Since our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week is "All About Occasions", I decided to use one of the adorable House-Mouse Designs stamp sets. Of course it's all about Christmas this time.
I chose a base of Heavy Whisper White and then added a piece of retired Christmas DSP. Then I cut a smaller piece of Soft Suede, just large enough to frame the stamped and coloured image of my adorable House-Mice.
The image is stamped on a piece of Mixed Media paper using Versafine Onyx black ink. I intended to watercolour my images and so I needed my ink to be waterproof. I used watercolour pencils and layered the pigment. I love the results. Each Mouse has its own colour and the shading turned out very well. For my background I took my AquaPainter and used Balmy Blue ink. It's soft but makes a nice background colour which doesn't "fight" with my other colours.
Of course I had to add a few additional touches. Those berries, for example, just cried out for some shine and I gave it to them with the Shimmery Crystal Effects. And the gold halo on our "holly angel" looks authentic with the addition of some Vegas Gold, doesn't it?
Finally, for the sentiment, I wanted something very small which wouldn't cut across my images. I found just what I wanted in the retired Christmas Magic set. I inked half the sentiment and stamped it in black. Then I took the second half and stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White using black ink as well. I used the retired tiny tag punch to cut it out and then attached it below the already stamped word on the card. a tiny ribbon of baker's twine, and we're good to go.
It was really a labour of love working with this fun image. I hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed creating it.
I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
I've entered my card into the following challenges:
House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge - HMFMC #302 Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #58 - Anything Christmas Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #105 - Anything Goes
Arty Divas Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #401 - Anything Goes