than I normally would and stamped some flowers peeking out of the top and bottom opposing corners.

Looking at this card now, I wonder how it would look with various colors of card stock behind the tissue paper. I guess I’ll have to try it out!


I know it’s not typical, but something about this stamp screamed rainbow to me. I just couldn’t get the image out of my mind, so I stamped it. I love how the Stamparatus helped me to get nice, straight images, but you could totally do this with just a block.


I was sad I couldn’t fit my Gorgeous Grape feather on the front, but in the end, I think it turned out better that way, and I was happy to add it as an extra surprise on the inside of my card.


This card was the most time-consuming one. However, I found the coloring to be incredibly relaxing. I used my watercolor pencils to color the nest from one of the card bases included in the kit. I decided to cut out the focal image and use it as a belly band on a gatefold card.




I added some additional stamping on the inside of my Pretty Peacock base along with some extra panels for more room to write a message. I normally wouldn’t have added ribbon behind the nest on the belly band, but in the spirit of adding more layers, I went for it, and I’m glad I did.


The envelopes in the kit were much like the tissue paper. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to make something. I used the borders on the tag in the center of the card as a point of inspiration and added the Crumb Cake layer. I then added it all to a Very Vanilla card base and topped it off with some twine from the kit.


My last card was also very simple. This is a layout I modify and use quite often. I simply made a few cuts on this blue notecard included in the kit, added some ribbon and a few flowers and stamped my sentiment. It’s simple but it totally works.

I’d love to know which card is your favorite. I’d also love to see the projects you made with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit! Share them with me in the comments below, or sent me an e-mail.

If you like these cards, but missed out on this Paper Pumpkin box, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming tutorial with projects inspired by the cards from this kit.

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