August 5, 2014


Recently a friend asked me if I would like to have a pile of tissue paper she was going to throw away. (She was aware that I was a bona fide packrat.) One side was a darker pink, the other the same pink in a lighter tint. The paper was sort of crispy, and I wasn't sure what I would use it for. I set it aside. A few minutes later, a lightbulb went on. I grabbed a corner of the paper and crushed it in my hand, then uncrushed it. Perfect! It would be PERFECT!

I prepared two backgrounds, one with the dark side showing, the other with the light as the focus. The dark side matched Stampin' Up!'s Melon Mambo exactly. Hmmmm. Now, what to do with it . . .

Dig, dig, dig . . . planting some Paper Seedlings . . .

As part of the Paper Pumpkin Boot Camp I had been currently participating in, I was about to host(ess) my Paper Pumpkin event. This background would work so well for a project for that event. You see, I was going to use stamps from previous Paper Pumpkin kits in a new and different way. Here was the background for this project!

And I was proud that I had rescued a great art material from certain death in the garbage can! 

Gorgeous crunchy texture:

The lighter pink as the background. I will save this for a future project.

Here is a tutorial on how to create this card.

Stamps from past Paper Pumpkin kits

Whisper White cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock
Melon Mambo cardstock
Bermuda Bay cardstock
A scrap of cardstock measuring 3 3/4" x 5"

Bermuda Bay ink
Melon Mambo ink
Daffodil Delight ink

Bright pink tissue paper (from a shoebox)
Big Shot
1 3/8" Circle Punch
Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits
Baker's Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals
Anywhere Glue Stick

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder. Adhere a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock to card front.

Crumple a piece of tissue paper measuring about 5" x 7" in your hands. Unfold. Crumple again. Unfold. Continue doing this until your tissue paper has charming peaks and valleys after you flatten it slightly.

With Anywhere Glue Stick, completely cover the 3 3/4" x 5" piece of scrap cardstock, edge to edge, making sure the corners are well covered with glue. Lay the tissue paper on top of the glue, and gently pat the tissue down onto the glued piece. Carefully press in all those peaks and valleys. Don't flatten the tissue completely. The texture is what gives this background its charm. Trim edges about 1/2" - 3/4" past the back of the cardstock edges. Carefully adhere edges to the back of the cardstock. Glue into place on top of the yellow piece on the card.

On a scrap of Whisper White, stamp various patterns in the three chosen colors. Use the 1 3/8" Circle Punch to punch a "balloon" from each of the stamped areas.

From the Baker's Twine, create tiny bows. With the green glue, adhere the bows to the bottoms of each of the circles. Use scotch tape to adhere separate pieces of Baker's Twine to the backs of the circles. With a Stampin' Dimensional on the back of each circle, adhere the "balloons" to the card front.

On a scrap of Whisper White, stamp Happy Birthday in Bermuda Bay. Cut out sentiment with the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelit.

Adhere 1/8" Melon Mambo and 1/4" Bermuda Bay strips to a Daffodil Delight strip that measures 1" x 4". Use the Paper Snips to create a flag on the left edge of this strip. Glue sentiment tag to strip. 

Where you plan on placing this completed strip, use a little tape to hold the strings of the balloons in place. With three Stampin' Dimensionals, adhere the finished strip over the balloon strings.

There, now you can feel good about recycling: tissue paper that was to be thrown out, as well as stamps from two separate past Paper Pumpkin kits. LOVE IT!



  1. Great idea, I love the texture that it adds to the card! Thanks for sharing.
    ~ Terrie @

  2. And I loved making this card. I'm sure glad I had someone to tie my bows!! Of course this one is pinned so I can share it with on-line friends!

  3. This is absolutely fabulous craft. thank you for sharing

  4. Great birthday card. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  5. Your card looks fabulous! I love to make cards and am always looking for new inspiration. I've never considered using tissue paper, but I certainly will now. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and thank you for linking up at Wake Up Wednesday.

  6. Love the card and the texture. Amamzing.

  7. What a simple, yet cute card!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  8. the card is just adorable. Love it! It brightens my mood :)

  9. This is such a sweet card! I love the texture you got from the tissue paper. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party and I hope we see you again this week.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

  10. Love this bright, fun card. Thanks for sharing with Pin Your Friday Favorite!

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