Gnometastic Key Clip

Copyright Alicia Simon, My Workbasket, 2021 Gnome Key clip

Hello all!! Today’s design team project is pretty simple even though it isn’t a traditional card or any papercraft at all, so I didn’t do a video of it. It’s a bit too self-explanatory to spend time doing a video, but this week I have a fun gnome craft for you!

So, let’s get to it. Yes, this is a design team project, the image (and matching cut file, though I didn’t use it) were given to me free for being a design team member. I am currently part of The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Design team and we have challenges every 1st and 15th. You can visit the challenge page to see what other design team members have done with the image, as well as enter the challenge for your chance to win a prize! This is the challenge for November 1st, 2021.

The image I used is “Gnometastic Birthday Gift” from Polka-Doodles. Polka-Doodles offers a large assortment of digital images as well as additional non-digital items on their website.

For this project, I decided to step away from paper entirely and instead made a fun gnome key clip with Shrinky Dinks! I didn’t have printable shrinky dinks and don’t know if they work in my laser printer anyway, so I printed out the image at a large size (and it printed large VERY well, with no blur or graininess) and then traced it out on the clear plastic. I traced it in permanent marker on the front of the plastic, then colored it in with alcohol markers on the back of the plastic. Doing it front/back like that creates a little more depth to the image. I did some basic color shading with the markers, some of it (the yellow especially) doesn’t really show after shrinking.

I shrunk the gnome down, painted the back with metallic white paint, (it makes the coloring pop more and makes the gnome not see-through), and then attached it to a key clip with a matching yellow tassel.

The gnome itself came out as about 4×2.5 inches (10.5×7.5 cm)

If you’d like to do this project or a similar project, you can buy Shrink Plastic from a variety of retailers, including (affiliate link here and below) Besides the clear plastic linked below, they also have white, black, printable, and COLORS!! (Yes, I was surprised to see colors as well! Might have to get some to play with!) See the variety available by searching for “shrink plastic”

Sizzix – Making Essentials Collection – A4 Shrink Plastic – 10 Pack – $11.69


I entered this project in the following Challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #168

Sunday Stamps – Nature’s Beauty

We Love to Create Challenge #11

2 thoughts on “Gnometastic Key Clip

  1. Hi Alicia, a fun project with shrink plastic. Thank you for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw… Megan DT LPoCF

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