Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall framed House Mouse

I've actually had this piece done for a couple weeks but never got around to posting it...turns out it fits with this week's House Mouse Challenge - "anything but a card!" I also thought it would be fun to take pictures through my coloring process. I skipped a few preparatory steps, but the rest are below. This is 2 separate stamps - the pumpkins are from Yvonne Albritton Designs (she has some super super cute stuff - I picked this up at a convention a few years ago). I stamped the mouse first, then masked him to stamp the pumpkins...then masked the pumpkins to do some stippling and blow-pen around the edges. So you missed that part. :)

I started with some basic coloring with my Prismacolor pencils, coloring in the areas that I wanted to remain darker after I blended with mineral spirits. (I don't normally do all the colors first then blend - I usually blend one color at a time - but I wanted you to see what it looks like before blending. So there.
Here's the picture after the first blending. After blending you can always go back and add more color - in fact the more you blend the easier it is to add in color evenly.

I added some darker shading (reddish and darker browns) and shadows under the leaves, etc.

After lightly blending in the shading I added some highlights with a white gel pen.

I wanted some Fall decorations, and I had found this awesome brown frame at Hypermart (as close as we get to Walmart here in Indo), so I decided to frame this little guy. I cut the ovals with my Coluzzle templates and trimmed around the lower leaves to let them hang out a little. It was a little too plain so I added the embossing across the center. (Scor-Pal, Fiskars Texture plate) Now it's sitting on my buffet, with some other Fall foofoo, and I love it! That little grin on his face just makes me smile.

Happy weekend!

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  1. WOW, your card is so pretty!! and even though I hate mouse, the one in your card is really cute.

    I hope you are feeling better.
    God bless

  2. Thanks for the step by step process of your coloring...well giant steps. I am always amazed by your coloring skills and I enjoyed seeing how you got there.
    Cute project!

  3. Super cute - I have this little House Mouse stamp too & love his sweet little face! Against the pumpkins he's adorable. Have a blessed day (or night... I forget which time zone you're in!)

  4. How perfect for your Fall decor. This is adorable! Very nice job coloring. Great project for the challenge.

  5. That little grin makes me smile too:O) You have created a definite stunner!!! I love it!!! Sweet and elegant all rolled into one beautiful picture! Awesome!!! Absolutely awesome:o)


  6. It looks awesome !
    Thanks for joining in with HM&F ;-)

  7. Love your project! The HM looks so great with those lovely pumpkins! It looks so stunning framed, it's perfect!

  8. What an awesome project! I love all the detail you've added. Beautiful work.

  9. Aw this is stunning. I adore your colouring.

  10. So beautifully done. Thank you for sharing the coloring method. Love the result.

  11. WOW< very, very cute! LOVE your coloring...really great job. Thank you for joining us, and be sure to come back! :)

  12. Wow - very gorgeous and i love the colouring tutorial. I'm a bit of a hit and miss with my colouring so will take your advice on board. Thanks for sharing and joining in with HM&F. x