Saturday, November 12, 2022

Stampin' Up! Caroling Mice ~ Friend Card

Today's card was inspired by Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge 401.  This is another great sketch that already has so many unique entries in the challenge!  I know I'm repeating myself, but sketch challenges are super when you need a little nudge in the inspiration department, or are just wanted to do something new and different.

I almost boo-booed on these mice.  Well, actually, I did boo-boo, but I like the way it turned out.  You see, after coloring the gray mouse, I started coloring the scarf and hat on the white mouse, then just continued on and started coloring his head, too...GREEN!  That wasn't okay.  Rather than starting completely over, I decided to fussy cut the gray mouse out and I set it aside.  Then, I restamped the the other mouse, colored it, the way I wanted this time, and fussy cut it out.  I like the way it ended up because having them cut out separately allowed me to glue the white mouse on the circles, then use Stampin' Dimensionals to pop the gray mouse up! 

Here's a tip ~ After fussy cutting closely around an image, use the edge of the brush tip on a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to go around the edge of the image.  This gives it a cleaner, sharper edge, without random bits of white showing.  

The sentiment was stamped once on Sweet Sorbet cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then stamped again (after cleaning the stamp) with Versamark on Basic Black cardstock.  After heat embossing 'friend' with Gold Emboss Powder, I fussy cut around it and glued it over the original word. 

Card Base ~ Balmy Blue Cardstock ~ 11" x 4-1/4", score at 5-1/2"
Layer 1 ~ Storybook Gnomes DSP ~ 1-1/4" x 5-1/4" (*2)
Layer 3 ~ Blushing Bride Cardstock ~ 3" x 3"
Layer 4 ~ Basic White Cardstock ~ 3" x 3"
for the mice ~ Basic White Cardstock ~ approx. 3-1/2" x 4"
Scrap of Sweet Sorbet Cardstock
Scrap of Basic Black Cardstock
Inside Layer ~ Basic White Cardstock ~ 4" x 5-1/4"

Happy Stamping!

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  1. Oh wow, Judith - LOVE this! Great papers and sentiment, of course, and how GENIUS to trim down the caroling mice! I'm SO giving this a try! Love your brilliant coloring, too! Thanks so much for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I'm glad you like the fussy cut was a happy accident. ;)

  2. Love your choices, Judith. Those little mice are "too" cute. So glad you decided to join us at HSS this round. Hope to see you in the next. Cheers, Jolanda

    1. Thank you Jolanda...they are fun to create with! :)