Hi crafty friends, I received the Spellbinders Large Die of the month – September 2019, it contains “Game Of Gnomes” die set (Available September 1-30th).
What a fun die set! it includes 22 dies that will cut 45 different shapes to assemble cute little gnomes, 3 mushroom designs, grass, a sign and a little squirrel.
I first had the idea of making Christmas tags and with minimal alterations, I could make a mini Santa Claus for the tags instead of a gnome but then I really wanted to use the mushrooms so I stuck to the gnomes concept.
I die cut all the pieces out of 300 grams cold press watercolour paper because I love to apply watercolours to this kind of die cuts.
I die cut the paper in one go and I use washi tape or low tack tape to keep the dies in place.
Once I had all my die cuts, I downloaded printable instructions here! You might need them to identify the pieces and how to assemble the different images.
They are pretty easy to put together.
I applied colours to each piece using FSJ watercolour pencils + Zigs watercolour markers.
This was really easy to do. I applied randomly the watercolour pencils and then the water-based markers on the die cuts just to fill the pieces with colour.
I applied a fair amount of the pencils and marker pigments on the watercolour paper and I blended it using a water brush.
I then glue the pieces together and applied extra colour just to add darker areas, shadows and accents.
Spellbinders is also providing a fun printable sheet with sentiments that coordinate with this die set theme but my printer was miss behaving.
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