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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Spellbinders’ HOLLY JOLLY GNOME … a sweet and easy interactive card!

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

Hello everyone! This little gnomey swinging on a Christmas ornament is super cute! I love making interactive cards but many of the styles are often complicated to pull together … this sweetie is not one of those! Spellbinders’ Holly Jolly Gnome die set comes together easily in this free swingin’, interactive card!

Spellbinders' Solid Arch was hot foiled on pink sand card stock using Starburst Hot Foil. Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?! I began with a panel of card stock that was slightly oversized so that I could make sure that the arch would be centred when I trimmed it down to 4“ x 5 1/4“. This panel was mounted on foam and adhered to a black matted A2 sized, top folding card base.

The Holly Jolly Gnome die set comes with a few dies besides the ones to create the gnome. And the ornament outline which includes the sentiment, the ornament topper and the ornament string were cut from graphite cardstock. At the top of the string there is a circle that has been die cut. This element will be used to create the swinging interactive ornament. The outline of the ornament was mounted on a solid circle cut from a new product by Spellbinders; Painted Desert Pop-up Die Cutting Glitter Foam. This is the first time I have used the foam and I was happy to see that the glitter stays intact and the foam does not stretch after it has gone through the die cutter. The little ornament topper and the string were attached to the top of the ornament.

I began assembling the gnome by putting together the beard, hat and nose on a bell shaped die cut that is the tunic. Very little of the tunic will be seen but this is the base to start building the gnome. I also attach the arm on the right hand side that was finished off with a little white mitten. To complete the rest of the gnome, the ornament string and ornament need to be placed over top of the gnome. He is positioned just slightly below the top of the ornament. A little bit of liquid adhesive on the string will hold everythingt in place. The arm on the left was positioned so that the white mitten would sit on top of the string. There are three separate die cuts for the boots. The main die was used to cut graphite card stock and the top of the soul and heel were cut from black. The boot on the right was positioned so that it would sit slightly behind the ornament. The other boot would sit partially on the ornament.


To put the bow together, two die cuts of the bow and the ribbon and one bow centre are needed. Again I used Painted Desert Pop-up Die Cutting Glitter Foam to create this. The bow is easily put together. The top of the string with its circle die cutt is centred at the back of the bow. A foam circle is attached to the bow and, holding both pieces together, the foam is adhered to the top of the arch. The gnome is now ready to swing!


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