Hello Gourd-geous

Woohoo, it’s day 3 of the inspiration hop celebrating the new release from The Rabbit Hole Designs and I’m so excited about the cards I’m sharing today! They feature the brand new Gourd-geous and Pumpkin Friends stamp sets. These are nice big pumpkins that can easily fill up a card. In fact, for today’s cards, I made them both on A6 sized bases, so I’d have a little more real estate to play with. Make sure you watch my 30 second video below, because I have an extra special sneak peek to show you today too!

         

How cute are these two sets? They also coordinate perfectly with the new Pumpkin Hair Donโ€™t Care set you saw yesterday. 

 

My first card is a light-up card. You’re shocked, I know ๐Ÿ˜‰ But the very first thing I thought of when I saw those Jack-O-Lanterns was how adorable they’d be lit up for real. I started by stamping and embossing my images. I stamped Pumpkin Friends first, then masked it and stamped Gourd-geous. Since I used Versafine Clair ink, I was able to emboss the images after removing the mask (no need to emboss the first image before the second). Then, I masked both images and taped off a horizon so I could ink blend the background. Both of my cards today feature a beautiful color combo I saw Mindy Eggen use. Hubba, hubba, do I love that blend?! It’s Chipped Saphire, Pine Needles, and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks for the sky. Then I moved the tape up and used Hickory Smoke to create the ground. I used a stencil and Black Soot to turn it into a brick path and darken up the edges all the way around to create a vignette. I splattered a little water onto the sky to lift some of the ink and create fun texture. (I recommend removing the masks before spritzing on water because sometimes the color on the masks can bleed through when they get wet.) With the background done, it was time to color the pumpkins. I used my Copic markers and a little white gel pen for highlights. Then it was time to make them glow…

I stamped and embossed Push Here in the lower right corner of my panel. Then, I used a craft knife to cut out the eyes and mouth of the pumpkins and backed them with yellow colored vellum. Since I wanted a purple card base, I cut a panel of white cardstock to the same size as my stamped panel and glued that in place on the purple base. (This gives me a nice bright white surface for my lights to reflect off of underneith.) I taped the three LEDs of my new EZ-Light* down under the eyes, and the battery pack down under the push here stamp. I used a double layer of foam tape to pop the stamped panel up onto the card base. I embossed my sentiment on a black strip and popped it up with a little more foam tape. A few sequins glued to the outside of the card finished it up. Isn’t it fun?

My second card doesn’t light up, but I added some Aqua Shimmer to the Gourd-geous eyes and it gives them a cool glimmer. For this card, I ink blended a 3″ square panel of cardstock using Mindy’s blend again, then used a black marker to draw a horizon at the bottom. I cut a 2ยฝ” square out of a 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ panel of white cardstock to mimic a Polaroidยฎ picture. I also cut a fun foam piece to the same dimensions and glued the three layers together. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto the picture frame and the pumpkin onto a scrap of cardstock. I Copic colored and die cut him. (Yes, there is a coordinating die for this set!) I die cut a few floral pieces from black carstock and tucked them into the frame, then popped the pumpkin in with foam tape. I glued it to a royal blue A6 card base. To finish the card, I glued on a purple die cut bow near the sentiment and a few sequins all over the card. Then I added the Aqua Shimmer to his eyes and nose. I love the way the orange pops off the blue behind it. Let me know which card you like better down below. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to want to play with the new Gourd-geous and Pumpkin Friends stamp sets. For more inspiration, hop along with us and see the other awesome cards from the design team! You can also comment on the participating blogs for your chance to win these new sets! (Details below.)

Katie

Shanna 

Niccole  

Amanda S – you are here

Amanda W – next stop

Lisa

Charmaine

Echo

If you’re looking to purchase stamps from the new release, you have two great options. You can purchase directly from The Rabbit Hole Designs and get a 10% discount**, or from Simon Says Stamp and get a free stamp set*. Every order placed through The Rabbit Hole Designs will be eligible for a 10% discount. (**Use Discount Code TRHD2019 this code will only be accepted until Friday 08-30-2019 12:01 am PST. EXCLUDES Dies and Crafters Essentials. Not applicable to previous orders. May be used more than once. Does not apply to shipping and tax.) If you order directly from The Rabbit Hole Designs, you’ll probably also receive a pack of the Halloween sequins I used on all of my cards this week. I know that MaryAnn has been tucking them into new orders as an extra little thank you gift, but they won’t last forever, so get your order in quick! 
 
You can also find the new release items at Simon Says Stamp and they are offering a free gift with any Rabbit Hole Designs purchase this week*! Did you see this card? I made it using the Handmade Brew set. (*No code necessary. Offer valid while supplies last. Visit Simon Says Stamp for details.)
 
So hard to choose, right? Do you want 10% off and sequins, or the free stamp set? That’s up to you. Either way, make sure you enter to win the Gourd-geous and Pumpkin Friends sets! To celebrate day 3 of the inspiration hop, The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away both stamp sets to One lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 pm PST 08-29-2019 on all participating blogs. Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 08-30-2019. I’ll be back soon with another fun card and details on my new EZ-Lights!
 
 
*My new EZ-Lights haven’t been released yet, but I’m packaging them up as we speak (well, as you read this). Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter so you find out as soon as they become available. It’ll be very soon, promise! They are different from my Power Pack Kits, in that they have three lights already wired to the battery unit and require no circuit building. They are ready to go, as is!
 
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  1. Love your cards. The pumpkins lighting up is spectacular. These stamps are so much fun.

  2. I love your cards, sooooooo super cute!!!! Love these stamps too!!!

  3. Sharon Gullikson says:

    The polaroid snap shot is really sweet. I love the look. You are always so clever.

  4. These are so cute!

  5. Kristina Vazquez says:

    Wow your cards are just amazing! You make it hard to resist buying after seeing ao many great ways to utilize

  6. LOVE these Jack-o-lantern designs and the fun sentiments! Awesome sets! The coloring on your cards looks fab! Great cards!

  7. Wowed me today! I absolutely adore your light up card. Not only the lights, but the design. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

  8. LOVE the new stamps! And OMGoodness your pumpkins light up…that’s amazing! Love your backgrounds, colors, and designs. Just wonderful cards!

  9. Your cards are gourd-eous and pumpkin-licous!!! love these new release!!

  10. Oh my word. I love it all but those lights send your card over the top! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  11. I love your artwork Amanda!! This cards are so cool!!

  12. Wow! These are gourd-eous

  13. The hat on each card adds a nice touch. Your colors look just great.

  14. The EZ Lights were perfect for this jack-o-lantern card!

  15. Stunning! The lights are incredible! Nice touch!

  16. ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BACKGROUNDS! SOOOOOO COOL! And lights!

  17. And it lights up! That is awesome.

  18. Rochelle Schiffbauer says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year. Can’t wait to get these stamps.

  19. Very nice job, love these!

  20. It’s so hard to pick which one I like best. They are both awesome, but that light up jack-o-lanterns are really cool!!!
    And I just signed up for your newsletter!

  21. Donna Kalinowsky says:

    I love both cards but the first one that lights up is the bomb.

  22. WOW!! these are both GORGEOUS! loooove

  23. Love both cards. The Polaroid card would make a better snail mail card, but I love the playfulness of the light up card too.

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