Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, you're missing out on some amazing stamp sets and projects, delivered straight to your door every month. My March Paper Pumpkin kit arrived last week, and I've been having so much fun playing with it!
The theme of this month's kit is 'May Good Things Grow'. If you follow the directions included in it, you can make eight lovely cards -- four each in two styles -- plus coordinating seed packet style envelopes.
March Paper Pumpkin Card 1 + Matching Envelope
March Paper Pumpkin Card 2 + Matching Envelope
However, I decided to use this kit a bit differently. I made just one of each card and envelope, then used the rest of the materials to make a pocket letter!
What is a Pocket Letter?
Have you ever made a pocket letter? Basically, it’s just a trading card protector that’s filled with ‘artist trading cards’, plus some little goodies for a friend. To make one, you cut nine 2-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch cards, and then decorate them like you would greeting cards. After decorating the cards, you insert one in each pocket of the protector.
Then you tuck some little goodies behind each card, such as die-cut shapes, stamped images, a yard or two of ribbon, etc. Finally, you write a letter to your friend, tuck it into one of the pockets, and then mail the whole thing off to them.
Next to greeting cards, pocket letters are my favorite stamping projects. Making the little cards, and choosing treats to fill the pockets, is so much fun! Plus, they’re a great way to stay in touch, and trade crafty ideas, with friends.
March Paper Pumpkin Pocket Letter
To make this pocket letter, I first cut the papers from the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit into cards, and then decorated them with the various die-cuts, stamps, and embellishments that came in the box.
Because some of the best patterns from the March Paper Pumpkin kit were on the envelopes, I cut most of those apart to use, too. I especially like these scalloped toppers from the envelopes, so added them to a couple of cards.
One of the things I love about Paper Pumpkin kits is that all the materials coordinate, so creating with them is easy, whether you follow the directions or not. But I did feel like something was ‘missing’ from this kit. After working with the materials a bit, I realized it was bugs.
Yes, bugs! In my mind, you just can’t have a garden of flowers without some bugs. So I grabbed the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, and added a few. Although not a perfect match to the style of the May Good Things Grow kit, I think they’re fun.
Once I had all the pieces stuck down where I wanted them, I distressed the cards a bit by sanding and inking them. OK, full disclosure here — I had no intention of doing this, but after accidentally smearing ink on two cards, decided to run with it. This is how it goes sometimes with stamping!
To finish off this pocket letter, I just tied some simple knots of Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon (included in the March Paper Pumpkin kit) through the binder holes on the page protector.
Now all that’s left to do is fill the back of each pocket with some crafty goodies, and then mail it off!
Comment for a Chance to Win This Pocket Letter!
Speaking of mailing this pocket letter, how would YOU like to be the one to RECEIVE it — goody-filled pockets and all? Simply leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win it!
I’ll draw a random winner a week from today -- April 2nd -- so be sure to check back then to see if you won.
Until then, happy stamping!