Monday, November 26, 2007

Just a Whole Bunch of House Mouse Christmas Cards

Hi Everyone! Do you compulsively buy rubber stamps? I used to be a compulsive buyer. I'm better now and don't buy stamps as often as I used to. I've been creating 2 cards for each stamp to satisfy my use requirement.

I bought a whole bunch of Christmas House Mouse stamps last year and I believe I used each one only once or not at all. I feel really guilty that I buy stamps and don't use them. Instead I would continue to buy new images. I've decided to stop this bad habit. One way for me to not feel guilty is to use the stamps more than once.

The special feature of this card is the puffy part of the cat's hat. I used the "Decoart Snow Writer" to create the puffed feature. It's similar to the look of using Liquid Applique but it's a little "whiter/brighter" and it puffs naturally. With LA, you need to heat it to puff up.

I colored the image using Pastel and watercolored with SU markers/Aqua Painter on glossy cardstock.

I used SU Pretty in Pink, Garden Green, and Bravo Burgundy cardstock for the color combo.

This is a 5.5 x 5.5 card. I used the CB "Snowflake" embossing powder for the background and rounded the corners. Once again I colored the image with Pastels then going over parts of it with SU markers and an aqua painter. I stamped the image on glossy white cardstock. Why glossy? Well because it's much easier when using pastels and wartercoloring with water based markers. It's not a very detailed way of coloring but it's much faster.

I used SU Garden Green, Bravo Burgundy, Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink cardstock for this card.

This was a fun image to color. House Mouse designs are so nicely drawn. . .the details are impeccable.

I use Provocraft Holiday Collection papers. The papers in this stack are very pretty. I really like this color combo. I used SU Night of Navy and Cool Caribbean cardstock.

I used Stickles glitter to create a bit of sparkle on the cookies. I love using Stickles glitter on my projects.


Sonya said...

Maria those mice are adorable and your cards are beautiful.

vickiw said...
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vickiw said...

This is such a cute stamp, and you made it "beautimus" (a college term meaning beutiful and fabulous together......) I love the stickles
do you get them at a local store or do you have a great online source you would share? vicki woebbecke

Alhambra Club said...

These cards are fantastic, your coloring is awesome and great layouts. Love House Mouse images.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Wow, you are a house mouse lover. Your cards are great. Like you, I impulsively purchase stamps and only use them one or two times. Over the past two months, I slowed down in my spending, and when I do buy a new stamp, it is a style that I would not normally buy. Slowly, I'm learning that the cutesy stamps get used only once or twice, and so I now turn to practicality. Of course we can't always be practical. Your sketches are great!

Tracy.H said...

Wow, Maria! These are just beautiful! I love housemouse too. I like your idea about making 2 of each one. I should really start doing that myself. And yes, you are not alone in your compulsive buying...this is something that I must control too. ;0)

Rita said...

These stamps & cards are fabulous, I luv what you've done with them!

Connie said...

I am so glad to see that I am not the only House Mouse Junkie out there!!!! These are awesome!!

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