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MAKE A NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS GNOME TAG THAT WILL GET PEOPLE TALKING!

GOT SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY THAT ALWAYS LIKES TO “PEEK” AT THEIR GIFTS BEFORE IT’S TIME? I KNOW, WE ALL SEEM TO HAVE SOMEONE IN MIND LIKE THAT. ANYWAY, I HAVE GOT THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GNOME TAG TO GO ON A GIFT FOR THAT VERY PERSON! I’VE EVEN INCLUDED THE FREE CUT FILE!

I’ve been asked to participate in a Gnome Celebration again this year! If you missed last year’s festivities, check out my post HERE. What I came up with was pure genius, and hilarious! I really don’t know where I come up with these ideas. They just seem to pop in my head when I least expect them!

I am not a serious person by no means. So I knew it had to be something funny. And it couldn’t be a t-shirt, because I already did that last year. I was thinking of a gnome lantern, but I just wasn’t very enthusiastic about it. Then…all of a sudden (after weeks of mulling over the lantern idea), the Christmas Gnome Tag popped into my crazy head.

I thought, at first, of a “No Peeking” tag because I, too, am one of those people that can’t seem to wait until Christmas to open my presents. As a youngster, I used to scope the house for all the present-hiding spots. I new exactly where to look. I was very good at it!

Anyhoo, I thought that creating a “No Peeking” tag, might deter someone like me from trying to see what the gift was. Well, actually….to be honest, it probably wouldn’t. But for the sake of this crafty creation…we are going to go with that.

Now, what if it was a very funny tag? It had to be. That’s just my personality. And of course, it had to be a gnome because, well, it is a Gnome Celebration after all.

Then I got that certain twinkle in my eye. How about a risque gnome? Oooooo…that sounds real good! When I told some friends that I was going to make a risque gnome, they asked, “How the heck can you make a gnome risque?” Hmmmm….they don’t know me too well (I thought, in my best Elmer Fudd voice in my head)!

I had been watching videos of waterfall cards on Youtube, so I thought about incorporating that into my tag. So off I went to make a prototype.

It took me about a week to figure out the modifications I needed to do so that this tag would work the way I wanted.

I know you are anxious to start the project, so let’s get started…

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Supplies:

  • One sheet of White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 11″)
  • One sheet of Christmas Patterned Paper – to cover tag(6″ x 7″)
  • One sheet of another Christmas Patterned Paper – for hat (5″ x 5″)
  • One sheet of copy paper to print gnome body & sign on (8 1/2″ x 11″)
  • Free Naughty Naked Gnome cut file – get FREE access to my Crafty Library
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Gold Stickles
  • Diamond Stickles

NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS GNOME TAG

Make this risque Christmas gnome project, and have everyone rolling on the floor with laughter!

Materials

Instructions

STEP 1: PREPARE FOR CUTTING CHRISTMAS GNOME

Open the "Naughty Christmas Gnome-white-cardstock.svg" file in Silhouette Studio.

Open File


Open-Naughty-Christmas-Gnome-White-Cardstock

NOTICE: There are two line types here. The red cutting line, and the green score line.

Place your one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 White Cardstock on your cutting mat, and feed it into your machine.


STEP 2: SELECT CUT SETTINGS

Place your pieces on the mat to use the less amount of paper as possible. But also remember to leave at least half an inch by at least a 2 inch column in the upper left corner so you can do some Test cuts. You can make your column longer if you like. Just whatever you think you might need for testing.

Leave Test column for Gnome Pieces

Click on the Send tab at the top right-hand corner.

Send Button

Select the Line Color tab to use for cutting.

Select Line

Select Coverstock Heavy for the material for the red line.

Pick-Material-Coverstock-Heavy-For-Red-Line

For the green line, select Score for the Action. Then choose Cardstock, Plain for the Material. You will notice that the ratchet blade is set to "1" on the screen. BUT you are going to physically change your blade to "0". There is no zero on the screen, but that doesn't make a difference here. "0" should leave just a smidge of the blade showing which is just enough to give a light score line.

Also, since we have a score line, I went and clicked on the Red line, then clicked the Pause button. This way, the machine will pause after cutting the red line.

Click-Red-Line-Select-Pause-Button

By doing this it will give you a chance to (physically) change the Ratched Blade depth to "0" before scoring.

STEP 3: CUT YOUR NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS GNOME PIECES

Now you are ready to cut. First we want to click on Test.

REMEMBER: Always do a Test cut (or two, or three,...) to make sure your blade will cut through your paper. The change in settings depends on the type/brand/thickness of your cardstock, and the condition of your blade. [I had to increase mine a few times because it is a blade I've used quite a bit.]

Test-cuts

When you are satisfied with your Test cut, then click Send to send your design to cut.

Send-To-Cut-Button

Once your machine is done cutting the red line cuts, it will Pause. Now you want to go ahead and physically take the Ratchet Blade out and change the number to "0". When it's back in the machine, click Resume Cutting.

STEP 4: PREPARE CUTTING MAT FOR PATTERNED PAPERS


Open the "Naughty Christmas Gnome Tag_Patterned Paper.svg" cut file.

Open File

Place your piece of 6" x 7" Christmas Patterned Paper (for the tag covers) on your mat. Then place your 5" x 5" piece of Christmas Patterned Paper (for the hat) on your mat.

Load your mat into your machine.

Patterned-paper-on-mat

STEP 5: SET CUT SETTINGS FOR YOUR TAG COVERS & HAT


Place your pieces on the mat to use the less amount of paper as possible. But also remember to leave at least half an inch by at least a 2 inch column in the upper left corner so you can do some Test cuts. You can make your column longer if you like. Just whatever you think you might need for testing.

Leave Test column for Patterned Paper

Click on Send tab in the upper right-hand corner.

Send Button

For these papers, I chose "Cardstock, Heavy 80 lb" because it was a bit thinner than my White cardstock, but still sturdy. If your patterned paper is thinner than that, you can try the Cardstock, Plain setting.

Don't forget to physically change your Blade to the appropriate depth.

STEP 6: CUT OUT YOUR TAG COVERS & HAT

Now you are ready to cut. First we want to click on Test.

REMEMBER: Always do a Test cut (or two, or three,...) to make sure your blade will cut through your paper.

When you are satisfied with your Test cut, then click Send to send your design to cut.

Send-To-Cut-Button

STEP 7: PDF FOR THE NAUGHTY GNOME & SIGNS

You have two options here:

Option #1


You can just open up your "Gnome-and-labels-printandcut PDF file, and print it out on your printer. I then just fussy cut all the items out.

Option #2

If you prefer, you can print and cut this out on your machine.

STEP 7.2.1: PRINT OUT GNOME AND LABELS/SIGNS

Open the "Gnome-and-labels-printandcut.svg" file in Silhouette Studio.

Click on Page Setup, Registration Marks.

Click-Page-Setup-Registration-Marks

Click "On", then move the Thickness all the way up to 1.00.

On and Thickness

Place your piece on the screen to fit inside the Registration Marks and hash marks.

Gnome-and-labels-on-mat

Click on Send to Printer.

Send To Printer

Select Print.

Select-Print


Choose your printer, and click on Print.

Select-printer-then-click-print

STEP 7.2.2: PREPARE CUTTING MAT

**To do this, make sure you use a light grip mat because copy/printer paper is quite thin.

Place on your mat, and load into your machine.

STEP 7.2.3: SET CUT SETTINGS FOR PRINT AND CUT

Click on Send.

Send Button

Select "Copy Paper, Medium (20lb)" for the Material.

Select-Copy-Paper-Medium

STEP 7.2.4: CUT YOUR GNOME AND SIGNS


Go ahead and click Send.

Send-To-Cut-Button

Be careful when taking your pieces of the mat. You don't want them to rip.

Now you have all your pieces for your gnome!

All-cut-pieces

STEP 8: ASSEMBLING THE BEARD


Fold the Beard Base on the score line.

Take a pencil and mark the shorter side every 3/4 inch (should be 3 marks) from the score line.

Mark-beard-card-base

Now glue the four pieces of the beard onto the Beard Base starting with the top where the fold is.

Glue-beard-card-base

Your Beard Base should look like this when your finished gluing.

Beard-base-finished


STEP 9: GLUE ON TAG FRONT


Take the Christmas Patterned Paper that is for the front of the tag. That would be the one with the slit in it.

Glue that onto the front of the tag.

Patterned-paper-and-tag-base

Glued-on-patterned-paper-on-tag-base


STEP 10: PUTTING BEARD INTO THE TAG


Now it's time to insert the Beard Base into the tag. Start with the front that has the Patterned Paper on it already. Carefully slide the back of the Beard Base through the slit in the tag. It might be pretty snug, but it should be for the pop-up mechanism to work.

It is far enough when you have a half inch below the bottom of the tag.

Back-of-tag-showing-beard-base

Put-beard-through-tag

Punch a hole in the top of the tag, about 1/4 inch from the top and in the middle.

Punch-hole-in-tag


STEP 11: GLUE ON HAT


Put some glue on the mid-section of the hat. You don't want any glue where the hat goes over the beard. You also don't want any glue on the end of the hat because it hangs off the tag.

Put-glue-on-hat

Glue-on-hat-but-not-where-beard-is_1

Glue-on-hat-but-not-where-beard-is


STEP 12: ASSEMBLING "NO PEEKING" SIGN


Glue on the "No Peeking" sign onto the matching white piece of cardstock.

Glue-no-peeking-sign-onto-cardstock

I wanted to make the sign more sturdy, so I covered the sign with Glossy Accents. You can put this aside now to dry while you continue on with the gnome.


STEP 13: ATTACH POP-UP MECHANISM


Take the Pop-Up Mechanism (the skinny piece of white cardstock) and fold it on the score line.

Fold-popup-mechanism

Now just cut a smidge off the folded end so that it doesn't interfere wit the fold on the Beard Base that you will be attaching it to.

Trim-smidge-off-mechanism

Take the Beard Base, and fold it at the top of the second beard piece (that should be 3/4 inch from the fold on the Beard Base).

Fold-beard-at-top-of-second-beard-piece

Put some glue on the folded end of the Pop-Up Mechanism, and attach to the Beard Base. The fold of the Pop-Up Mechanism should be against the fold of the second piece of the beard.

Glue-onto-beard-base

Then lift up the beard with the Pop-Up Mechanism and put some glue on the other end of the Mechanism.

Glue-mechanism-onto-tag

Now press the beard (and Mechanism) onto the tag. The beard will now be attached to the tag.

Glue-mechanism-onto-tag_1


STEP 14: ATTACH NOSE


Before attaching the nose, we should give it a little color. I used some Worn Lipstick Distress Ink for this, but you could even just color it with a marker if you want.

Color-nose

Glue the nose onto the beard. You want the nose to be able to slide under the Hat ever so slightly. Remember, the Hat should have no glue on it where the beard goes under it (see step 11).

Glue-on-nose


STEP 15: ATTACH NAUGHTY GNOME


It's time to attach the Naughty Gnome to the tag. Put some glue on the boots, and up the middle of the body (or on 3/4 of the Pop-Up Mechanism). Then attach the body to the Mechanism.

Glue-naughty-gnome-onto-tag

Glue-naughty-gnome-onto-tag_1

Glue-naughty-gnome-onto-tag_2

Glue-naughty-gnome-onto-tag_3


STEP 16: ATTACH SIGN/LABEL


Glue your choice of "Naughty" sign onto the sign piece of white cardstock.

Glue-naughty-sign-onto-cardstock

Glue-naughty-sign-onto-cardstock_1

Then glue the sign onto the beard just above the second fold on the beard.

Glue-naughty-sign-onto-beard

Glue-naughty-sign-onto-beard_1

STEP 17: FINISH "NO PEEKING" SIGN


After the "No Peeking" sign has dried, we can attach it to the bottom of the Beard Base back. Use some foam tape for this.

Attach-no-peeking-label

Attach-no-peeking-label_1

Attach-no-peeking-label_2

Now it will be easier to pull.


STEP 17: ATTACH BACK OF TAG


Glue the back of the tag on. It's the other piece of Patterned Christmas Paper without the slit.

Attach-back-of-tag

Attach-back-of-tag_1

Punch another hole in the top of the tag. You should be able to just use the hole that is already there, on the front, as a guide.

Punch-second-hole-in-tag_1

Punch-second-hole-in-tag

Punch-second-hole-in-tag_2


STEP 18: ADD STICKLES FOR SOME SPARKLE


Finally, let's add some sparkle to Mr. Naughty Gnome. I used some Gold Stickles for the Hat.

Put-stickles-on-hat

Put-stickles-on-hat_1

Then I used some Diamond Stickles for the edges of the beard.

Put-stickles-on-beard


STEP 19: FINISH OFF TAG--YOU ARE DONE!


Last step is to add a ribbon, or string to attach the tag to a gift. If you wish, you can also add a little decoration to the base of that ribbon/string.

Tag-decor

Wow! You are done your Naughty Christmas Gnome Tag!

If you end up making this Gnome project, please share a photo on social media and tag me with #myscrapmenagerie. I would love to see it!


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6 Comments

  1. Wow! This was a fun card, already thinking of some special friends that can´t wait to open.
    Thank´s for creating, tutorial and sharing the file.

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