Stamp Review: Pick a Pumpkin

Homemade card and treat bag by Natalie Lapakko with Pick a Pumpkin and Bike Ride stamps from Stampin' Up!

Stamp Review: Pick a Pumpkin

Today the Stamp Review Crew brings you inspiration from all around the world, centered on the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set!

Handmade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pick a Pumpkin stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Dies from Stampin' Up! #stampinup #su! #handmade #cardmaking #papercrafting

Homemade card and treat bag by Natalie Lapakko with Pick a Pumpkin and Bike Ride stamps from Stampin' Up! #stampinup #su! #handmade #cardmaking #papercrafting

The Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and coordinating Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies has been, hands down, my favorite bundle for Halloween, Autumn, and Thanksgiving. I love how versatile they are, being useful for all the holidays of the season!

I’ve made a whole bunch of projects this month using this set and I’ve linked all the ones I’ve posted at the bottom of the page. PLUS the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set is subject of the Stamp Review Crew bonus hop today (since it is the 5th Monday of the month), so you can hop all around the world to see even more inspiration using this stamp set by some of the most talented designers I know.

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Starting Monday morning, you can also click the banner above to visit the Stamp Review Crew’s home page. There you will find a full list of the participating artists and their post links in case you get lost along the way.

Project 1 and 2

Homemade card and treat bag by Natalie Lapakko with Pick a Pumpkin and Bike Ride stamps from Stampin' Up!

Bike Ride and Pick a Pumpkin Card

I actually designed the treat bag first, then decided I wanted to make a card to go along with it. I used many of the same elements, but in slightly different sizes and shapes, plus I added a bicycle. Together they tell a little before and after story. First someone brought a pumpkin home on their bike, then they carved it into a cute jack-o-lantern!

  1. First, cut and score a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a Bermuda Bay panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a strip of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper 1″ (2.5 cm) wide. Adhere it across the entire card front and trim the ends to match the edges of the card.
  4. Die cut a large Whisper White oval using Layering Ovals Framelit Dies.
  5. Then, emboss the oval using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I turned mine at a slight angle, so the plank pattern is actually straight on the card even though the oval is tilted.
  6. Cut 2 short lengths of each of Burlap Ribbon and Bermuda Bay Stitched Satin Ribbon. Use dimensionals to adhere them to the back of the oval, so it looks like continuous pieces crossing behind the oval. (This saves a little ribbon, but if you’re not concerned about an extra couple inches, just use one continuous piece across the back.) Use additional dimensionals to adhere the oval to the card at a slight angle.
  7. Stamp a bicycle with Lemon Lime Twist and Smoky Slate ink using the Bike Ride stamp set, then cut out the pieces using Build a Bike Framelit Dies.
  8. Adhere the bike pieces together, then use dimensionals to attach them to the oval. Tilt the bike slightly to give it the illusion of movement!
  9. Stamp a Peekaboo Peach pumpkin from Pick a Pumpkin stamps onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut it out using Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies.
  10. Wrap the pumpkin in a piece of Linen Thread tied with a bow, then adhere the pumpkin to the rack on the back of the bicycle using two layers of dimensionals to bring it up to the same height as the bicycle. (Because the oval is also on dimensionals!)
  11. Add a Peekaboo Peach flower from 2017-2019 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes. Dip it into a small puddle of liquid glue to coat the back, then use that to adhere the shape.
  12. Die cut a Peekaboo Peach butterfly using a small die found in the Build a Bike Framelits. I didn’t even realize this cute little die was part of the set until I opened it up and started using it!

Note that I stamped the card pumpkin on Whisper White. The card looked more unified when the pumpkin matched the style of the bicycle, with white edges. That was more important than perfectly matching the pumpkin on the treat bag which was stamped on Peekaboo Peach cardstock.)

Homemade card and treat bag by Natalie Lapakko with Pick a Pumpkin and Bike Ride stamps from Stampin' Up!

Pick a Pumpkin Treat Bag

This treat bag is holding my favorite fall snack. The recipe is super easy, too. 1 part peanuts, 1 part candy corn. Stir. Eat. It tastes just like a Salted Nut Roll.

  1. First, put a half cup of your favorite treat mix into a 3″ by 6″ cellophane bag.
  2. Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock 3″ by 4″ (7.5 x 10 cm). On the long side, score and crease at 2″ (5 cm).
  3. Fold over the top of the treat bag with the Bermuda Bay cardstock over the top, holding it closed. Use a staple right in the middle to hold it in place.
  4. Cut a piece of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper into a strip 1″ wide by 7″ long. Wrap the strip around the Bermuda Bay layer and glue the overlapping ends. If you glue only the ends, this strip can slide off the treat bag.
  5. Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1-3/4″ by 2-3/4″ (4.4 x 6.9 cm). Emboss this piece with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  6. Cut short pieces of Burlap Ribbon and Bermuda Bay Stitched Satin Ribbon. Staple these at an angle in the center of the Whisper White embossed panel.
  7. Adhere the Whisper White panel to the striped strip so the paper can still slide up and down.
  8. Stamp a pumpkin from Pick a Pumpkin onto Peekaboo Peach carsdtock. Die cut it out using Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies.
  9. On the pumpkin, stamp a jack-o-lantern face using Elegant Eggplant ink.
  10. Adhere the pumpkin to the treat bag using dimentionals.
  11. Using the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies, cut a long leaf and two short leaves from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Fold the short leaves in half and adhere using liquid glue on the bottom half. Tuck the long leaf behind the pumpkin and adhere with liquid glue.
  12. Add a Gold Library Clip to the top. It isn’t actually serving any functional purpose other than looking darn cute up there.

Homemade card and treat bag by Natalie Lapakko with Pick a Pumpkin and Bike Ride stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials:

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Peekabook Peach, Elegant Eggplant, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Bike Ride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies, Build a Bike Framelit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Stitched Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, dimensionals, 2017-2019 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes, Gold Library Clip (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Handmade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pick a Pumpkin stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Dies from Stampin' Up!

Glossy Smooshing Background Technique

The background of this card uses Glossy Cardstock for a fun, faded effect. It’s basically the same as a Smooshing Technique, but with alcohol instead of water and glossy cardstock instead of watercolor paper.

  1. On a piece of clear plastic (ziploc bag, wax paper, etc…) add ink. You can rub an ink pad straight onto the plastic, color on it with markers, or add drops from ink refills.
  2. Spritz the piece of plastic with a spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Put glossy cardstock glossy side down onto the plastic and press it down, then remove. You can smoosh your paper multiple times to add more and more color.

The color will look very bright at first, but it gradually fades over the course of a couple hours. Heating the glossy cardstock with a heat tool will fade the color instantly to it’s final version.

The pumpkins and the background use the exact same ink colors on two different papers, which shows how much the colors fade on the glossy cardstock.

Handmade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pick a Pumpkin stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Dies from Stampin' Up!

Pick a Glossy Pumpkin Card

I normally write my instructions starting at the back of the card and working forward, but for this particular card it is necessary to go backwards.

  1. Set a folded baby wipe on a non-porous, easy-to-clean surface. Drip 3-4 drops each of Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangerine Tango in close proximity to each other onto the baby wipe.
  2. Stamp pumpkins from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock using the baby wipe ink pad you created in step 1. Discard the baby wipe when finished.
  3. Die cut out the pumpkins using Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies. Also cut out a large Whisper White outline pumpkin.
  4. From Fresh Fig cardstock, dies cut a star patterned pumpkin, a skinny leaf, and two different vine shapes. Dab these shapes partially onto a VersaMark ink pad, then sprinkle them with copper embossing powder.
  5. Tap off any excess powder, then use a clothes pin to hold the pieces, and heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  6. Die cut a square from Crumb Cake cardstock using Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.
  7. Cut and score a Fresh Fig cardbase.
  8. Then, cut a piece of Glossy cardstock 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  9. Arrange the pumpkins and square piece on the Glossy cardstock. Determine where stamped leaves should be placed, then remove the pieces. Stamp leaves from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set in VersaMark ink onto the glossy cardstock background and on the Crumb Cake square. Then emboss them with copper embossing powder.
  10. Use the Glossy Smooshing technique to add Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie ink to the glossy cardstock background. Let it dry.
  11. Meanwhile, stamp the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams onto a thin strip of vellum using VersaMark ink, then emboss with copper.
  12. Adhere the glossy cardstock background to the card base.
  13. Tie a Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon around the card and tie it in a bow.
  14. Arrange the pumpkins, square, and the sentiment once again. This time use dimensionals to adhere them in place. Tuck a piece of Copper Trim (stretched out a bit) behind one of the pumpkins.

Handmade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Pick a Pumpkin stamps and Patterned Pumpkin Dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials:

Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Glossy White, Crumb Cake, vellum (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, VesaMark (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Dragonfly Dreams (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: copper embossing powder, heat tool, Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon, Copper Trim, baby wipe, rubbing alcohol, spritzer (c) Stampin’ Up!

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9 thoughts on “Stamp Review: Pick a Pumpkin”

  1. Wow! The “rusty” Fig pumpkin is amazing with that background — must try that again with the alcohol. I love that fall snack mix, too, with the addition of M&Ms! The tag on that is adorable!

  2. Natalie – such great techniques! Love the glossy paper technique and I’ve never tried the baby wipe technique. They’re both on my radar now!

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