Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Yesterday afternoon, when I stepped outside to walk to my daughter's school, it really hit me that it's fall. While it's been "hot" here, the sun was lower in the sky and it reminded me how quickly the days are shortening. Yikes! I love fall, though, and I'm excited for Halloween.

I've had an idea floating around in my head for a Halloween card, and I love how it worked out. In fact, I liked it so much, I made three variations! Here's the layered version:


While there were several steps for making the pumpkins, they were pretty easy to make. I used my dwindling stash of Amy Tangerine and AC Nightfall papers and die cut ovals with my Nesties. I played around with the layers and then stitched them onto the card base.

For the background, I stamped the Dash Pattern background stamp from Hero Arts with Versamark. I used PTI's Edgers #1 to make the bottom strip and then adhered the strip of paper from Studio Calico's Autumn Press at the bottom. I made the sentiment in Word and printed it onto the patterned paper. I totally dig how the brown and black look together...it's not a color combo I ever use, but I'll be using it again.

I'm linking this card up to the E.A.D. Designs "Be Thankful Color Challenge" that I saw on Amy's blog. There are other colors peeking through, so I hope it counts. If you get a chance, check out the challenge!

I had extra pumpkin layers, so I made more cards. Here's the CAS version:


On the base, I printed the sentiment (Two Peas' Journaling but expanded), but otherwise used the same Hero Arts stamp and patterned papers. The orange base paper is also from Autumn Press, and the twine is May Arts (love their natural twine!).

Lastly, here's a small card (4 1/4" square). I went WAY out of my comfort zone (more like out the door and down the street):


I started with the same base but then painted the edges, used several Distress Inks to provide depth, and (shriek!) distressed the edges lightly. To me, the edges looks like fog--I love how it turned out! Like the CAS card, I made the stem of the pumpkin out of brown cardstock.

Here's a close-up of the layers on one of the pumpkins:



The layered pumpkins have so much texture (and movement). I thought I'd link up to the Moxie Fab World Textured to Perfection Challenge (especially the last card with the painted and inked edges).


I wanted to pass along that Print Candee reached 1000 fans on Facebook, and to celebrate, they are having an amazing giveaway on their blog. They are giving away a $100 Amazon and $50 Michael's gift certificates (wow!). Go to THIS post to check out how to leave a comment to enter, and while you're there, check out the blog!

Thanks for looking! I hope you're having a good week!

29 comments:

  1. Love love love these pumpkins!! All three cards are fabulous and I love the cute curly stems. :)

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  2. WOW...I LOVE them!!! sooooo fun and what a great use of patterned paper!

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  3. OH MY!!!!! These are all amazing!!! You nailed them - so much texture and so pretty!

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  4. What a fun and creative way to make a pumpkin...i love it...and your paper choice is perfect....great idea

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  5. These cards are great! So much depth and layers, they must be so fun to hold in your hand.

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  6. No kidding you had extra pumpkins! These are fantastic - I especially love the different choices for stems, and there's so much movement. I'm having that 'yikes, it's really getting to be fall' feeling when I realize that it's still dark at 7.30 in the morning....kind of looking forward to Daylight Savings time ending so we can leave in light again!

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  7. Oh so fun! Colourful and clever!

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  8. Love this, Jocelyn!! You've been crankin' out some awesome cards lately!!

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  9. You're right... these are GREAT pumpkins! What an inspired idea. I like both the ribbon stem and the curled cardstock ones. Really, I just like everything about them!

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  10. great idea! i adore each card. the lil square fella just might be my fave :)

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  11. I love these cards Jocelyn... such a genius idea!!! the layering and PP used are just awesome... you rocked Girlie!!!... hugs...xoxo

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  12. Wow, such a clever and cute and perfectly executed idea! Love your cards.

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  13. totally love your pumpkin card and love that they have hints of color in between. genius.

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  14. You are killing me with all those amazing patterned papers -- as a pumpkin, no less! Wow! Love all of them.

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  15. Oh, my gosh--those layered pumpkins are fantastic! What a sweet focal point and terrific technique. I'll have to try that sometime!!!

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  16. Fantabulous cards Jocelyn! LOVE, love, LOVE those pumpkins... my fave (of course) is the CAS version, but really, that was hard to choose as they ALL look awesome!

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  17. wow these are really pretty halloween cards! Awesome job! Thanks for playing with us in the EAD color challenge! :)

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  18. WOW - this is FABULOUS!!! LOVE your card! Have a nice week-end!!!

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  19. What an awesome focal point! Your choices of PP worked so well for this project! Super cool layout as well!

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  20. SO CUTE! I love how you did the pumpkin.. Thanks for playing along with us this month

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  21. What an awesome idea!! I LOVE these pumpkins. Your cards are fantastic!!

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  22. Wow, I love all of these! I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone (and down the street) 'cause I honestly think these got better as your post got longer. Woohoo! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. These are all AMAZING!!! Love, love, love the dimensional pumpkins!!! Definitely continue stepping outsideyour comfort zone because the last one is even more amazing the the first 2!!!!!

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  24. AWESOME!! Love your Almost(3D)pumpkin!! COOL idea and design!

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  25. Those pumpkins are so adorable and fun! Love all of the different papers you used to create them.

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  26. Beautifully done! I've been wanting to make similar pumpkins, but I never thought to put them on cards! They look awesome.

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  27. Hey Jocelyn! Thanks for linking this up to the Textured to Perfection challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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