My son has a decent sized class - 27 kids! - so I need to keep ideas for cards for the class simple and easy to mass produce. I started by creating a background that I could easily cut into four pieces to get four mini lunch notes out of one background. I sprayed the back of each of the Taylored Expressions Half a Heart Layering Stencils with Pixie Spray and added pink and red ink over the top of the first two stencils. I wanted to add something special for the third layer, so I used a Stencil Pal and added a layer of Gold Glitz Glitter Gel to complete my background. Then I set that aside to dry for about 30-45 minutes.
I started working on my adorable gnomes while my background was drying. I cut my pieces with colored cardstock, but you could use patterned paper or Flock for more fun! I used the dies from the Gina K Designs Gnome for the Holidays Craft Kit to cut the feet, body, beards, and noses for my gnomes and the Gina K Designs Festive Fall Add On Craft Kit for the hats, apples, stems, and the adorable little hands. I added a bit of extra sparkle to the hats using the Festive Fall Add On Stencil and some Gold Glitz Glitter Gel and then used my iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive Pen to adhere the gnomes together.
I needed a sentiment to coordinate with the little apples my gnomes were holding, so I stamped "I pick you" from the Taylored Expressions I Pick You Stamp Set and trimmed the sentiments into strips. Once my background was dry I cut the one background down into four squares sized 2.5" and cut a kraft mat to 2.75". I adhered the pieces onto a 3" white mini card base using a mixture of iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive and iCraft 1/16" White Jumbo Foam Tape.
Thanks so much for joining me in creating these adorable mini Valentine lunch notes! I'll see you soon!