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Have you fallen under the spell of any mythical gnomes this Christmas?
These adorable creatures seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. Having moved from our gardens onto our Christmas cards!
There's a wide selection of gnome stamps, dies and patterned paper on the market with cheesy gnome puns for your sentiments.
In fact, everything for the card maker looking for fun and cute gnome Christmas cards.
Lets look at some examples.....
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My first cards were made with the Seasonal Gnome stamp set from the Woodware Craft Collection.
This super big stamp fills the front of a standard sized card. So, there's not much room for anything else!
Using two backgrounds from my stash I heat embossed the gnome onto the backgrounds with gold embossing powder.
Before painting I reactivate the ink with water and removed some of the background colour with kitchen towel.
I used a mixture of watercolour pencils and metallic watercolour paints to paint the gnomes. Splatters were added with watered down Perfect Pearls "Perfect Pearls".
With the lack of room on the front of the card the sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card base.
Which background colour do you prefer?
Happy Holidays was created with the Gnome Tree stamp from Stampendous.
This was the first time I had used Cryogen Iridescent card with alcohol markers (Copic) and was interested to see how it performed as some card makers recommend it for alcohol markers.
Initially, I was surprised how quickly the colours bleed out as I was used to more absorbent card. This takes a bit of getting used too. The colours blended well but I think I need more practice before I can recommend it.
To create the card:
A clean and simple one layer card.
The images for this card were purchased from Etsy as a digital download from the shop belonging to ConieFongArt (1840780807).
Using Digital or digi stamps is fairly new to me but I'm sure I'll be buying a few more in future. I outlined my thoughts about this and the how to use them on my page "Digital Card Making".
After downloading the card I uploaded to my photo editor of choice - Picmonkey and resized the image for my card.
The images were coloured with a selection of Copic markers with sparkle from a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen.
The images were mounted onto silver card before being added to a background embossed with the Star Bright embossing folder from Sizzix and a card base.
These fun loving characters make a great gnome Christmas card. I'll be creating more in different colours combinations before the holidays.
In my quest to use up more of paper scraps I purchased the Peekaboo Window 2 Die from Whimsy Stamps.
I'm also using it for my left over stamped images. This is where the digital stamps come into their own as I was able to resize them to fit into the windows.
A great addition to my craft stash!