I bought the stamp set Gnome Sweet Gnome and the matching sentiments Gnomenclature awhile ago and had never used it. This weekend, I thought of the perfect card for these sets!!! I was actually trying to come up with a project to use my Cottage Window stamp set and thought of making a Gnome house! But I wanted to use the Cottage Window stamp set, so it would have to be from the inside of the Gnome house. I had thought about making furniture but decided to keep it simple.
I started out with the Cottage Window set. It is so cute!!! I stamped the window in Early Expresso on Whispering White.
I colored the fall leaves in the window with Stampin' Up markers after it was stamped. I love Fall!!! I just picked colors that I liked for the leaves.
My next steps were to use my woodgrain embossing folder and the new Early Expresso Coredinations cardstock and then sand the woodgrain. I love this technique. It is simple and adds so much to a card! The new Coredinations cardstock is very fun to play with! I also stamped the Gnome out of my Gnome Sweet Gnome set in Early Expresso and colored him using Stampin' Up markers, then fussy cut him out. I added some of my FREE (September ribbon promotion!) gumball green ribbon to the bottom and adhered my house to some Real Red cardstock and inked the edges with a sponge. I realized when I posted this, I didn't take pictures of those steps.....I think I got distracted and involved in the card and forgot!!!! GEESH!!!
My card still needed something. Then, I thought about my new set I just bought Lovely Little Labels. This set is SSSSSOOOO cute!!! Of course, I had to get the matching punches too!!
Aren't those punches adorable!!!!! When I first saw this set in the catalog, I thought it was cute but what would I use it for?? I think this little set adds just the right amount of "something" to projects. I have seen it used for little tags hanging from twine. I finally ordered it and I am so glad!!!! These are my new favorite punches!!!
I stamped the mini label stamp and added the key inside it, and then punched it out. I just can't get over how cute these are!!!!
I added the key to the card. I thought it still needed something, so I added the hearts to the corners which is in the Lovely Little Labels set as well. My card needed a sentiment, and I wanted to use the Gnomenclature set. This picture is important because you can see one of my best tips, when added a sentiment to your ALMOST finished card, it is tricky. You can mess up and then your whole card is bad. I use a scrap piece of paper to stamp the sentiment first. I do this to make sure the sentiment is in the right direction. That seems funny to say, but yes, it has happened!!! I can fix a lot of errors, or place an embellishment over an OOPPSS...but I can't fix it if my sentiment is upside down!!! Stamp on scrap paper first!!!
Now to add to my card base, and yes, I am using Crumb Cake!
Hope you liked the new Gnome Home card!