Today we are going to have more fun with Stampin’ Up! GNOEL Gnomes. I know, it’s corny. The ‘G’ is silent like the ‘G’ in gnomes, gnu, gnash, and gnat. Thank you for still reading this post. There is still so much love in the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set. I try to put it away and those gnomes just drag me back.

gnomes popping out of windows

Isn’t this card adorable? There is a lot of texture. Does this card seem too difficult for the beginner stamper? I have faith that a beginner can tackle this card. It’s like eating an elephant, you can do this ‘one bite at a time’. Let’s begin.


  • Thick Whisper White cardstock:
    • 4-1/4 ” x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ for the card base
    • 2-1/2″ x 4″ for gnome stamping
  • Whisper White cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ for message insert
  • Real Red cardstock:
    • 2-3/4″: x 5-1/2″ for card panel frame
    • 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ for letters
  • Foam Sheet: 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″
  • Heartwarming Hugs DSP:
    • 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for card panel
    • OPTIONAL: 2-1/2″ x 6″ for envelope flap
  • Mossy Meadow cardstock:
    • 2-1/2″ x 5″ for banner frame
    • 1-3/8″ x 4-1/4″
  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock: 1-1/8″ x 4-1/4″ for banner


Card Base Embossing

Use the Winter Snow embossing folder to emboss the front of the card base. Open up the card base. Slide the front of the card into the embossing folder. Line up the card with the top edge (crease side) hanging out. At this point, half of the card is hanging outside of the embossing folder. Run through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine. All the instructions for the ‘sandwiches’ are on the base plate with pictures.


  • Emboss the Pear Pizzazz strip with Winter Snow embossing folder.
  • Layer embossed Pear Pizzazz strip onto the Mossy Meadow strip.
  • Using the Triple Banner punch, fishtail both ends. HINT: Line up the outer edges as shown.
punch fishtail


  • Layer the Real Red strip on the Foam Adhesive strip. Both sides are sticky. Only remove one side.
  • Using the Playful Alphabet dies, die-cut the letters from the layered strip.
  • Congratulation! You have just made an awesome dimensional sticker! I love this part.
  • Adhere the letters to the banner. TIP: There is not much room, so start close to the left edge and put the letters close.
  • Take a couple of loops of red twine and adhere to both ends of the banner. TIP: I use several glue dots or lines of Stampin’ Seal +. The red twine is from the retired Country Club twine bundle.


  • Stamp gnomes from Gnome for the Holidays stamps set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Color with Real Red (dark) and Mossy Meadow (light) Stampin’ Blends.
  • Fussy cut gnomes.

Gnome Panel

  • Emboss Real Red strip with Dainty Diamonds embossing folder.
  • Punch 1-1/2″ circle on top and bottom of Heartwarming DSP.
  • Punch (2) 1-1/2″ circles from Mossy Meadow strip. Leave room for die-cutting the 1-7/8″ stitched frame.
  • Die-cut (2) stitched frames (using 2nd smallest circle) around the circle punched in the Mossy Meadow strip.
  • Layer Stitched Circle frame over the punched circle in DSP as shown.


  • Arrange gnomes peeking out of the circle windows and adhere to the DSP with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • Trim any gnome parts hanging outside the boundaries.
  • Adhere the gnome/DSP panel onto the embossed Real Red panel.
  • Layer the gnome strip onto the center of the embossed card base.
  • Adhere the sentiment banner between the ‘windows’.
  • And finally, customize your message insert and envelope. Use DSP, stamping, embossing, or some die-cuts.

Did it help to have this card broken into smaller bites? Even the most complicated design can be broken down. 

I hope that I have made the instructions easy to follow. I would love to see your gnome cards. This card would be wonderful without the embossing too. 


How do you go from timid beginner to avid paper crafter? I think it is the tools. The key is to get to know your tools. Take time to practice. Here are my absolute favorites.

  • Paper Snips by Stampin’ Up! are the best ever for fussy cutting. If you do not have them, GET THEM NOW!
  • Paper Trimmer is an absolute must for cutting and scoring. Practice cutting and measuring. Learn where you need to put the paper to get that perfect cut. Using the measuring lines takes some practice. I line up the paper just on the line (so I can’t see the line) and it seems to work perfectly for me. I wear glasses, I have a lazy eye and I am far-sighted. And my glasses are usually dirty. Lots to deal with here. Practice, Practice, Practice.
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. It is a must for taking your paper crafting to the next level with embossing and die-cutting.
  • Heat Tool and embossing powders.

If you don’t have all the supplies, you are free to go to my shop 24/7 and order. I also encourage you to look at your current inventory and find something you already own to try this card layout.

Come back tomorrow for the Pals Blog Hop. This month’s theme is “Tag, You’re It” – tags or 3D projects to get you inspired for the upcoming gift season. And yes, before you ask, I have at least one gnome tag (think ‘cookies’).


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