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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Floral Gnome

     When Simon Says Stamp came out with these gnomes, I saw so many different possibilities! And while the "cuteness factor" in card making had never really played a part in my own personal designs; I found this one irresistible! This little gnome found its way into my heart and opened another door to the thought of incorporating other imagery like this into my own designs. He is also the star of my entry for The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!  
      Tim Holtz  refers to "making" as a creative journey and surprises like this lead me to believe that you never really know where you are headed. 
     So while your enjoying the scenery on your own journey, don't forget to look up at the billboard that reads "Never say never"...lol! Gnomes, who would have thought?!!! I love these little guys!
      And as you're quite aware, I also love florals. So when I saw the "floral" theme of the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, I knew this little guy was going on a wood swing...
                            in the middle of a flower garden...
                                 in a far away land!  
       First, can I call attention to this gorgeous paper from Adorn it! Oh my goodness! Might be my favorite paper pack (“Wildflower”)!     Ok, back to the tutorial...
I used Alcohol Inks to create a wood swing with the Tim Holtz "Lumber 3D Embossing Folder." I like to call it "turning paper back into wood!" Its one of my favorite effects because it's so easy and it looks so amazingly real! Just look at that wood!      
     My choice of alcohol ink colors for wood are Teakwood, Ginger, and Sepia. 
I used flowers from Tim's Idea-ology, "Bouquets" pack and I also handmade a few with the "Tiny Tattered Florals" die set. This is an older set that involves a bit of "quilling" to form 3D flowers. Ahhhh.... don't fret! Die cut a bunch, sit on the couch, and roll away! It's so worth it! I promise!
     Of course I used the left over alcohol ink from another project to swipe up a bit of color to tint the petals of the flowers! (Nothing wasted, even in art!) This Gnome was part of the Simon Says Stamp December kit that also came with a huge set of stamps.    
     I found that if you turned the Christmas trees over, they make nice little stems for flowers! 

     You can guess how many times I'll be doing that in the future as well as how many times I'll be using this adorable little gnome! I really hope you enjoyed this one! It was so much fun to create! 

   So much thanks to Simon Says Stamp for creating yet another die that adds endless possibilities to my own designs, to your amazing Design Team for endless inspiration, and of course to Tim Holtz for countless tutorials and support for all of us "makers" on so many mixed media techniques for every level. Until next time...
                                 stay creative and 
                                      Never say never!

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool, sheila! I love that you've used AI's to color your 'wood' wing and flowers (of course, queen of AI's!) You've taken this gnome from being cute to being a real hipster in this mixed media masterpiece. Question: what paper did you use to emboss with the Lumber embossing folder? I need to make some wood and, I'd like to give your technique a try if you don't mind sharing. I will certainly link back to your blog if I go with it. TIA! Sara Emily


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