Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Gnome Gnote Pad

Gnomes make me giggle. Bad gnome puns totally amuse me. I needed a new notepad to carry around since I lost mine recently.
This is what happened. 

Whenever I see small plain note pads (especially pads with an attached pen), I usually purchase several because I'm at the stage of life that if I don't write something down, I forget it. By extension, I lose the darned note pads all.the.freaking.time. Plain note pads are fun to decorate and  also make great gifts. Let me know if you want one and maybe you'll actually get one. That is if I remember.

This pad Gnote pad features the Digging Gnome from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps). The Digging Gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a mess of mushrooms on that sheet. It's a Gnoteworthy bargain indeed.

The Digging Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a black marker. He was set aside while I decorated his Gnote pad.

Media Black Gesso (DecoArt) was carefully applied to the covers on both the outside and the inside. A piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was cut to size, the top and bottom corners on the right side were rounded with a Corner Rounder punch, run through my Big Kick inside a Sheet Music embossing folder, painted with Media Fluid Acrylic paints (DecoArt), and allowed to dry. When the paint was dry, it was coated with a layer of Media Multi Medium (DecoArt) to seal it.

Two colors of green Archival ink were sponged over the foliage on a mushroom stencil onto the painted corner-rounded panel. Brown MFA paints were used to add the ground to the scene.

White cardstock was die-cut with some mushroom dies and the font was cut as well. The mushroom dies were colored with Copic markers, but Titanium White MFA paint was used to add white dots to them. The title letters were painted with MFA paint to match the ground.

The mushrooms, the Digging Gnome, and the title letters were adhered to the painted, stenciled panel with Media Multi-Medium. The same brown MFA paint was used to add some dirt to the Digging Gnome's shovel. The image panel was adhered to the note pad, the edges were sponged with Jet Black StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts), and several layers of Media Ultra Matte Varnish (DecoArt) were brushed over the entire Gnote pad to seal and protect it.

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1 comment:

  1. Kathi, this pad is freakin' ADORABLE!! Gnomes are so cute. It reminds me of my idea book I keep in my purse (but I like yours better because of the attached pen!!) to write my creative ideas down. I love the layers and the subject matter - you really did a nice job!