> Gnome for the Holidays Fall Card - The Spot Challenge #130 - Rick Adkins

Gnome for the Holidays Fall Card - The Spot Challenge #130

 Have you wondered what else you could do with the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! August-December Mini Catalog?  Have you looked at it and thought that's a cute little Christmas set?  Or have you quickly turned the page because Gnomes freak you out?  

Well, I am hopefully going to change your mind a little about Gnomes and the Gnomes for the Holiday Stamp Set today!  The Gnomes for the Holiday Stamp Set can be used for more than just Christmas!  It all depends on how you treat them, and how you color them.  

Have you wondered what else you could do with the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! August-December Mini Catalog?  On my blog today I turn this cute little Christmas Set into a Fall Card.  Visit my post to learn how!

Tips & Tricks on Turning the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set into a Fall Card: 

Really and truly this is not as hard as you may think.  It all depends on what you pair the stamp set with and how you color it.  When I saw this stamp set in the August-December Mini Catalog I fell in love with the cute little line art images of the Gnomes and the Gnome Home and it was just begging to be colored.  I know that Gnomes are not everyone's cup of tea, and some people are down right scared of them, but I think they are super cute and couldn't wait to get my hands on them.  

This week's sketch Challenge over at The Spot gave me the perfect opportunity to pull out this set and add ink to paper.  But, I wasn't quite ready to make it as a Christmas Card just yet.  So I paired it with the Gilded Autumn Speciality Designer Series Paper and the Beautiful Autumn Bundle to create a fun little Fall themed card.  Here's the inspiration for this week's challenge at The Spot.  

You can play along with us at the Spot with this week's challenge by clicking here.  


I started my card with a Thick Whisper White card base that was cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and scored in and folded in half at 5 1/2".  I then added a large strip of the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper to the center.  I also added a small strip of the reverse side in the center also.  Next I stamped my Gnome on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Tuxedo Black Ink, and stamped the it again on a post it note.  I cut the gnome from the post it note and added it over the gnome on my cardstock to create a mask.  
Have you wondered what else you could do with the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! August-December Mini Catalog?  On my blog today I turn this cute little Christmas Set into a Fall Card.  Visit my post to learn how!

Once I had the gnome masked I could stamp the background.  I stamped the Gnome Home in the background in Tuxedo Black ink.  I removed the mask and I could start coloring everything with my Stampin' Blends.  When I color with my Stampin' Bends (which are alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! and are great for those that may want to get into using alcohol markers in your crafting because they come in a light and dark of the same color to make blending easy) I fill in the area I am coloring with the light Stampin' Blend first then add the dark and then blend it out with the light again.  
Have you wondered what else you could do with the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! August-December Mini Catalog?  On my blog today I turn this cute little Christmas Set into a Fall Card.  Visit my post to learn how!

I used the following color Stampin' Blends today:  
  • Cajun Craze
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Soft Suede
  • Just Jade
  • Magenta Madness
  • Misty Moonlight
  • Highland Heather 
  • Daffodil Delight 
  • Cinnamon Cider
  • Crumb Cake 
  • Gray Granite
  • Seaside Spray
  • Ivory 
  • Bronze
I started out by coloring my gnome first.  I colored his suite and hat in Cajun Craze. His beard with a little of the Gray Granite Stampin' Blends leaving a little white area where I wanted the highlights to be.  When coloring white areas you want to only add color to the shadow areas of the object.  

Next I colored in the Tree Home and the door.  I colored the ground of the pathway with Crumb Cake, and the stones with Gray Granite. After that I colored in the background behind the tree.  I used Misty Moonlight and Seaside Spray to do this.  Now I know what you are thinking if you have used Stampin' Blends you are sitting there saying that these colors are to far apart to make blend.  But it can be done! And here's how; take the darker of the color you want to blend and color some on a block.  Then take the next color that you want to blend out to and pick up a little of the color from the block and start coloring out until it starts to get lighter and back to where it should be.  Repeat until you have the entire area blended out.  Then color as normal.  

Have you wondered what else you could do with the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! August-December Mini Catalog?  On my blog today I turn this cute little Christmas Set into a Fall Card.  Visit my post to learn how!

After coloring the sky I flicked in my grass.  I started by flicking in some of the light Mossy Meadow and then would come back with the dark Mossy Meadow.  Some of the ink will blend the part that has not dried but some will not.  You will get the perfect looking grass with both light darks and in between colors.  After the color was complete I cut out the image with my Layering Square Dies and cut a scalloped square with the next size up in Soft Suede Cardstock.  I layered the two together and placed on the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I then stamped one of the leaves from the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set in Cajun Craze and stamped the inside in Bumblebee Ink.  I punched it out with the matching punch and added it to the Gnomes hat with a Mini Glue Dot.  I tied a tiny little bow with Linen Thread and added it to the hat and stem of the leaf with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  

Have you wondered what else you could do with the Gnome for the Holidays Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! August-December Mini Catalog?  On my blog today I turn this cute little Christmas Set into a Fall Card.  Visit my post to learn how!

I finished off my card by stamping the sentiment in Cajun Craze Ink at the bottom of the panel.  I used my Stamparatus to get the perfect impression and placement just right.  I then added a few of the Sequins for Everything to the card front to add a little sparkle.  Thanks for dropping by today If you need any of the supplies to create this card or other cards you can pick them up in my online store.  All the supplies that I used today are listed in the Stampin' Up! Shopping List below.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


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Rick