Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card

Spellbinders House Mouse Snuggle Up-Carta Bella Cabin Fever-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card with Carta Bella Cabin Fever

Hello, Friends!  After a lovely Thanksgiving break, I’m back to share this cute little Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving , and maybe managed to sneak a little play time in amid all the cleaning and cooking and entertaining.

The winter sweater from Carta Bella Cabin Fever seemed like a good pairing for these adorable mice.  After fussy cutting it from a 4×6 journal card, I inked the edges and added rhinestones to the collar.  Now it’s the perfect holiday sweater, don’t you think?

Stamping and Coloring

One of my goals for this year was to work on my stamping and coloring skills.  Stamping really isn’t the problem…but coloring is a big challenge for me.  I’ve tried all kinds of mediums: alcohol markers, Distress Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Color, Water Color Pencils…and I never seem to be really happy with my results.  But this time, I tried water coloring with Distress Oxide Inks and water brush pens.  And you know what?  I had fun!

First I stamped the image onto a piece of the white woodgrain patterned paper from Cabin Fever using Sepia Archival Ink. Then I immediately heat embossed with clear powder.  The light woodgrain pattern added instant background texture to the image, so half the work was done for me.

Next, I used my water brush to pick up the color directly from the ink pad.  Simply swipe the brush lightly over the pad a few times.  This seemed to pick up just the right amount of ink.  The embossed lines on the stamped image helped me keep the color inside the lines.  Distress Oxide Ink layers nicely without turning into “mud”.  That also seemed to work well for me.

A Little Mixed Media

First I tore the bottom edge of the tree stump away from the stamped panel to create a more organic looking edge.  Then I scribbled Dries Clear Adhesive along the top of the stump and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear Glitter to create my faux snow.  Finally, I painted a wooden snowflake white, added Dries Clear and more glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in the photo, but it sparkles nicely in real life.

Foam tape between my layers added some nice dimension while a perky plaid bow and jingle bells finished everything off nicely.

A Peek Inside

Adding a flap to the top half of the card creates space for a hidden sentiment panel….

…and a pocket for a little winter warm up treat on the bottom.  See how I repeated the sweater image on the inside?  That’s one of my favorite things to do.

I hope you’re enjoying a restful and joyful weekend, my friends!

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Thanks for stopping by!






5 thoughts on “Snuggle Up House Mouse Stamped Card

  1. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this card is so adorable! I love the sentiment on the sweater and the darling little mice huddled together under the leaves. I really like how well that pretty ribbon matches the sweater colors. Your coloring techniques are beautiful. You have such fantastic talent and imagination on how to use different elements to make your cards look so fabulous. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  2. Helen

    Sweet, warm, welcoming, a lovely card Kathy. Distress colours are gorgeous especially the new watercolour pencils, although they do not have that lovely soft washed look pigment that oxides provide. I am so looking forward to your coming creations as I finish the last group of Christmas cards. Sent you an email Kathy, loved the surprise!

  3. Martie Rollin

    I’m a fan of House Mouse…the images always bring a smile. Just this week I pulled out all my winter theme stamp and die sets, especially snowflakes. Found a couple Black Friday sales on sentiment stamps that grabbed my attention. I don’t do coloring, but I did see a video on ink painting, which is what you did…your little mice look terrific, Kathy! I usually default to paper piecing. You’ve chosen a nice paper collection for this project. Well done!

  4. Carla McCoy

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your card is adorable… it! I always look forward to your posts!

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