I nearly didn’t make this card. I’m really not a fan of gnomes — I’ve only ever made one other card with gnomes on it and that was done with a particular person in mind — and I didn’t want to make a card I am unlikely to use (my card stash is big enough as it is). But I’ve been doing the Gerda Steiner progressive challenge for quite a while now and it seems a shame to just drop out. So I fished around for inspiration and decided to make an easel wedding card.
The gnomes were simply coloured with Copic markers, fussy-cut out and a bit of sparkle added to the flowers and belt buckle.
The flower arch got a light coat of translucent shimmer paint before being fussy-cut out. I randomly dotted the flowers with three colours of Nuvo jewel drops and put it to one side to dry. Then I cut a piece of acetate to go behind it — to stop it flopping over when the easel card was propped open — and glued that in place.
For the inside of the card, I die-cut two bouquets and cut one of them in half vertically. I picked a selection of red Copic markers and coloured in the flowers. I glued the two halves to the edges of the card base. The complete bouquet was stacked on the test die-cut I had done (which didn’t cut all the internal pieces out cleanly) and given a coat of pico embellisher on the individual flowers. Once that was dry, it was also glued into the card. Making the centre bouquet double thickness ensured that the easel edge would have something to rest against. The die-cut flowers were quite bright compared to the outside of the card so I toned them down a little by blending some pink Distress oxide ink over them.
I scored the card base halfway up the front, glued the arch to the lower half, and popped the gnomes up on some foam squares.
Although I did manage to make a card I am reasonably happy with in the end, it is still destined to languish in my stash as I don’t have any weddings coming up.
- Gerda Steiner Designs progressive challenge – April
skin – E00, E21, V20
hair – E11, E13, E15, E17
beard – W00, W1, W3
eyes – B0000, 0
roses – R43, R35, R46, G14
bride – YR0000, E40, E41, E42
groom – T2, T3, R4, T5, T7
bouquet die-cuts – R08, R14, R29, R35, R43, R46, R59, RV25
- digital stamps:
Gerda Steiner designs – gnome couple
Tiddly Inks – Amanda’s arch
Fuzzy Lemon – bouquet
Nuvo jewel drops – strawberry coulis, rosewater, grey mist
Distress Oxide – tattered rose
Irresistible pico embellisher – shimmer
- paper and card:
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pearly shimmer
Neenah solar white 216gsm