Hanging with my Gnomies

HAHA! Hannah here, the ole wreath lover, with ANOTHER wreath for you! The holidays are coming, I just couldn’t help myself!

I really like non-traditional takes of the traditional holiday colors. Lime Green, Pinky Reds, Turquoise. YUM! It is with those colors in mind that I attacked this project.

I’m a HUGE lover of the Pop-Tone Cardstock from Cut Cardstock. It’s 80lb, so it’s heavy-duty without being crazy thick; it is smooth, as smooth as butter; the colors this cardstock comes in are so delicious.

I have a lot of the Pop-Tone Cardstock, but I find myself drawn to three colors in particular: Blue Raspberry, Limeade, and Razzleberry. You can see the lunch box notes I’d made my daughter at the beginning of school with these three colors here.

Take a quick look at how you can transform colored cardstock:

Plain paper, WITHOUT any embellishment.
Copic Marker colored the beard and ‘stache, Catherine Pooler Dye Inks added vibrancy and depth to the colored portions.
Just a hint of white pen, to bring an extra POP to this project, it looks nothing like the plain paper before!

These gnomes that I created, and the sentiment that goes with them, I found as an SVG file on Etsy. It is helpful to know the bare minimum of the software you use to edit SVG files. In my case I used Adobe Illustrator, I was able to easily edit the size of the gnomes and text, as well as to separate the layers out, making cutting so much easier!

I had originally designed my wreath to look like this. I had sprayed the wooden wreath with some Lindy’s Starburst Sprays, then with some sprayable Mod Podge and scattered fake snow while that was still wet. The Mod Podge was the only thing that the snow needed to glue it down!

I was dissatisfied with this final result. It just looked so plain.

Raise your hand if you’re like me and have TONS of holiday decorations that you just never use? Just me? I didn’t think I’d be alone here, Lol!

Fortunately, I have a bunch of small Christmas ornaments we never use, and some garland I was willing to donate to the cause. I like this spruced up version so much better!

What do you think? Do you like it better plain, or with the decorations?

I used the following products on this project:

That long ribbon paper? That’s two strips of long white paper adhered together, I kept the seam behind the wreath, you would never know it wasn’t one long paper!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today! I hope I’ve inspired you and that you go out and create something awesome!

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