Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sweet, sweet you!

I saw this little mouse up on my shelf (I have verrrrrrry few wood mounted stamps, but I do have a collection of original House Mouse stamps that I keep on display on top of my inkpad rack). He wanted to come out and play, and he wanted to sit on something fun, so I dug out this slice of chocolate cake from Straight Forward Stamps (formerly owned by Biblical Impressions) for him. I stamped the mouse first, then masked him and stamped over the mask with the cake. Additional coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The pink around him is watercolored.

The border strip behind the image...it looks like 3 pieces of paper there, but there are actually 6, in an interesting attempt at using the scraps I had. The scalloped borders are actually 2 punched scallop squares. The heart paper (free download from http://www.amsdigiscraps.com/ - Your Love is Better Than Chocolate(c) 2005 Ams Digi Scraps.) is 2 pieces, and the dark brown is 2 separate strips.

The pink background layer was stamped in Versamark with Cornish Heritage Farm's paisley backgrounder (did you see - they have some new ones...I think I may need the houndstooth one...sigh...), then I rubbed chalks over that (some pink and some brown) and sponged the edges. I made the brown frame with my Coluzzle...I originally had some big photo corners there but it looked off balance, so I scrapped them. I did find an easy way to make them though, with my square punch. I'll have to do it again sometime and write out instructions.

"Sweet" is done using Karen Foster Snap Stamps, and "You" is part of a SU "Thank You" stamp (sorry I don't know what set!). Yes, I cut another stamp in half.......

That's my shnazzy new watermark in the corner there - I'm still impressed with myself for making that swirly flourishy thing!


  1. Oh Dina this is so sweet and yummy! I just love how you added the mouse on top of the cake… the icing on the cake looks good enough to eat!

  2. This card looks terrific...I love the colors here!

  3. I love this card. It is simply adorable. It pays to take the time to actually read through a blog because one can learn lots. I had no idea this was a masked technique. You are a talented artist!

  4. Sweet card - I love House Mouse & have several. They always bring a smile to my face!