Okay show of hands: who’s all about pumpkin everything for fall? That’s what I thought! Pumpkins are iconic for autumn, and this simple die-cut card can send some fall cheer anyone’s way. I assembled this little card in about 10 minutes with some of the new Rachael Bright dies for Sizzix, in non-traditional colors – which I think makes it that much more fun!
A lot of you know, I’m part of the Sizzix design team, which means I get my hands on some of the brand new stuff early so that I can show it off to all of you! These dies ARE available now, though, so if you’re drooling just looking at them, then I’ll leave a few affiliate links below so that you can do some shopping. (Be sure to use the code SZB2015 to save 15% when you check out from Sizzix.com – that’s one of the perks of being a Happy Hour Projects reader!)
You will need:
- Sizzix Big Shot & Acrylic Cutting Pads
- Magnetic Platform (really helpful for using the Thinlits dies)
- Sizzix Thinlits: Harvest Pumpkin Card
- Sizzix Bigz (with bonus Textured Impressions folder): Fall Flowers
- Core’dinations paper: Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection
- Core’dinations paper: Jillian Dot in yellow
- Ranger Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
- Baker’s Twine – Brown & White
- Double-Sided Tape Runner
The magnetic platform is really helpful when using the Thinlits, because it helps to secure them in place! You *can* cut using the extended platform in a pinch, though. Just set one cutting pad on top of your magnetic platform, Place your paper, and then arrange the Thinlits dies. They cling right where you set them! Place the other cutting pad on top, and roll it through the Big Shot to die-cut your card base and coordinating shapes.
I’m also really excited about the Fall Flowers Bigz die – I just used the tag and feather from that set for today’s project (as the flower is a little big for this petite card). To die-cut with Bigz dies, you don’t need a platform at all. Just sandwich the die and paper between the cutting pads, and roll it through.
On the inside I just arranged a few of the Sizzix Thinlits shapes together for a simple message of thanks. You could even leave the inside un-adorned, and hand-write your personal message!
I chose an unconventional aqua blue for my pumpkin, and I really like how it came together! Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors. The pumpkin shape says FALL already, so a little experimentation can be a lot of fun. I tied the tag and feather onto the front of the card with baker’s twine for a bit of yellow and brown accent.
What paper crafts are you making this fall?
As a 2015 Sizzix Design team member, I receive certain Sizzix products free of charge in order to share inspiration projects and tutorials. Select fall dies were provided by Sizzix in order to create this themed series. My designs and opinions are, of course, all my own.