Gnomes are really in this Christmas. I had placed an order for the Simon Says Stamp November Kit which included gnome dies, a stamp set with fun gnome and tree images as well as sentimens, cardstock and envelopes, a Life Changing blender brush and a few other goodies. My order was taking so long to get shipped (I guess because kits go out at the end of the month) that I felt I would not have time to post projects with it before Christmas came and went (lots of travel for me this month). So I decided to look for an alternative so that I could satisfy my gnome craving before Christmas.
I have never made a card solely with “print and cut” elements but I went to the Silhouette Design Store to look around. After a quick search for print & cut gnomes, I came across this set from Lori Whitlock called Christmas Gnome Stickers (design number 307093 ). The gnomes are very similar to the ones you die cut with the SSS die set and you can recolor and resize the elements to suit your needs. You also get a few sentiments. The original gnomes were traditional Christmas colors (mostly green and red) but I wanted some navy in there. Since I planned to use Stampin’ Up! Cardstock (Real Red), I used the Hex code for that color for my recoloring. I also used the hex code for Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy. I printed the gnomes onto 80lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock with my Canon Pixma printer.
The card base is Real Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up!. I stamped a few snowflakes from the SU! Colorful Seasons stamp set with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. You can see how well that ink stands out on the colored cardstock.
For the circular background, I partially inked up some Bristol Smooth White cardstock with some Distress Oxide Stormy Sky Ink. I then die cut a circle that’s about 3.25″ in diameter and glued it directly to the card base. I then added the gnomes and sentiment with some foam tape.
I have to confess that I still prefer stamping my images but the process was so quick using the print & cut file that I can definitely see myself doing this a little more frequently, especially when I might not use a stamp set of that kind a lot or I am pressed for time.
If you are a new Silhouette Cameo user, I highly recommend you check out Kristen’s YouTube channel at Kristen // k.becca. She has a series of very informative print & cut videos. Thanks for stopping by!
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