The mice in the Merry Mice stamp set are just adorable! Perfect for one of my favorite techniques, masking! First I stamped the three little mice image and used markers and my blender pen to color them up. Then I stamped the mice again on plain white paper and fussy cut each one out, dabbed a little snail on the back and pressed over the corresponding mouse in the card front. I stamped my Trees (from Totally Trees) on top and spritzed some going grey re-inker mixed with water over it all. Not thrilled with the big spots, and I think if I do the card again I will test the sprayer out first until I get a more consistent SMALL dot coverage! After I peeled the masks off, Voila! The mice look like they are marching in front of a forest, or even carrying the trees along with them. The sentiment also comes with the Merry Mice stamp set.
What would you do for a background for these little merry mice?
Christmas in July Totally Trees
One more “Christmas in July” card, this one with the “Totally Trees” stamp set which has awesome images of trees for all seasons! I particularly like this fir tree image because it is so simple and graphic. I stamped the tree image 4 times with versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. There is also a “precipitation” stamp in the set, which I interpreted as snow, adding white pen dots inside the images (they are little circles, actually), but I suppose you could call them rain drops too. The sentiment comes from “Merry Mice” stamp set and the ribbon is the new “Finely Woven Ribbon” in Tranquil Tide.
What would your favorite holiday tree stamp be for Christmas in July?
A few weeks ago I talked about having a “To Go” stamping kit. Well, I had TO GO to that kit for today’s card because I was away from my studio! I also had just received my “goodies” from the new catalog – I always order all the paper, inkpads, reinkers and markers from the new colors, along with a stamp set or two and maybe a few of the new embellishments. So I was well set to make a card, but a Christmas card?…uhhh not so much! I did have some Dapper Denim cut into card layers, a piece of watercolor paper, Very Vanilla cut into A2 cards, and a Dapper Denim inkpad, a versamark inpad, an empty spritzer, white embossing powder and my embossing gun in my kit. I also had the Foxy Friends Stamp set – it is so cute and I have been wanting to use it for a while. I had purchased the new Colorful Seasons stampset which has a couple of snowflake stamps, which I stamped and embossed on the watercolor paper. Then I spritzed the water color paper with a good drench of water, pressed an acrylic block several times on my Dapper Denim inkpad, spritzed that with water and let it drip onto the watercolor paper, and spritzed the watercolor paper again just to get that blue ink moving all over the paper. I dried it with the embossing gun and set it under a book to dry flat. I used the Trees from the Foxy Friends stamp set and stamped with the new Tranquil Tide inkpad, fussy cutting them out. (I am going to LOVE that Green/Blue shade this year!) I cut a little banner using a sentiment from Colorful Seasons, and tied a bow using the new Mini Chevron ribbon in Old Olive, and Voila’! A Holiday Card! A note about the ribbon – it is one of the nicest ribbons Stampin’ Up! has offered – so soft! Sadly only 3 colors so far, though (Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry). I am definitely going to use this ribbon on some of my sewing projects!
And that’s it! Another holiday card, “on the go” this time, totally unplanned, but it didn’t take long to come together once I paired the snowflakes with the trees. Click on the “Shop Online” button to order Colorful Seasons and Foxy Friends if you want to recreate this card – or just about any card – they are both so versatile! …and remember, a $50 purchase will earn a $5 reward to spend in August!