Another gnome card for my Gnomies! Here is a quick gnome Christmas card. The Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper(DSP) is the perfect background for this little gnome. Snowflakes and a watercolor effect really set the stage for this happy gnome.

Snowflake gnome Christmas card using Stampin' Up! Gnome for the Holidays stamp set.

Isn’t that guy the cutest? And oh so easy to watercolor. I have included tips for cutting and stamping for multiple cards at the end of these instructions. 

MEASUREMENTS

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Snowflake Splendor DSP:
    • 3″ x 4-1/4″ for panel
    • 2-1/4″ x 6″ for envelope flap (will be trimmed)
  • Misty Moonlight cardstock: 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″
  • Basic Black cardstock: 1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Fluid 100 Watercolor paper: 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ OR a full sheet and stamp 10 gnomes (more is better!!!)
  • Glimmer Paper or Snowflake sequins

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

GNOME

  • Stamp the gnome on Fluid 100 Watercolor paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Using the fine-tipped Water Painter add color to the gnome.
    • Balmy Blue for the hat and Basic Gray for the shoes and bell
    • Very light Basic Gray watercolor to the beard
    • Blushing Bride for nose
  • Fussy cut leaving a thin white border.

SENTIMENT

  • Stamp the sentiment ‘CHRISTMAS WISHES’ using White Craft Ink on Basic Black strip.
  • Heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Place diagonally across the DSP panel and trim edges.

ASSEMBLY

  • Layer the DSP panel as shown.
  • Use Dimensionals behind the gnome.
  • Add a die-cut snowflake or adhesive-backed snowflakes. I used the snowflake die-cut from the retired Colorful Seasons dies.

OPTIONAL: MAKING MULTIPLES

If you are interested in making multiples of this card, here are some cutting and stamping tips to get the most out of your supplies.

 

Create (10) 3″ x 4-1/4″ card panels
  • Trim DSP at 4-1/4″ twice as shown
  • Then trim the 4-1/4″ pieces to 3″ with final size being 3″ x 4-1/4″
  • Trim remaining 3-1/2″ x 12″ piece to 3″ x 12″ (save remaining 1/2″ for another project)
  • Then trim the 3″ x 12″ piece into 3″ x 4-1/4″ with 3″ x 3-1/2″ remaining for another project)
Stamp 12 gnomes for coloring & fussy cutting
  • Use a clear block to stamp gnome images
    • Memento Tuxedo Black if watercoloring
    • Basic Gray if coloring with Stampin’ Blends
  • Fussy cut images leaving a little white border TIP: Use sharp Paper Snips and move the paper while cutting. Go slow all the way around the image in the same direction.
Emboss sentiment
  • Cut 4-14″ x 1/2″ strips
  • Line up sentiment on Stamparatus plate
  • Position strip with sentiment to the right of center
  • Add thick washi tape to mark edges for lining up strips TIP: I use the thicker glimmer washi tape because the cardstock does not ‘slip’ over the tape.
  • Stamp and heat emboss TIP: I do one at a time so that the craft ink does not dry. Embossing powder will not stick to dry ink.

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