Happy Easter Gnome

Here is my card using the inspiration sketch I posted last week! Can I just say with as simple as this card looks, it was a huge challenge!

I like to think I know what I am doing when I make cards, but this one got me. While it looks so simple, there are many elements. For me the biggest challenge was getting everything lined up in the circle die cut opening. I used a die cut a circle that I cut in half for the grass effect, then added a bit of Granny Apple Green ink on the edges to add shading. I used a piece of Balmy Blue behind the grass layer for the sky.

The stamp set that this card features is an off brand at Amazon.com, and let me tell you it is a terrible stamp set. It to a lot of work and my stamp positioning tool to get a usable image out of the stamp. No more non-name brand stamps for me! Once I got a few useable images, I spent a good amount of time practicing shading with my Copic markers. Because practice is the only way to learn something!

I used my Scan N Cut to cut the Gnomes and flowers. I forgot to add some lines to the tulips when I cut them on the Scan N Cut and ended up having to do another batch. I decided to fussy cut the second batch with scissors. I try to avoid as much fussy cutting as I can to help prevent tendentious flare ups in my arm, but sometimes it is just quicker.

I did use the Happy Easter from the Colorado Crafting Company stamp set I have, I just adore the font. I heat embossed it using the WOW! Primary Ebony embossing powder. I can not RAVE about this embossing powder enough! I have used a few other brands in the past and have never loved the look of the black. I normally have to fill in missing spots with a black maker. NOT this time!!! I am so glad I picked up the WOW! starter pack at SimonSaysstamp.com. LOVE LOVE LOVE it and I can’t wait to try the other colors in the pack.

I have a lot to learn when it comes to Copic coloring, but one thing I did figure out while I worked on this card, I really like the Express It paper for Copic coloring. I tried a few other types of paper after watching tons and tons of YouTube videos and was lucky to have some in my stash. I had forgotten about it, after I became a Stampin’ Up demo I cleared most of the none Stampin’ Up! product out of my craft room. I figured singular focus was good. But now that I am no longer going to be a demo, I am moving some my stash back in to get used up! And doing a bit of shopping if I am being honest!

I hope you enjoyed this card. If you did Leave a comment and let me know! Until next time, Happy Crafting.

Megan

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