Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And Yet Another Pumpkin! (Tutorial)

Welcome to my first ever photo tutorial. This comes as a result of my friend Shawnee asking that I post directions for this pumpkin on my Facebook page, Paper Boutique. I tried to take photos of every step and then decided that was far too many photos. I tried to weed a few out, but I still have a lot on here. How many it too many? I'm pretty much a visual person so that's a very hard question for me.

This is most of the supplies used for the project but a few more will come into play as we go along.

  • 3" Terracotta Pot
  • "Olivia" Paper Packet: 1 - 12" x 12" Backgound & Texture (B&T) paper (text weight) for pumpkin shell and 1 - 12" x 12" Terracotta color Card Stock (CS) for stem. B&T scrap for leaves
  • "Many Thanks" Stamp Set
  • Liquid Glass
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Circle Cutter
  • Spritzer

Putting together the pumpkin shell/base:

Select your B&T and cut a 7" x 12" piece. Then cut this piece into 7" strips. I cut mine into different thicknesses, of 1/2", 3/4" and 1". You can cut them into random thicknesses or all the same. One of my favorite qualities of CTMH B&T is that it's double sided. When putting my pumpkin together, the backside of the paper will show through and be a pretty orange, rather than plain old white. If you use paper that is white on the backside, consider sponging some color onto it.

Add a thin line of liquid glass to the back side of the end of one paper strip. Press it on the inside of the lip of the terracotta pot. Continue with each strip around the inside lip of the pot until all strips are used. The pieces should overlap a little. Be sure the 'right' side of the paper is all facing toward the middle of the pot. Liquid Glass is the perfect adhesive to use here. It dries very quickly so you don't have to hold the paper against the pot more than a few seconds. It also makes a very strong bond!

Turn the pot upside down and glue the strips to the bottom with more Liquid Glass. I placed my pot over a jar to keep the paper from being squished around the top. An alternate way to adhere the paper to the bottom is to put a long (1" or longer) brad through the hole in the bottom of the pot, punch a small hole in the end of each strip and secure it over the brad. Don't fret if your strips don't seem to be perfectly aligned. This is art, and the charm is in the imperfections!

Making the lid & stem parts:

Cut a 4" x 4" piece of B&T and CS and glue together. From this piece cut a 3-1/2" circle. Cut a second 3" circle from CS. Cut a 1-3/8" x 12" strip from CS. Score this strip every 1/4" and fold accordion style.
With Liquid Glass, glue the ends of your accordion strip together making a tube. Place a circle of glue on the smaller circle of CS using a thick, strong craft glue (I used Scotch Quick Dry adhesive). Flatten the accordion circle and place it over the glue on the circle. You can use a heavy object to hold it in place while the glue sets up.

This is how your accordion tube will look flattened out and glued to the circle of CS.

Make a cone using a scrap of CS. My scrap was about 3" x 4". I used redline tape to glue my cone.
Cut the large end of the cone to make an even opening.

Cut off the small tip of the cone and make short cuts up into the cone, about 1/2" and about 1/4" apart.
Bend these short pieces outward like a sunburst.

Place the narrow end of the cone on the center back of the large B&T/CS circle. Place a pencil inside the cone and draw a circle on the CS using the narrow end as your template.

Remove the cone. Using an exacto knife, make cross cuts from edge to edge through the pencil drawn circle. Bend back the points and flatten them against the CS using a folding tool. This is the hole that your stem will eventually go through.

Using Liquid Glass or the thicker Scotch glue, run a line around the edge and the inner edge of the large end of the cone.

Place the gluey edge on a scrap of CS and hold in place until secure. Allow to dry thoroughly.

When dry, trim off the scrap paper close to the cone. Sponge some ink onto your cone to create a distressed look for your stem.

Close the cuts of the smaller end of the cone and insert it into cut in the large B&T/CS circle from the B&T side. Open up the starburst cuts of the cone on the CS side and glue to the cardstock. You now have a stem & top to your pumpkin!

Making the leaves and vines:

I have to say this is my favorite part of the pumpkin process!! Stamp out three leaves in Pear ink on the lesser patterned B&T. I used the rock n roll method: ink up the stamp and lightly stamp it off on scratch paper. The "roll" the edges of the stamp only on the ink pad. Now stamp your image on the paper you want.

Cut two 12" x 1" strips from the green B&T. Cut out the leaves. Notice the pretty color on the back of the leaves. Again, this is what I love about CTMH papers. The leaf in the middle is turned over so you can see how the back complements the fall leaf look we are going for. How cool is that?

Now spray a leaf with the mister. Soggy is okay. Wrap a small portion of the leaf around a smooth slender object. I used my piercing tool. Any thing of this shape will work as long as it won't be damaged by heating. Using a heat embossing tool, heat the leaf until it's dry. The leaf will stay in the shape it is dried in. Experiment with twists and curves, it's so much fun and so perfect for autumn leaves! Repeat for all three leaves.

Spray one of the strips of B&T. Soggy is okay. Gently begin twisting the paper at one end and work your way to the other end being careful not to tear it. Try to get the underside of the paper to show in places as well.

Once the strip of paper is twisted, wrap it around the tool and set it with the heat embossing tool. It takes a little longer than the leaves because of the thickness. When it's set you can pull on the coil and it will bounce back. It it's not bouncing back heat it a little longer. You can take it off the tool to heat once it's got it's basic shape.

Final Assembly!
It's time to assemble the lid and embellish with leaves & vines! Run a line of thick glue around the bottom of the circle holding the stem, about 1/2" or more from the edge. Attach the accordion circle so that the accordion is between the two circles. Attach the leaves and vines to the top in a manner that appeals to you. I usually uncoil the vines slightly and wrap a little way around the base of the stem.

View of the lid from the bottom.

View of the lid from the top.

The completed project!


  1. great project & photos! That's a lot of work! Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW! GREAT project and tutorial!!! I can hardly wait to make one of these!!!

  3. Thanks Barb. The blog was actually a lot more work than the pumpkin!

    Thank you Becky. I hope the tutorial is clear enough. Let me know if it's not, have fun making it!

  4. i love you pumpkin. it looks like a lot of fun

  5. great tute oh mighty pumpkin goddess!