A cute little mouse flying off on a broom is the centrepiece for this card made for Gerda Steiner’s September challenge.
First I had to come up with a layout that was sufficiently different from the cards that had already been entered into the challenge; having the mouse flying in front of the moon was going to be the central piece, but it needed something to balance it out… spooky trees!
Spooky trees were also the perfect thing to test out my new Brother ScanNCut. I went in search of a suitable tree as a starting point and adapted it until I was happy with the result (I am rubbish at drawing from scratch but I can tweak and edit and produce something I’m happy with). I used the online ScanNCut Canvas to convert the finished image into something the machine could use, downloaded it, and cut one tree from vellum and one from black card. I coloured the vellum one by sponging on black ink.
The moon was die cut from a piece of watercolour paper and the colour was built up by finger-painting with pigment inks.
I printed the mouse onto watercolour paper, coloured it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and fussy cut it out. The blending looks a lot better in real life. The spider’s legs didn’t survive the scissors so I replaced them with some short pieces of black thread. I added a little glossy accents onto the buckle on the hat and on the spider.
I wanted to add a bit of interest to the background so I die cut a cloud edge shape and used that as a mask for sponging some die ink onto the card base. It’s not hugely obvious on the finished card but I think it’s better than leaving it as a flat colour.
I glued the moon and trees in place with multi medium matte; it does show through the vellum, but I quite like the mottled effect for this subject matter. I added lots of black foam tape on the back of the mouse and popped it up over the moon.
The final touch was to add the stars with the Imagination Crafts detail sparkle.
- digital stamps:
Gerda Steiner – Halloween mouse on broom
Sizzix – circles 2
Mama Elephant – landscape trio
Avery Elle – pure white, silver fox, fog, daisy, sea glass
Ranger – archival – jet black
Lawn Fawn – dye ink – black licorice, deep sea
Uni-ball – Signo 307 – black
Memento – dual marker – tuxedo black
Zig – clean colour real brush markers
Imagination Crafts – detail sparkle – gold gilt, silver gilt, white shimmer
Ranger – glossy accents
- paper and card:
Craftwork Cards – kings blue pearl
Derwent – black drawing paper
Anita’s – white vellum