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08 December 2010

Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice

Here it is… my first card of 2010. Before House Mouse, I had a weakness for the little mice from Great Impressions, Christmas Mice is one of my favorite Christmas images. After not stamping for over a year, it took me awhile to get everything situated. I couldn’t remember what inks to emboss with or even what size cardstock to cut. After many mistakes things came back… slowly.

For this card I stamped the image onto watercolor paper, it’s a heavier weight than what I previous purchased. The colors didn’t blend as smoothly as I would have liked, I also think the heavier weight may have ruined the brush tip on the Tombow Colorless Blender, the tip widened and flattened as I blended; it’s no longer useable for detailed images. Hopefully I can find the lighter weight cardstock that I used in the past. If anyone has any suggestions on brands and weight, please pass it along.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Christmas Mice (Great Impressions), Festive Thoughts (inside/CTMH) ~ Ink: Black (Color Box, Cranberry (inside/CTMH) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Cranberry, Bamboo, New England Ivy (all CTMH), Everlasting (CTMH) ~ Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon (CTMH), New England Ivy Brads (CTMH), Tombow Markers, Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender, Sandpaper, Sakura Metallic Gelly, Eyelet Border Punch (SU)


  1. Boy am I tickled to see your first card of 2010! I know what you mean about learning it all over again! when I take a break I have to remember matting measurements and stuff like that too!
    This is such a cute little mousie image! Welcome back Jovita!

  2. It made me SO HAPPY to see your blog post arrive on my Reader this morning! Your card is so sweet and adorable - you haven't lost your touch at all. I've ALWAYS loved your work. In the last two years I've had a love affair with Copic pens. They are expensive but once you buy them you won't go back to any others. I've found the best way to accrue them is to buy them from a vendor that sells them in trios - there is a method to using them, especially for shading and highlighting - so buying the right colors is important. The right paper for using Copics is important as well. These vendors sell the pens in trios and good paper - Clear and Simple Stamps; Papertrey Ink; Ellen Hutson; Gina K. There's others as well, but those vendors sell good paper. If you want help with sizing your cards and layers go to my friend, Susan's blog, here: http://simplicitybylateblossom.blogspot.com/search/label/Tutorials%20and%20Techniques

    She gives such helpful information and is really a sweet, sweet person (as well as very entertaining). Keep 'em comin', now!!!

  3. Yipee!! Your back!! I love it! Love the colors and the layout and those mice are so cute. :0)

  4. These mice are ADORABLE! What a great entry back into stamping. You've not lost your artist touch at all. Simply wonderful!!

  5. Wow, you stopped stamping for a year? I read your post below and I feel the same way as you. So often I think about closing down my blog and selling off my supplies (my dogs might look like yours--all pooped out). I loose inspiration and have a hard time coming up with unique cards which makes me feel less adequate.

    Your card is adorable, and you didn't loose your touch after a year's break. Keep up the good work Jovi.

  6. Great card! You did a great job with the coloring. I am a Tombow girl as well. I use Strathmore cold press watercolor (130lb) for my coloring. Unfortunately blender pens wear out quickly. I keep one for detailed stuff and my fuzzy tipped one for larger areas.

  7. Thank you ladies for all the wonderful comments, I'm so blessed to have amazing online friends... I really appreciate all your comments and encouragement.

    Susie ~ I actually picked up some Copics last weekend at our local art store (20% off), I wanted to play around with some before I decided to make such a huge investment. So far I'm not sure about them, I probably need to take your suggestion and purchase them in trios. I'll send you a message on FB so I can get more info. ;)

    Victoria ~ I actually used the 140lb Strathmore for this card, tonight I picked up some Canson 90lb...I think that will much easier on my blenders. I'll pick some extra's just in case I use the 140 again. ;)

    Beth ~ Maybe you just need a little break from it all. What ever you decide don't sell your supplies just yet. Many of us has felt the same at one time or another, I'm happy I didn't sell it all. It's a hard decision to make, I know your blog followers will be really disappointed if you quit... me included.

  8. What a gorgeous card. Love the tartan touch.

    You obvioulsy haven't lost your touch. :)

  9. WOOT WOOT!!! Welcome back, Jovi!! :D

  10. Although you said you couldn't blend colors as you wanted, i still think your coloring was Beautiful!! I also luv the Distressed color of red & green,and they made this card Very Nice & CUTE!! :-)


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