I'm not sure why I like gnomes. Maybe it's because like fairies they live in the forest and are supposed to be magical. When I see rubber stamps of their image, I usually can't resist buying them. The image on the left is a Paper Smooches product (Jerome) and could actually be an odd Santa if dressed in the right colors. The gnome sleeping is my favorite image from Viva Las Vegastamps where I also found a bunch of funny 'gnome' sentiments. I feel that gnomes are a perfect decoration for autumnal cards and tags.
While most people might use the Avery Elle die to cut wine bottle tags, I decided that this year I would be giving holiday and hostess gifts of flavored vinegar and olive oil. For this reason, I shortened the tags by tearing off a bit from the bottom. Distress ink rubbed on all the edges helps to impart a rustic forest detail. After paper piecing clothes on the gnome on the left, I added some Flower Soft for the beard, Canvas Home Design twine and Dress It Up buttons (all from Ben Franklin Crafts). For the tag on the right I fussy cut the Copic colored image and drew my own word bubble.
Bottle tags like these are a snap to make and really add a special touch to a simple gift. If you want to use these tags for packages you can pass the ribbon through the tag or cut a slit on the side of the hanging hole so you can hang it around a big bow. If you can't find this tag die you can probably make one by rounding the corners of a long rectangle and using a circle punch for the hanging hole.
Dress it up for the holidays but always remember: There's no place like gnome!