Who loves House Mouse stamps? Yes all of those that are familiar with the crafting/stamping industry do and I am no exception. Spellbinders has become the official merchant for all things House Mouse and they so kindly sent me a stamp to play with.
The House Mouse stamps are still the red rubber stamps that provide beautiful detail like we have always known. I made two cards with this stamp, both of them colored in Copic markers. This first one uses bright colors for the candy hearts. I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black as this is a Copic friendly ink.
The paper I use for Copic coloring
I like to use Canson Pro Layout Marker paper for my Copic coloring. It does not feather the ink at all and so I can stay in the lines. Since I am new to alcohol markers, I struggle with ink feathering when coloring up to the lines.
The marker paper is thin and so I adhere it to a piece of double sided adhesive sheet after coloring but prior to preparing the image for the card. So I colored the image on the paper, then cut it out a bit closer with my scissors and then added a piece of double sided adhesive to the back of the image so that the whole image was backed with adhesive. In this first card, I fussy cut the image after having applied the adhesive and then ran a black Tombow marker along the edge to give it a completed look.
Completing the brightly colored card
To complete this card, I embossed a piece of kraft colored cardstock with a heart embossing folder from my stash. I adhered the embossed panel to the front of a top folding landscape A2 notecard with double sided tape. I added the fussy cut focal image to the front. I stamped the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment, which is also in the stamp set, with Versamark ink and embossed it with white fine detail embossing powder. I cut the sentiment out with a sentiment strip die from my stash and placed it on the front of my card.
The pastel colored card
My second card that I made with this stamp is colored in pastel colors and is probably a more realistic depiction of the candy hearts. Using a piece of pink, textured cardstock, I adhered a 5.25×4 inch panel to a white, top-folding, landscape notecard.
I again placed double-sided adhesive on the back of the piece once it was colored. Then, I cut it out with the Spellbinders Notched Frames die. Using a nested heart die set, I used two smaller hearts to cut the heart out of the white panel. I stamped the second sentiment from the stamp set onto the smaller heart with Versafine Onyx Black ink and placed it back into the space, thus leaving a pink border around the sentiment.
Two completed cards
I had great fun applying color to the same stamp in contrasting ways. This was a good time to improve on my marker coloring skills and get completely different looks. I have listed all the supplies I have used in the table below. Please keep in mind that all the links are affiliate links. I get a small commission at no cost to you if you choose to buy through my link.
Note: Spellbinders sent me the Candy Hearts House Mouse stamp set and Notched Corner Frames die set at no cost, for me to create with. I purchased all the other items on this list myself.
Notched Corner Frames
Tool ‘n One
Bearly Art Glue
Scrappy Tape 1/8
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