Garden Gnome by Coloring with Paper

Everyone loves garden gnomes and now you can create this one to embellish your cards and scrapbook pages. Coloring with paper, also called paper piercing, is a fun technique that everyone on HSN Craft Day is doing.  I have more gnomes here.

Garden Gnome made by coloring with paper
Garden Gnome

Once you are sure you understand the basics, download the SVG File.  There are no design space files for coloring with paper. The instruction sheet in the download file explains how to upload it to Design Space.

You will need:
Paper Selection For the Garden Gnomes
The black paper I use for the outline is linked in the materials list.  The rest of the colors are up to you.  Use up your scrap box.  Patterns, vellum, glitter paper and plain card stock all work well.  Use your imagination and make it your own.
Cutting your Garden Gnome
 Do not make the file any smaller than 5 inches tall or the black lines get too thin.  This makes the gnome a good size for cards and scrapbook pages.
You will have to cut once for each color in the final product.  You can cut multiple colors to build your garden gnome on the same mat.

Watch my video on cutting different colors on the same mat.

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First, stick the outline to the contact paper and re-cover it with the protective backing paper.  When you have all your colors for the garden gnome cut out, then start placing the various pieces on the garden gnome with the tweezers. 


When all the open spaces are filled, check to make sure all the paper is secure.  Press the protective sheet over everything and press sorta hard.  Anything that seems loose, glue down with the liquid glue and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

Finally, with scissors cut around the outside leaving as much of the outside black line as you can.

Use the gnome as you like.  Here I made a simple card using the finished garden gnome.

Gnome card made with marbled paper
Gnome card

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