Two Versions of the Friendly Gnomes

I have two versions of the Friendly Gnomes for you today. The cards have the same design, I just changed the color palette.

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Sometimes we over-think things and feel like we have to come up with a different design for every card. So today, I wanted to show that you that you can change the look of a card, just by changing the colors.

Here, one card is in Calypso Coral and has a more masculine feel, whereas the other is in Fresh Freesia and has a more feminine feel.

The gnomes are from the new Friendly Gnomes stamp set.

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I can honestly say that I’m not a big gnome fan. In fact, I didn’t even purchase the recently retired Kindest Gnomes. However, they are easy to color and cut and have kind of grown on me.

Since both cards have the same design, the instructions below are for the one in Calypso Coral.

To make the card

  • Begin with a 4 ¼” x 11” piece of Calypso Coral cardstock, score and fold at 5 ½” to form your card base.
  • Crop a piece of Dandy Designs designer series paper (DSP) with the largest die from the Deckled Rectangles dies.
  • Adhere the rectangle to a 3 7/8” x 5 ¼” piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and attach to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (MLG).
Two Versions of the Friendly Gnomes
  • Stamp the following on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Memento black ink; a gnome, two flowers, a squirrel, and a bird.
  • Color your images in the following colors; Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Medium Light Natural Tone, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Suede.
  • Crop a mushroom in Crumb Cake, two patches of grass in Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and your gnome with the Gnomes dies and fussy cut the rest of the images. (fussy cut means to cut out with your Paper Snips)
  • Ink up the left-side of your Stripes & Splatters embossing folder with Versamark, place the mushroom inside, and run through your embossing machine. (hint- this will make the texture stand out more)

Time to assemble

  • Adhere the flowers, grass, and bird to the mushroom using MLG and attach it and the gnome and squirrel to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Memento black ink.
  • Crop the sentiment with the smallest die from the Deckled Rectangles dies.
  • Apply a strip of Stampin’ SEAL to the back of the sentiment, adhere a 4 ½” piece of Burlap ribbon, and attach to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Attach three Enamel Dot Essentials as shown.

 I would love to hear from you. Please let me know what you think of my Two Versions of the Friendly Gnomes cards.

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8 thoughts on “Two Versions of the Friendly Gnomes”

  1. Melissa, I love your Gnome cards. They are “out of this world” gorgeous! I will have to give your technique a try. Thanks for sharing it. Hugs, Sandi

  2. I’m not a gnome fan either but I actually purchased the gnome bundle at Christmas and made some cards. I fell in love with the swinging legs! I like both cards you did and am intrigued by your advice to use Versamark on the mushroom.

    • Thank you Rene! It is funny how they grow on you. The Versamark really adds some depth to the embossing, so you should definitely give it a try.

  3. I love how your cards look totally different from one another. What a great concept. One that I will incorporate into my card making. Thank you for sharing


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