Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations – this month’s projects are all about Halloween. Prepare yourself for wonderful mix of spooky, scary and sweet. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

This was a total no-brainer for me. I’m back in the GNOME ZONE! These 3 gnomes are ready for some Halloween Trick or Treating.

halloween gnomes

I encourage you to use your retired Stampin’ Up! products. Every year Stampin’ Up! includes some fabulous Halloween products. Combine the old with the new to get more mileage out of your purchases. Don’t have the retired products that I used? No worries. I am also listing a comparable product in our current catalogs.

I used the spider from the retired Wicked dies and the bats were created using the retired Spooky Bat punch. You can definitely use the Hallows Night Magic Bundle or the Little Treats Bundle in the August – December Mini Catalog for the spider and bats. Instead of using the ‘Trick or Treat’ sentiment found in the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set use the one in Hallows Night Magic stamp set. This is definitely a great bundle for all your Halloween projects.

I had so much fun making these little gnomes ready for Halloween. I hope that you have acquired the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set. If not, why not?

The cute little girl gnome is dressed as the Elsbeth from ‘Wicked’. I colored the ornament to make it a pumpkin candy bucket and hung a spider by a silver thread from the old gnome’s cap. Then dressed the gnomes up using the Magic in the Night Designer Series Paper.

On to the instructions …

MEASUREMENTS

  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Magic in the Night DSP:
    • 3-3/4″ x 5″ bat patterned DSP
    • scraps for gnome hats
  • Thick Whisper White cardstock: gnomes
  • Basic Black cardstock: sentiment, bats, witch hat, and spider
  • Whisper White cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ for message insert

BACKGROUND

DSP Panels

  • Stamp sentiment on ‘spider DSP’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Repeat stamping until panel is covered.
  • Distress edges of ‘spider’ DSP panel with sponge wedge and black or Basic Gray ink. TIP: The goal is to cover any white edge. Rips and tears are ok and add to the ‘spooky’ feel.
  • Wrap baker’s twine around ‘spider’ panel and tie a bow.

Card Front

  • Emboss the front of the card base with the Cobwebs 3D embossing folder. TIP: Lay card base out flat. Line up the folded edge of the card base with the open end of the embossing folder. Be careful not to emboss over the fold.

GNOMES & CREATURES

Gnomes

  • Stamp gnomes in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Selected DSP and stamp gnomes. TIP: Choose a busy print so the snowflakes don’t show up.
  • Create the pumpkin buckets by stamping the ornament part of the gnome stamps onto Thick Whisper White cardstock, TIP: Color the pumpkin buckets then use a black journal pen to add Jack-0-Lantern faces.
  • Using the Stampin’ Blends, color the gnomes to your liking.
  • Fussy cut gnomes, hats, and pumpkin buckets. (No bells or mistletoe!)
  • WITCH HAT: Trim off the ‘tree hat’ and add a witch hat. TIP: When adding pieces to an image, using a scrap of paper or cardstock helps keep the piece in place. The witch hat is from another company. If you send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and a Stampin’ Up! card and note, I will stamp/die-cut up to 6 for you.
  • Add Black Dimensionals behind old gnomes.

Spider and Bats

  • Punch or die-cut 3 bats.
  • Layer bats with a glue dot in the center and mini Black Dimensional on each wing. HINT: They look like they are ‘flying’ or undulating through the night sky with wings flapping.
  • Die-cut a small spider from Basic Black cardstock and add a mini Black Dimensional.
  • Attach silver metallic thread to the tip of the tall hat on the old gnome. TIP: Use a glue dot and then add a mini Black Dimensional then place spider at the end of the silver thread.

SENTIMENT

  • Stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in white Craft ink on Basic Black cardstock.
  • Heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Use the Classic Label Punch to trim sentiment.
  • Add mini Black Dimensionals.

ASSEMBLY

  • Layer as shown.
  • Stamp the ‘web and spider’ images from Celebrations Tidings stamp set on the envelope and the inside message panel.
  • Draw a thin line between spider and web with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Marker. Then lightly add Wink of Stella over the drawn line.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at JustPeachyStamping.com. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  7. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  8. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  12. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  13. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  14. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon

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