A friend of ours had invited a bunch of us to her new home for lunch. She likes gnomes, so I made her a card with gnomes. My husband wanted a copy of the card, so I made him one too. This is the front of the card:
“Félicitations” means “Congratulations”, and is from Stampin’ Up!’s French version of Fundamental Phrases. The gnome is from Stampin’ Up!’s Knobbly Gnomes. It’s probably not obvious from the photo, but there is a drop of Crystal Effects on the dew drop on the leaf. Also, the flower is two layers. The frame is from Purple Onion Designs, and the phrase “New Home” is from Flourishes LLC’s Flourished Words stamp set. I stamped everything on Strathmore’s 140 lb cold pressed watercolour paper with Memories Black ink, and had a ball watercolouring it (with Winsor & Newman Cotman watercolours).
Then for the inside. I knew this lady also liked books, so the gnome reading a book was perfect. But I wanted him to be reading the book inside his house, not on a mushroom. I drew a rough draft:
Sad to say, I ran out of time, and this is all the lady got… a black and white pen drawing of the house interiour with a cut-out (but fully watercoloured!) gnome in the chair. But I came back and finished my husband’s version:
Actually, I let it just sit around for a few days while I made other cards. I finally decided that the only way I was going to finish it would be to bring it to work with me, where during the break and lunch times I would be forced to complete it to avoid being bored out of my mind. So that is how I finished it.
And what self-respecting gnome would have a dainty flower lamp?! Well, it was a gift from his girlfriend.