Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Gnome For The Holidays Card #2

IT'S SNOWING!!!  I can hear many of you cringing, but I LOVE winter!  It's my favorite season.  As I type this and look out my window with a mug of hot tea at my side, dainty snowflakes are falling and I'm itching to go for a run.  Running in the snow is serene, calming, and beautiful.

But, again, many of you are saying, "No, Nicole. Stamping inside while it's snowing outside is serene, calming, and beautiful."  I agree with that, too!  And I have more adorable gnomes to hopefully inspire you to pull out your stamps, paper, and ink for a calming stamp therapy session.

 

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Just like Monday's card, I used Stampin' Blends to color the gnomes from the Gnome For The Holidays set.  What I was really going for, though, on this card was texture - lots of texture!  Notice the embossed background, the distressed edges of the 'Tis The Season Designer Series Paper, and the soft white felt the gnomes lay on.  Yes, that's felt!  

You may have missed this in the Mini Catalog - Festive Felt Sheet Combo Pack.  The four colors of  Early Espresso, Just Jade, Real Red, and Whisper White can be used together or separately.  The felt can be die-cut and embossed, too!  It has a thicker weight to it so it feels extra-soft and touchable.

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To get the different shades in my coloring, I used both the light & dark versions of each Stampin' Blends combo pack.  I like to color with the light marker first, add a bit of the dark marker to areas that would naturally be shadowed, then go over it all again with the light marker.  

🌞Joyful Stamper Tip: Don't be afraid to color!  I am not a coloring expert.  I do not have special training and I never took classes to learn this.  I'm just a girl who loves to play with paper, ink, and color.  Here's what to do - grab a sheet of Whisper White cardstock, a Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, and a stamp set with open images (like Gnome For The Holidays).  Fill the sheet with stamped images, turn on a podcast or TV show, and just color.  You'll love some, you'll trash some, but it will be fun and you'll have a treasure trove of ready-to-apply images to your next card!

Card Recipe (supply list link is below these steps)

  • Fold in half at 4-1/4" a 5-1/2"x8-1/2" piece of Garden Green cardstock.
  • Emboss a 5-1/8"x4-1/8" piece of Garden Green cardstock with any folder and glue to card base.
  • Die-cut from Real Red cardstock a border using the Ornate Borders Dies.
  • Glue the border to the left edge of a 2"x4-1/4" piece of 'Tis The Season Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Glue finished piece to the left side of the card.
  • Glue (2) 1/4"x2-3/4" pieces of Real Red cardstock to the DSP, towards the right side of it.
  • Stamp a greeting in Real Red on a Whisper White piece die-cut from the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Glue to the card.
  • Glue a 4"x2-1/4" piece of Whisper White felt to the card.
  • Cut a 1/4"x2-3/4" strip of Real Red cardstock and glue to the left side of the felt.  Add 3 Holiday Basics Rhinestone jewels.
  • Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock the 3 gnome images.  Color with Stampin' Blends.  Trim with Paper Snips and glue to the felt.

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Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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