Hej everyone, this is Martina from @fraupony and I am truly excited to be a guest on the Spellbinders Blog again. Today’s post will be focusing on the Gnome Drive Collection – A super sweet and versatile collection that accompanies us throughout the whole year. The Gnome, the car and his Christmas accessories come with the Gnome Drive “Holiday” set. There are 4 more ”Gnome Drive” sets for Valentine’s day, Spring/St. Patrick’s day, Graduation, and Halloween. All these sets come with many great dies which inspired me to create today’s cardsAll three cards are a2 top fold cards, have individual backgrounds with a repeating pattern, created from die cuts made with the set and a sentiment from the “Gnome Drive” Clear Stamps.
Let’s have a closer look into the creating process of each card:
“Love you lots”
I have been die-cutting one of the hearts in the set 15x from white cardstock. The hearts have then been placed on a silicone mat (you could use any non-porous surface) where I have been spraying some water onto them all.
Then I started to add color from Distress Oxide Re-inkers to them. I have been using them on all three cards because I was looking for an aquarelle but dusty look. You could for example use watercolors or ink from water-soluble ink pads to colour your die cuts. Or you could just cut them from colored cardstock!
For my hearts, I have been using Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, and Picked Raspberry. Always beginning with the lightest color, I have been coloring them all. Using pieces from the “Holiday” and “Heart for you” set, I have been die-cutting the pieces for the Gnome. Whilst the hearts have been drying, I have been coloring these pieces with a mix of Distress Inks and Distress Oxides.
I have then been gluing the hearts onto my card panel, using a foam adhesive square on the back of each heart – this gives a great pattern and adds dimension to the background.
The Gnome is added with another layer of foam adhesive squares, the sentiment is directly glued onto the hearts, using Bearly Arts Glue.
“Best of Luck”
This card is generally created in a very similar way than the one before but there are some small differences:
The colors I have been using are: Mustard seed, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber. As the horseshoe is a two-layered die, I have been using Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber for the base layer Scattered Straw and a tiny amount of Mustard Seed.
When everything was dry, I have glued the horseshoe layers together and placed them on the card panel, using Bearly Arts Glue.
The lucky clover is colored with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide, the St. Patty’s Hat is die cut from a piece of black Glitter Cardstock and all the parts of the focal point are adhered with foam adhesive squares.
For this card, I have been die-cutting lots of the Christmas trees from the “Holiday” set. They are all colored with a mix of the Salvaged Patina, Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles Distress.
As I was looking for a dense pattern, I have been gluing the Christmas trees in two ways to my panel. Half of them is upstanding and the other half is upside down.
All parts for the gnome and his car are from the “Holiday” set and -again – colored with Distress oxide inks. Because it is a Christmas card, I have been painting the radiator grill with a glitter brush. The Gnome and the car are glued down with some foam adhesive squares to add dimension to the card.
And these are today’s cards. When I am looking at the sets from this collection, I see many more versions of these cards. Imagine a witch’s hat on top of a background filled with cats? Or a background filled with apples and one apple gets glasses and a graduation hat? You see – the options are endless! I hope you are inspired to get creative!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black AIP31468, Distress Oxide: Mowed Lawn TD056072, Mustard Seed TD056089, Festive Berries TD055952, Ranger Distress Oxide Refills: Mustard seed, Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Salvaged Patina, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles,