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WCMD2020 – Holly Jolly

Now that it is October, it feels like it is time to start on Christmas and holiday cards in earnest. I reserve the right to make more fall cards but it is getting to be that time of year.

The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set is one that I’ve wanted to work with for a few weeks now. Please note that I am not an expert colorist, especially when it comes to using the Blends, however, it is a quite therapeutic to color. You may have to mute your inner perfectionist, if you have one, while coloring, but it is actually quite fun. Repeat after me, ‘this is a home made card and it is okay if it has personality!’ I’m still working on this one myself.


Cardstock and Dimensions

  • Misty Moonlight – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Poppy Parade – 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/4 x 4, scrap for stamping and die cutting gnomes
  • Soft Suede – scrap for fence die cut
  • Pear Pizzazz – scrap for greeting
  • Whisper White – 5 1/4 x 4 for inside of card


Stamp tree house in black ink on the piece of 5 1/4 x 4 thick Whisper White cardstock. Memento black ink is safe for use with alcohol markers and will not smear when using the Stampin’ Blends. Using various Blends markers, color in the tree house, stones, and lights. I used mostly Cinnamon Cider on the house and Soft Suede on the door.

Stamp the gnomes on scrap thick Whisper White with black ink, color with blends,  then cut out with paper snips and set aside for now.

Die cut the fence using the die from Autumn Wheelbarrow Dies. Trim fence as needed to fit your card. The fence on this card is one die cut that was cut apart and trimmed.

Sponge Pear Pizzazz ink onto the piece of thick Whisper White where you stamped and colored the tree house. I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I used a flat make-up brush to do the sponging, but you could use a sponge or sponge dauber. I prefer the makeup brush because it fits my sponging style and looks better. Use what works best for you.

Adhere Poppy Parade layer to Misty Moonlight card base and then the thick Whisper White layer to the Poppy Parade cardstock. Attach fence with adhesive of choice then pop gnomes up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and attach to card front. Use light Gray Granite Blend to shade just underneath each gnome to give them a shadow and ground them. It’s a small thing but makes a big difference.

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of Pear Pizzazz cardstock with Versamark ink then use white embossing powder to heat emboss greeting. Die cut using label die from Tasteful Labels Dies and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the third gnome onto the bottom left corner in black ink, then adhered the Whisper White cardstock to the card base.

The rest is up to you…stamp a greeting inside or write something from the heart.

I had such fun making this card. I think I must have smiled a lot while I was making it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!



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