Friday, August 26, 2011

A Lily Pad Technique Challenge!

I really wanted to do something completely different with the resist challenge for Lily Pad Cards, you know break out of my usual and do something totally new.  I'm pretty sure that Gnomes were the way to go with that goal in mind. Who would have thought that these little gnomes from Sweet Stamp Shop could capture my imagination, I mean I didn't really even care much for them before I saw their whimsical little family of "gnomies".  So properly inspired I set out to find the perfect resist technique to use.

I remembered a fun class I went to at an industry show taught by Mitra of Impression Obsession. It involved stamping on Krome-coat cardstock that provided the perfect resist surface. IO has lots of "Cover a Card" background stamps that are perfect for this technique. I used the Small Paisley to stamp the background along with the all the paper-pieced bits. I found the Krome-coat cardstock at Kelly Paper.

I "resisted" the urge to use bold red and yellow colors on this even though they are traditional for Gnomes. I decided to go with a softer palette for this cute and feminine "gnomette".

Here's the run-down:
First I panicked because the deadline was fast approaching and I had bin full of rejected and failed attempts.
You can skip this step!

 For the Background: Stamp the Small Paisley Cover a Card stamp with Versamark on Neenah Tiara White cardstock. Emboss with clear EP.  Using direct-to-paper technique, cover the stamped image with Hero Hues Chalk Ink in Iris. Use a baby wipe to remove the excess ink from the embossed image. Trim to size, round the bottom corners and attach to the Kraft card base.

For the Gnome: On Krome-coat card stock, stamp Hero Arts Friend Definition with Versamark ink. Let dry completely. Stamp over the Friend Def with Small Paisley twice, once with Iris and once with Poppy Chalk ink. Stamp the Gnome image on Tiara white cs and on the Iris and Poppy stamped papers. Color the white version with Copics and cut out. Cut out the hat and dress from the other papers. Piece these together, add a gem and set aside.

For the Landscape Scene: Stamp Small Paisley with Versamark ink on Krome-coat cardstock. After it dries stamp over it with Hero Arts Clouds Background with Hero Hues Cerulean Chalk ink. This is just the coolest effect of the paisley swirling through the clouds and the sky.  Stamp Small Paisley on white cs with Grass Chalk ink and cut to resemble rolling hills and add to the sky panel. Stamp Small Paisley again with Poppy Chalk ink over a Versamark stamped flower image by The Craft's Meow. Punch out a 1" circle.  Assemble the sky, hills and sun to fit a 3.25" circle die and cut out. Cut a slightly larger black circle using the outside of the circle die as a template, and a kraft scalloped circle and layer together.

Put it all together using dimensional foam adhesive (my favorites are by Scrapbook Adhesives) and add the cute little sentiment from the Gnomies set. The little button flower is by K&Company and has been in my stash forever.

Now go visit Lily Pad Cards and join the resistance...sorry I couldn't resist the pun. Doh!

I've been spending lots of time reading Psalms lately, so much good stuff here!

~ Psalm 33:20-22 ~
We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.
Let Your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in You alone.


  1. Adorable card and such a sweet scene! Love that resist technique and happy to see you playing with that "gnomette", too!

  2. Sweet card Nancy, love the inspiration and I will definately be playing alaong!!

  3. Sweet, Nancy! I have a gnome in my yard who would love to meet this lovely lady......great technique!

  4. Another really fun card, Nancy! I have a daughter who is really crazy for gnomes...she even has a gnome bowling set! lol I didn't know there were stamps around.
    Thank you for another great verse from Psalms! Oh yes! LOTS of good stuff there!...Nancy :o)

  5. Such fun! and so many details and lovely colors! I can't believe you emboss and resisted every little piece !

  6. what a great little piece of art! suitable for a frame for a cute little wall hanging! the gnome is adorable!

  7. Nancy, I would have loved to be sitting next to you, watching you create this adorable scene! Perfect colors and that gnome really is cute! Clever sentiment too! Hugs! :)

  8. So sweet and cute, Nancy! Thanks for sharing how you achieved this awesome look! HUGS!

  9. LOL! I always manage to do step #1! Love how you used the resist steps on all the different areas in different colors. Super cute Gnomie!

  10. I love all the patterns Nancy! They just look wonderful with the resist technique!

  11. OHHH! I LOVE that you created a gnome with soft colors! Totally inspired! You rocked these stamps:) FUN FUN FUN!

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  12. Nancy, this is just too cute! It's funny how gnomes are pretty pop right now, and you just made them hot! This card is not only adorable, but smokin'! :-)

  13. Love the little gnomes and especially how you used softer colors. I am having a hard time resisisting that set!


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