Strawberry Builder Punch Gnome Art PP568

by Joanne James21. November 2021 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Laurie to host this week and she has a fun Clean and Simple challenge for you to work with:


I couldn't resist another crack at Kim's fabulous layout over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and paired with the colours over at Color Dare (I added Cherry Cobbler red as my fourth colour) for today's card - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I started out planning today's card with some trepidation; whilst I still have my retired 'Gnome for the Holidays' stamp set, I have no other current gnome stamp sets. I decided though that I would rise to the challenge and embark on trying to create one using some current supplies to fashion some gnome punch art. A quick perusal of Pinterest, I chose a cute cuddly gnome to base my design on, grabbed some current supplies and tools and set to work! I used the largest of the skinny Christmas trees from the Christmas Tree Dies and my Strawberry Builder Punch to make my gnome. I used some offcuts of Peaceful Place designer paper for my gnome body and the top horizontal strip above my sentiment, along with some Snowy White Velvet Paper for his beard and moustache for some subtle texture and a matt dot for his nose. A piece of snowflake behind and a tiny one on his hat, along with a sentiment from 'Penguin Place' complete my clean and simple gnome card:

I created a basic crib sheet so that you can see the main elements of my gnome and how I trimmed them, in case you fancy having a go at making one yourself - feel free to save this for future use:

I based the design of my punch art gnome on one of the ones in the retired 'Gnome For The Holidays' stamp set, which I stamped on the inside of my card for added decoration:

 As you can see, I decided I liked this card so much I made another - I think these little gnomes are rather cute, even if I say so myself!

I think I did a pretty good job of meeting the 'clean and simple' brief too - remember in addition to featuring a gnome (or elf, or fairy!) on your card it should also be clean and simple:

  • minimal layers
  • little/no embellishments
  • lots of clean white space (no pattern)
Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; mine is shaping up to be a rather uneventful one - here's hoping anyway! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
Edit: This card was a WINNER! Kim chose me as her Queen of Clean for FMS512 - woohoo!

Comments (17) -

Tracy Grauer
Tracy GrauerUnited States
11/21/2021 3:25:04 PM #

That is the cutest gnome ever! And oh, so clever!

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
11/21/2021 6:12:41 PM #

Wow Joanne - this is so clever!  I've got the strawberry builder punch so will probably have a go at this.  Inspired!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
11/21/2021 6:54:11 PM #

I would say you ROCKED this gnome challenge, as well as creating one of the cutest cards ever!  Great way to interpret the sketch!  LOVE the plaid bottom...he's quite stylish for sure!

Kim H Singdahlsen
Kim H SingdahlsenUnited States
11/21/2021 10:32:30 PM #

How wonderfully creative!!  Tree + strawberry = gnome??!!  He is charming - and I especially love the colors you used! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
11/22/2021 12:33:33 AM #

Joanne, you win the award for the most creativity!!!!!  I love your little gnome!  I just can't quit staring at how you created him!  GENIUS!!!!  I love the color combo and this fun sentiment is perfect!!!  The plaid is perfect for his bottom half!  I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!  Have a wonderful week, My Friend!   Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
11/22/2021 3:06:03 AM #

Wow you are so creative!  I love how you put that gnome together - amazing!  Love this!

Alyson Mayo
Alyson MayoCanada
11/22/2021 3:29:20 AM #

What a great way to create a gnome! LOVE it! The colours are so perfect together and allow the red to shine. Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare Smile

Karren Johnson
Karren JohnsonNew Zealand
11/22/2021 8:00:50 AM #

This gnome is so super-cute and your colour combo is gorgeous!  Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
11/22/2021 5:33:48 PM #

So cute and so smart to use the strawberry punch!  It's fab for sure!  Love the colors as well!  Have a wonderful week!

Michele F
Michele FUnited States
11/22/2021 10:32:48 PM #

Of course, I love your color palette Joanne!  He's my favorite today - and I applaud your ingenuity!

Cécile RIBON
Cécile RIBONFrance
11/23/2021 1:34:37 PM #

What a fabulous card! I just love your choice of colors and I'm totally wowed by how you created this gnome, this is outsandingly creative!  Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/23/2021 8:12:15 PM #

Oh my word! That is SOOOO clever!  Great adaptation of the strawberry punch. And I love the colours too. Such cleverness and beauty well deserve the Queen of Clean honour this week! Smile

NancyUnited States
11/23/2021 8:43:15 PM #

SOOOOOOO creative! So worthy of the win over at FMS too! I am so impressed right now! Take care!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
11/26/2021 7:30:14 PM #

Joanne, I love your "strawberry punch" Gnome. How clever is this!  Great simple colors and clean design.

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
11/27/2021 6:59:37 AM #

Absolutely adorable Joanne! Love how you created this little punch art gnome.

Debi Gardner
Debi GardnerUnited States
11/28/2021 4:40:21 PM #

If that gnome isn't the cutest thing ever! So clever. Love the red with the neutrals! Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

Catherine Nowak
Catherine NowakUnited States
11/30/2021 4:34:03 AM #

Very clever to create your own gnome!! Wonderful card! Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!

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