Looking at Pumpkins Differently

Harvest card by Natalie Lapakko features Irresistibly Floral and Halloween Night DSP.

A Different View of Pumpkins

When you have a toddler, you see the world through their eyes – and that world looks a little different sometimes. It’s fresh and new and exciting.

This weekend our family went to the grocery store and they had a new display of pumpkins sitting outside the store on some bales of hay. Everyone else walked right past these pumpkins like they didn’t even exist. Not our son, and therefore, not me either.

“You better go on ahead without us,” I warned my husband. “We’ll catch up.”

That last part was not true. We spent the entire time he was shopping looking at pumpkins, feeling the bumps, examining the stems, checking out the dirt spots they sat on while they grew, peeling off the price stickers and sticking them back on again, testing their weight, and climbing up hay bales when forbidden to climb on the pumpkins. We learned that pumpkins are not only orange, but some are pink, blue-gray, and peach and white striped. Some are also completely covered in tiny bumps!

I actually learned a thing or two.

For this card, I tried to look at pumpkins differently. I normally would only use them for Halloween. I tried to give this card more of a harvest twist instead.

Challenge Inspired

This card was inspired by Paper Players Challenge #313!


I have to admit, I have never eaten a pumpkin before. At least not one that I had previously witnessed being a pumpkin. I have eaten bars that were probably made from a canned substance that was once a pumpkin in some former life, but that hardly counts. Now that I’m looking at pumpkins differently, I might have to try actually turning one of these things into food of some kind. And if that fails, there is always the canned stuff!

Irresistibly Floral DSP and Halloween Night DSP combine in a harvest card neither floral or halloween-y. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Tips to Make Pumpkins NOT for Halloween

  • Avoid black. I normally love adding thin black outlines to highlight my card panels. I tried it for this card, but having orange and black together SCREAMS Halloween. It’s just one of those color combinations that is so tied to a certain holiday that it is pretty much useless the rest of the year. (I also have a hard time using green and red and not having it look like Christmas.)
  • Lighten up the orange. I sponged Pumpkin Pie ink onto this Irresistibly Floral background, stopping before the color reached its full strength. I also blended it with So Saffron, a very light yellow. This coordinated well with the watercolor look from the pumpkins on the Halloween Night DSP, but also lightened up the look of the entire card. This makes it look like cheerful daytime colors, rather than the bold dark colors of actual Halloween night.
  • Choose embellishments wisely. I used a doily, which is soft and pretty and reminds my of my grandma who had a doily on the back of every chair: pretty much the exact opposite of Halloween. I added a bit of Pumpkin Pie ink to my doily to help it coordinate with the rest of the card (and because sponging doilies is fun). My second embellishment was a piece of twine I pulled off the edge of a piece of burlap ribbon; it gets a cool wavy texture that way. Burlap definitely adds to the harvest theme. It reminds me of the hay bales we climbed on at the grocery store (and at a long ago farm from my own childhood).
  • Use Designer Series Papers creatively.  Look at those papers in a different way! Can you cut out a little piece of it to make an embellishment, like I did with these pumpkins? Halloween Night DSP is very Halloween-y, as you could probably infer from the name. With just a little creative trimming, I had harvest pumpkins instead.

This harvest card by Natalie Lapakko, features pumpkins fussy cut from Halloween Night DSP with an Irresistibly Floral DSP background.

Non-Halloween Pumpkin Colors

Pumpkin Pie is an obvious choice for pumpkin colors. I left it light and blended it with So Saffron for a bright and cheerful look. That, combined with a lack of black, makes for a nice harvest color scheme that is not at all Halloween-like.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Halloween Night Designer Series Paper, Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circle dies, doily, burlap ribbon, dimensionals

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