Thursday, November 4, 2010

My take on the paper strip pumpkins!

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

I love this time of year -- beautiful fall leaves, our annual trip to the pumpkin patch, Thanksgiving plans, fall decor, Halloween...  I've seen several versions of these paper strip pumpkins, and had to try them out for myself -- with my OWN twist.
1) Cut your pumpkin pie cardstock vertically at 6" (so your pc measures 6x11").
2) Emboss the entire pc, one section at a time, using the Big Shot and polka dotted, vintage wallpaper, and the square lattice embossing folders.
3) Use a direct to paper technique to add pumpkin pie ink to the embossed pattern -- i.e. rub your ink pad all over your paper!
4) Cut your finished piece into 3/4" strips.
5) Stack all your strips together into a neat little stack -- use the Crop-o-dile to punch a hole through the entire stack at one end.  Carefully turn it around and punch through the entire stack at the other end -- keeping it all even, if possible.  Make this second hole a little bigger by punching twice right next to the first hole.
6) Put a brad through the bottom set of holes to secure that end.
7) Fan out the little strips to create a symmetric "spokes on a wheel" kind of look.
8)  Loop a pc of Early Espresso 5/8" satin ribbon (or any chocolate ribbon you have on hand) in half and tie a knot at the end -- then thread the ribbon loop through the top holes in your pumpkin strips, one by one until they are all threaded on.
9) Cut a 1/4" strip of Old Olive cardstock and curl it around a pencil -- attach to the ribbon loop for your vine.
10) Cut leaves out of Old Olive card stock with the Leaves #2 die and Big Shot -- emboss the leaves, if you wish -- and attach with glue dots to top of pumpkin.

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