OK, so confession time, how much patterned paper do you have?! I try and keep my stash manageable, but I do have more than I realistically have room for, so today’s project is a paper stash buster! I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
USING UP PAPER SCRAPS
Before I crack on describing how I made this card, I used an older Simple Stories patterned paper. Now if you want to join in with a little paper stash busting, don’t go out and buy new papers. Really, don’t do it LOL. Instead, concentrate on using what you have. I’m sure if you look, you’ll find small patterns that work well with paper piecing die cuts such as I did with this Gnome die.
I’m really enamoured with this Gnome die. It cuts a background piece to mount the die cuts on, I used Bazzill Marshmallow for this (the soft white toned well with the patterned paper), and then I cut all the other elements except the nose from the Simple Stories patterned paper. I cut the nose from more Neenah Solar White card and lightly coloured it with Copics for a rosy glow. Then I pieced all the bits together, using foam adhesive for some layers to give more dimension.
Next, I stamped the Leaves and Berries background in clear embossing ink on Fog card and white heat embossed before die cutting with a Nesting Circle die. I used this subtle background piece to collage the gnome along with sprigs of leaves cut using the Leaf Branch Oval die and trimmed. I finished with a sentiment from the Secret Garden set, stamped in clear embossing ink and white heat embossed on brown patterned paper and then cut to a banner and added to the collage. I finished the focal point with some old enamel dots – more stash busting.
I then foam mounted the circle onto a panel of patterned paper which in turn was foam mounted onto a Bazzill Marshmallow card base.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
I absolutely HAD to buy this gnome die as soon as I saw it; now I’m trying to decide what other elements I can use, keeping you card as an inspiration. Yet another wonderful card! (And, I believe, you are the only person to make a gnome appear “elegant!”)