This month with the Creativity Abounds crew is all about birthdays, and I wanted to break out my watercolour pencils for this little pencil coloured gnome card. I absolutely adore this upcoming gnome set, with their cute hats and gorgeous little flowers, and that mini mushroom house, oh my heart!
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I started this pencil coloured gnome card by simply stamping the gnome, the balloon and the mushroom in Basic Grey ink and then just colouring it in with my watercolour pencils. I absolutely love the quality of these Stampin’ Up! pencils, and I quite often use them without water, personally. The have such a lot of pigment in them and sharpen to a really fine point, so you can get all that great detail in.
The colours I used are Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Basic Grey, Black, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry (for the mushroom stalk), Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil delight.
The grass behind is from the Heron die set. I sponged some Granny Apple Green ink lightly onto a piece of basic white card and then die cut this twice. I cut apart the greenery and layered behind the coloured imaged.
This is all pieced together on a piece of Basic White cardstock measuring 7cm x 11cm and backed onto a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock measuring 7.5cm x 11.5cm. The card base is also made from Coastal Cabana cardstock, a piece measuring 21cm x 14.5cm scored in half at 10.5cm.
I tried several different pieces of patterned paper as my mat for this card, but everything I used seemed to detract from the main focal point, and I really wanted the coloured images to stand out. The new, upcoming, Vellum Basics DSP was the perfect solution, giving enough interest but subtle enough to make this pencil coloured gnome card really work.
To stick the vellum down, I firstly used dimensionals to adhere the coloured panel to the front of it, then used some tear and tape on the back of the vellum behind the panel, so the adhesive doesn’t show. I affixed this to the card base and added a few gems and a touch of ribbon. I didn’t think it needed a sentiment personally!
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Until next time, Happy Stamping xx
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