Keep Calm ‘Gnome’ Matter What!

Hello! Sharon here with one of my favorite current crafting trends. Who does’t love the little faceless gnomes or gonks as they are called in the UK?

To start the card you need to cut the parts of the gnome from different colored cardstock. You can color him with markers but the Pop-Tone Cardstock is perfect as there are so many colors to choose from. The die is one plate so needs to be ran through the die cutter a few times. Using the different colors of cardstock.

As he is only small, scraps work for this so keep all your off cuts. His pants are Jelly Bean Green, hat and sleeves are Wild Cherry, boots and gloves are Licorice Black. White card like Neenah Classic Crest works great here, it takes marker ink really well, this is the only coloring in the design.

Now all the pieces are cut they need gluing together, wet glue in a fine top bottle like Tombow Mono is great for this as some of the parts are tiny.

Next comes building the card, Using a cloud stencil, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink create a sky as the background.

The gnome needs something to stand on so you need to make him some ground. Using a Kraft cardstock and tearing instead of cutting gives a great effect. Brown bag Kraft Cardstock is perfect for this.

Inking the edges with Brown Corduroy Distress ink gives more depth. Just layer this on the bottom of the stenciled panel making sure that there is a section for your gnome to stand.

There is plenty of room to add a sentiment, mine is from Stampingbella. To add more interest you can add words in a number of ways. I have chosen to curve it in a semi-circle. This is easy to achieve with a stamping platform.

Next you need to build the card. Keeping it very simple so the design is the focus. Make a top folding card base, I am using Pewter Grey Cardstock. One letter sized piece cut in half length ways will give you 2 top folding A2 card bases.

You can use any adhesive to attach your topper. For this I am using foam tape to give dimension to an otherwise flat card.

How are you using gnomes in your crafts? I would love to know – tell me in the comments!

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