Creative Sundays With Jo Ann: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
We have a new critter in town! The new “Brie Mine” Valentine Release is available and it features Mae The Mouse! There are four new stamps sets, four coordinating die sets, and three stand alone die sets in this release. The new Scallop Hearts Die Set and Postage Stamp Square Die Set have a variety of sizes and will be perfect for shape cards. You can find the new release HERE.
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I am sure that most of you are done making your holiday cards and have them in the mail to family and friends. I finished shopping weeks ago, but I have not mailed a single card…yet. Yes, I clearly spend the season making them, but sending them on time is another story! LOL
The Mae The Mouse Stamp Set is meant to cover Valentine’s Day, and a few other occasions, but I am not quite ready to switch from Christmas. The Coordinating Die Set cuts slits in Mae’s arms, allowing her to hold a variety of items.
I looked at the small cake and thought that it looked like a Christmas Pudding. I added a squiggly line to give it some drippy frosting. The holly leaves and berries are from the Country Wreath Stamp Set and were cut using the Coordinating Die Set. The cluster of leaves from this set was also used to create mistloe. I stamped everything with Copic friendly Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink onto #80 Neenah Solar Crest cardstock. I ended up not using the apron or string of lights. I love the tooth and glasses that can be added to the mouse. I used the following:
This stamp set coordinates with many other critters from previous releases. The following sets also have items that Mae can hold or items of clothing and hats that can be worn.
I placed the hat and Christmas pudding on some foam padding. I didn’t have a stylus at my fingertips so I used the tip of a large paintbrush to gently push on the back in circular motions. This gave them a domed appearance on the front. They were backed with foam tape to help them hold their shape.
For the background I taped off my #110 Neenah Solar Crest cardbase with Purple Tape. I blended Distress Ink along the edges.
It felt like it needed a little something more so I used one of the stencils from the Plaid Background Builder Stencil Set and brushed on a darker color. I turned the stencil 90 degrees and brushed on more color to create a plaid.
I removed the tape and added an outline with a .3 Copic Multiliner. The sentiment is from the Fa La La Stamp Set. It was stamped with black ink, using a MISTI. I stamped it again with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder. The mistletoe was glued down and the mouse was added with foam tape for additional dimension.
I think that it would be cute to use an alphabet stamp set and create a sentiment that says Merry Christmouse. Just a thought!
Joyfully, Jo Ann
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