Happy Birthday Gnome – mixing brands video tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, How cute are the Trinity Stamps gnomes? I mix a few different brands on this card with an embossed background with a Pinkfresh Studios stamp and Brutus Monroe embossing powder and layered die cut sentiment by Catherine Pooler Designs.

Watch the video tutorial below or over at YouTube.  The products I use are listed throughout this post with the basic crafting needs linked at the bottom in two posts.

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Gnome Colouring

Onto Bristol card, stamp the gnome from Hello There by Trinity Stamps with Midnight ink. I use Catherine Pooler inks for all the colouring. Gently push down on the lid of a closed ink pad to transfer some ink to the inside of the lid.

My favourite way to colour is with a blender pen by Zig. A water-based marker with a real brush tip that I find more convenient than a paintbrush and pot of water. In other words, no risk of knocking over your water pot!


The gnome is coloured with Sand Castle and Black Jack inks from the Neutral collection.  With Something Borrowed ink for the hat.  This card will be going to my Dad for his birthday and I wanted a bright and happy card. (It will be sent from Milly).

The flower uses Chiffon, Catching Rays and In The Park from the Date Night collection, and Lime Rickey from the Life of the Party collection. (Lime Rickey and Something Borrowed inks are available as mini’s in the Life of the Party collection).


Ink Blend & Embossed Background

First, I messily ink blend with a blending brush the It’s A Boy ink colour onto a piece of Bristol card. I don’t want an even blue background – the lighter/white areas mimic clouds.  You are able to emboss with Catherine Pooler inks, as I only want to emboss the stripes I left the ink to dry completely.


I always make sure to use an anti-static powder bag before embossing. This removes the grease from any finger marks on the card and helps with cleaner embossed finishes.

The background stamp is Gradiating Stripes by Pinkfresh Studios.  I double stamp this with embossing ink to make sure each stripe is stamped perfectly, then cover with Fairy Dust embossing powder.

Fairy Dust embossing powder embossed clear with gorgeous sparkles that shine in the light.  This embossing powder gives some sparkle but not too much for a masculine card. I use this to give some sparkle but not too much for a masculine card.


Shadow Sentiment

Next, I die cut the Happy Birthday Stacked word die by Catherine Pooler twice from a bright white card.  On one die-cut, I colour with a dark blue Copic marker.  I plan on using liquid glue to layer the blue words behind the white words, therefore I use an alcohol marker.

As the CP inks are water-based and it is easy to smudge the ink colour with the liquid glue. (Ask me how I know!)  I slightly off-set the blue behind the white to act as a shadow.


Putting The Card Together

Finally, I trim the inked and embossed background to leave a border and adhere to an A2 card base.  Next, I adhere the sentiment with liquid glue, and foam mount the gnome to finish the card.



Find the card and ink supplies here and the basic craft supplies here


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