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Christmas Gnomes

I have made a few really simple Christmas cards and thought I would share some tips for colouring with Stampin’ Blends.

These little guys are so cute, they stamp beautifully and are nice and quick to colour. You can have lots of fun choosing colour combinations for the clothes.

I'm sure there are many ways to colour and blend with alcohol markers but the way I'm showing you here is quick and easy and pretty much foolproof.

The picture above shows the three stages of colouring in two different colour combos. The images are pretty small so I have used the bullet (rather than brush) end of the pens.

Stage one is mostly adding the dark shading -

Gnome 1 - Orchid Oasis, Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate, Petal Pink

Gnome 2 - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede,

Petal Pink

Gnome 3 - Bermuda Bay, Fresh Freesia, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede

At this stage I have also used Light Smoky Slate for a little shadowing on the beards.

Stage two is adding light shading in the same colours as stage one.

Stage three is to add a complimentary colour on the hats -

Gnome 1 - Balmy Blue (dark)

Gnome 2 - Real Red (dark)

Gnome 3 - Pool Party (dark)

When using your final colour (light at stage two, or complimentary at stage three) go over the whole area to blend in nicely. You can always add a few more touches of dark if you feel it's needed.

Once coloured, I die cut my gnomes, two for each card.

I've used Charming Landscapes embossing folders to add some texture to my white panels. I love these magical scenes and think they work really well with the gnomes.

Each card has a coloured cardstock layer underneath the embossed white rectangle, Starry Sky, Cherry Cobbler and Bermuda Bay and I've used the same colours to stamp the sentiment, die cut using Stitched Rectangles Dies.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items used here, you will find product links below. Please use this months host code and if your order is over £30 you will get a hand made thank you card and small gift from me.

Thanks for looking,

Katie x


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