Paper Pumpkin Alternatives July 2021 Adventure Begins

This month, the Paper Pumpkin Alternatives for July were exceptionally fun to make! The July 2021 Adventure Begins kit was geared toward outdoor adventure, and here’s how to make even more!

With the Paper Pumpkin kits, I often make one or two projects just as designed. This kit would make 4 cards in each of the 3 designs (12 cards!). They are cute and commonly just what I need! But then I “think outside the box” with the remaining papers, pieces, and embellishments.

This time, I made SO. MANY. CARDS. Some of these “alternatives” use just what’s in the kit, but others may use other basic supplies, such as cardstock or different color ink. While the kit was perfect with an outdoor adventure theme, it was also great for a few holiday cards, too! Each is different from the others, and I really enjoy the uniqueness of each.

A few alternatives were made during my monthly Paper Pumpkin alternatives class. If you would like to join next month and see how to create projects using the kit, subscribe with me!

Here I break down the alternatives created with each of the three card designs in the kit: Trees, Lamps, and Campers. So if you want to create and alternative using only one of the card bases, you can easily find some fun options!

See below for many different ways to create Paper Pumpkin Alternatives with the July kit:


Tree Card July Alternatives:

This card base design, between the beautiful greens and the pine trees, made me feel like the holidays. Don’t worry, you have plenty of time, but why not make a few cards when you feel inspired?

With one of my card bases, I created these two cards. I cut off the back, and adhered it to a cardbase, and finished it with a simple white embossed sentiment. The other I sponged a rainbow of colors using the Northern Lights technique and then used the leftovers from the diecut trees as stencils for the black silhouettes.

With another card base, I again cut off the back and added a fun penguin from a now-retired set (Freezin’ Fun), but any cute winter creature would warm up this card! With the other half, I created a snowglobe by stamping on the inside and adding a die-cut from the Still Scenes set.


Lamp Card July Alternatives:

This card base design yelled “shaker card” to me, and definitely the holiday cards crept in, too. For all of my extra card bases, I cut off the back panel and separated it from the fronts.

From one of the card bases, I created these THREE cards! I not only cut off the back panel, but then I cut out the lamp and place it in some pointsetta for another card, and created a SHAKER card with the left over card front and middle. The tree stamps in this set are perfect, and I used the sentiment from the Snowflake wishes stamp set and of course the pretty snowflake sequins.

From another one of the card bases, I trimmed the back off to 4” x 5 1/4”, and added one of the die-cut trees. Any sentiment can be added for this additional holiday card. With the front pieces of the card, I made it another SHAKER!

This was my final card set made with the last card base. For the one on the left, I added leftover elements from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit (Summer Nights, July 2020). For the one on the right, I experimented with stamping the sentiment “explore” repeatedly in the background behind the lamp, and like how it turned out.


Camper Card July Alternatives:

The camper card base design is very cute, and lent itself to some great alternative cards.

This alternative card only made minor changes to the original. Again, I added a string of lights for more of a “glamper” feel. These were from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit (Summer Nights July 2020).

Next, I cut apart a card base so that I could not only use one half for a beautiful background, but also so that I could cut the camper free and make another Northern Lights card. I think it turned out stunning with the trees cut-outs I used as stencils for the silhouettes!

Lastly, I cut apart a card base in order to add some fireworks behind the camper (from Summer Nights July 2020). What’s camping without some fireworks?


Supplies for Paper Pumpkin Creations:


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Thanks for joining me in my Craft Closet today! I hope you enjoyed seeing how to make this stack of Paper Pumpkin Alternatives July cards, and if you always want to be ahead of card making and crafty techniques, tips, and ideas, subscribe to my Stampin Newsletter!

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2 Responses

  1. Kelly McCarty says:

    I love Paper Pumpkin, but sometimes I just run out of ideas! These are great!! Thanks much for the general explanation and the great pics. I’ll be coming back for more.

    • laurascraftcloset.com says:

      Thank you for letting me know! Paper Pumpkin is so great, and I can’t wait to see you again 🙂

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