A Little Smile Alternatives | June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

I love the idea inspired by the June Paper Pumpkin kit to carry around small cards with me everywhere to hand out when the opportunity arises. I know tiny cards aren’t for everyone though, so for this month’s alternatives I used the supplies from the kit as well as some additional ink, cardstock and adhesives to create 5 full-size cards. This kit is packed, so I’m sure you could get many, many cards out of what came inside.


Last month I was inspired by the beautiful tissue paper in the kit, and this month when I saw the tissue paper, I thought: water! I used a very similar technique but worked with the folds and creases of the tissue paper to create a ripple effect. I used the stamp that came in the kit along with some Versa Mark ink to make a subtle watery background.


I was fascinated with these little vellum circles. Of course, I had to play around with using them as a stencil. I think sponge daubers would work well, but I actually liked the effect that my finger offered better. I used torn pieces of tissue paper that came in the kit around the edges. This would be a really fun effect to do on a night scene using one of these as the moon or a planet.


I think this is my favorite card from this batch. It’s pretty simple, but sometimes simple is even better. The only problem is that with simple cards, having things straight is more important. It can be a bigger challenge to hide mistakes. For this card, I used washi tape and my grid paper to help me keep my lines nice and straight and my stamping even.


I really wanted to use one of the wood grain sentiment strips to make a sign.  That’s where this whole card started out. As I looked at the elements that came in the kit, this scene was born. I often like the look of taking one image and breaking it up into two to four continuous panels, so I thought I would use the same basic idea to extend a scene made for a mini card to a full panel on a standard sized card.


Does anyone else enjoy making their own DSP? I think it’s a lot of fun. These solid stamps make it so easy to do. This card could be made with any color. Keep it monochromatic or go for a rainbow of colors. You could use a bigger sentiment or stamped image in the middle if you’d like as well. I feel like this card really gives me all kinds of beach and summer vibes.

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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2 thoughts on “A Little Smile Alternatives | June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

  1. I enjoyed your video and beautiful cards which I CASED. I also love the idea behind spreading paper sunshine and having it readily at hand. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! I was so glad this kit was about spreading small little bits of sunshine around in our every day lives – such a great reminder and inspiration! Thank you for all you do to share smiles with others!! 😀

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