Monday, July 7, 2008

House Mouse is in the house!

I have always wanted a House Mouse stamp collection, but being the cheapy I am I could never plunk down the money for one, knowing I wouldn't use it often enough to justify the cost. But while I was in Hobby Lobby the other day, lo and behold, there was a House Mouse stamp on clearance for 1/2 off! How could I pass up such a deal?

Yesterday I played with it and used the Gamsol/Prismacolor method for coloring the scene. What fun! I stuck with very muted tones to keep with the hot cocoa theme. I colored the mice dark gray in honor of our newest pet rat, George, who happens to be that color and who has big ears and an inquisitive little face (he's a baby rat).

I used Chocolate Chip cs as the base and layered it with black and Sage Shadow, attaching the muted plaid ribbon to the black and Sage cs first. But first, the Sage Shadow cs was stamped in Sage Shadow ink using the SU Canvas background stamp. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. After coloring the main piece, it was run through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder (natch!) and adhered to black cs. I used Dimensionals to pop it up over the ribboned part.

For the sentiment, I stamped the SU Canvas stamp on white cs in Sage Shadow ink. Then I stamped 2 words from the Geometric Thoughts set by CTMH. I sponged More Mustard ink over that and punched it out with a circle punch (turning the punch upside down to see where to punch). Then I punched out a bigger circle of black cs and adhered them together with a Dimensional. I punched a 1/8" hole in them and tied the tag to the bow with black hemp cord. I used a Dimensional to position the tag on the card so it would float, but not move.

The main image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol was used to blend the colors. I used mainly greens and browns. The mice are a blend of black and white with 2 peach colors for their exposed body parts.

This was a fun card to make. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: House Mouse "Hot Cocoa 02", SU Canvas, CTMH Geometric Thoughts

CS: Chocolate Chip, Black, Sage Shadow, White

Inks: Sage Shadow, Basic Black, More Mustard

Other: Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" and "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folders, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stump, Dimensionals, 2 circle punches (1" and 1.25"), 1/8" hole punch, sponge, plaid ribbon, black hemp cord


  1. I love the House Mouse stamps myself, but have not used them in quite some time. I used to frequent a local stamp shop that had these stamps and I'd drool over some of them. I have this stamp myself and I love the way you colored it. It turned out beautiful.

  2. Adorable! I'm so glad you are blogging again! I love your artwork & style!

  3. KIM, I have *LOVED* your cards for YEARS!!! I can't believe I just found your blog tonight! I'm gonna get a cup of coffee in the morning and browse, browse, browse. Your HM card is adorable! :)

  4. Absolutely love this house mouse card...way over the limit LOL!