I said I was going to be crafty today and I'm proud of myself for not breaking that "promise". I decided to make something for my dad that I've been putting off for a while. He loves gnomes and I bought a stamp set (over a year ago) that has a gnome; some flowers and other garden-y things; and the statement, "Gnome Sweet Gnome"; but I have yet to use it for anything. I also have a paper pad that is earthy/woodsy that I bought to use with my Create A Critter Cricut cartridge, but, surprise, have yet to use that for anything either. I decided when we moved to our new house (in December) that I wanted to make him something to put in a frame that uses the stamps and paper, since they were just hanging out in my craft room collecting dust. I used the paper to inspire me and I planned out what I wanted to do, but have yet to execute it - until today, that is! I finally decided to get the ball rolling and make this piece for my dad. So here's what I made and a step-by-step tutorial on how to make it. As always, you can customize this project to fit your needs. Maybe use the Create a Critter cart to make a cute scene or use a patterned paper with solid letters to spell out someone's name... The choice is yours. As always be creative and don't let what I did limit you - your imagination is the limit!!!
Supplies needed for my version of the project:
- paper - two patterned ones, a white scrap, some kraft, and a coordinating piece (yellow in my case)
- stamps, ink and sponge
- Tim Holtz Fence die for Big Shot
- Big Shot
- colored pencils
- frame to put finished piece in - I used a clear one that has a magnet on the back, but you could use a regular one either with or without the glass - I recently did a project at my SU! demo's house that used a frame with no glass that had butterflies and flowers. It was a really cute project! I will upload a picture on Friday... I have the picture on my phone and it's not cooperating :(
|All the supplies, minus the BigShot|
The first thing I did was stamp Mr. Gnome on the white cardstock with brown ink. Stamping on the white will allow me to color the image in with the colored pencils.
|Mr. Gnome, stamped on white with brown ink|
|Mr. Gnome, all colored in with the colored pencils|
I then cut the image out with scissors.
|Mr. Gnome, all cut out|
After Mr. Gnome, I worked on the sentiment. I stamped Gnome Sweet Gnome on the yellow cardstock and cut it out.
|Stamped on yellow cardstock with brown ink|
Then I cut out a mat for the sentiment from the patterned paper.
|Patterned paper mat|
Then all that's left for this element is to glue the two together.
My next step was to cut out the fence. I originally used white, but I didn't like the way it looked when I put it on the paper, so I went with kraft instead. I used my Tim Holtz die and my BigShot to cut it out. [Side note - My BigShot is my new favorite tool! It has sooo many uses and it was totally worth the purchase.]
|Paper and die "sandwich" going into the machine...|
|...and a paper fence came out of the machine.|
After cutting it out, I put it on the paper, but didn't like how it looked. It just looked too plain, so I inked it with a sponge and the brown ink. The inked edges just make it "pop" off the page.
|Inking the fence with brown ink and a sponge on some scrap paper|
Now came the tricky part - cutting the base for all of my elements. It was tricky because I wanted to use two parts of the paper - the top with the clouds / birdy and the bottom with the grass. The frame is 4x6, but the paper is 12x12, so that doesn't really fit... I needed a plan! I decided to use the insert from the frame as a guide to cut the paper. I temporarily attached the frame insert to the paper where I wanted to cut from the bottom. After that was cut out, I cut a section of the top out that included the birds and clouds. The paper I went with has a subtle background pattern, and after I tried to just throw the two pieces together, I realized that I would need to line up the pattern, otherwise it would look extremely weird.
|The frame with insert|
|The two pieces after I lined up the background - note the overhang on the left - that is where the top piece meets the bottom piece. See how well it's lined up so you can't see where the two meet on the main section?|
|The whole page I used - you can see where I cut out the two pieces and how I eliminated the middle section|
And then, all that's left is the assembly. I added the elements one at a time, using the tacky glue to attach. First the fence, then the sentiment, and, finally, Mr. Gnome.
|First the fence...|
|...then the sentiment...|
|...and, finally, Mr. Gnome!|
As with all my projects, I have a big mess to clean up - the only downfall to crafting haha
I hope you enjoyed this project! Now, please excuse me while I clean up my stuff :) Happy Crafting!!!