Thanksgiving Pumpkins



Stamps: SU Flowering Flourishes, More Great Greetings, Lovely as a Tree
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, SU Sweet Pea DSP
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Early Espresso
Accessories: SU Only Orange & Summer Sun Stampin' Write Markers, Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Foam Adhesive Strips, Stamping Sponge
Techniques: Punch Art, Sponging, Stamp Coloring

Made for Thank Goodness It's Friday Sketch Challenge #77:  http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/

The challenge was for horizontal elements with a circular main element in the center. Since it's fall, I need some Thanksgiving cards and recalled seeing a cute punch art card by Kathleen Wingerson on Pinterest (https://goo.gl/3ACI52) that I had saved.

The pumpkins were cut with the two smallest ovals from SU's Layering Ovals Framelits set (smallest for the three ovals used for each of the two smaller pumpkins, and the next larger oval to create the five I need for the largest pumpkin). The papers are from the retired SU Sweet Pea DSP. The dotted pumpkin's background was white, which was too stark for my color scheme, so I sponged the orange ink on the DSP berfore I cut the ovals. I sponged the edges of each oval using Pumpkin Pie ink. This really gave "depth" to each pumpkin when the ovals were assembled.

The background horizontal panels were a single piece of Very Vanilla that I stamped Flowering Flourishes blossom vine twice. The vines were inked with Old Olive, then the end blossoms were wiped clean so I could color them with Stampin' Write Markers (Only Orange & Summer Sun).

The sentiment is from the retired 1992 SU More Great Greetings. The little leave (covering a boo-boo) is from Lovely as a Tree. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the leaf over the accidental mark from the sentiment stamp.

I had never tried making punch art pumpkins before. The real trick to making them look "realistically shaped" is the sponging around the ovals edges.

I rated this card as a difficulty "3" because of the extra work associated with the pumpkins and the coloring of the blossoms before stamping.

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