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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Gnomes and Baubles (by Judith)

Hello everyone, we have been having some really hot weather recently, so it's the perfect time to share some of our recent Christmas projects with you that we featured on last month's TV shows on Hochanda. It feels so strange to be preparing Christmas projects at the hottest time of the year but we always need to be one step ahead as crafters, don't we?

I have a few projects to show you today, and thought that I would start with some of the cards that I made featuring the delightful A Tomte Christmas stamp set. I stamped the large gnome and masked him before adding a background using a torn paper mask and Distress Ink in blue and grey tones. I added first and second generation stamped trees from the Trees a Crowd stamp set.

I removed the mask and coloured the image with Koh-I-Noor pencils and added some soft pencil shading around the base of the trees to ground them.

For my second card, I used the trio of gnomes, and started by colouring a die cut oval using Distress Ink. I stamped the image onto a spare piece of card using brown ink and I coloured the image with Distress Ink and a water brush, adding pencil shading over the top. I fussy cut the image and attached it to the oval.

I created a little tag and stamped the sentiment, adding some baker's twine. To assemble the card, I used a piece of music paper as a background, added brown card as a matting layer and some pretty red ribbon to finish.

I liked the vintage colours on this card, and made a matching tag using one of the circular acrylic baubles that we had on the show. I used Archival Ink to stamp the image, acrylic paint to colour the image, and again used music paper for the background.

My final project for today also features the acrylic tags. I coloured them with alcohol inks, and stamped on top of them using white acrylic paint. I used images from the Shaded Baubles stamp set and The Christmas Garden. As long as you clean your stamps straight away, you can use paint to stamp with, no problem.

I chose a mixture of bright colours for the tags. These would look great on the tree at Christmas, or as beautiful sun catchers hung in a window.

I added matching twine and a bit of Stickles for a bit more bling.

I will be back later in the month with a few more projects to share with you. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx


  1. Lovely cards Judith, I must try the alcohol Inks and paint on acrylics

  2. Beautiful cards and amazing baubles Judith, love them all, Kate x

  3. Beautiful cards and tags, love these cute gnomes! The tags shaped as baubles look amazing!!

  4. Two fabulous gnome cards Judith, and the background scene and then the music on the second both work beautifully, and love the matching tag using the music paper and bauble stamp, and the acrylic tags with the AI's are gorgeous. x

  5. Lovely - such a lot of inspiration :)

  6. GREAT inspiration and beautiful, thank you


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