Birthday: Mice and blackberries

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November (already!) and that means cute critters and blackberries for my mum’s birthday. (It’s not for another couple of days, but as she’s the only person I know who isn’t on the internet, it’s safe to post it now  🙂 )

I’m running a bit behind schedule this year — this would normally have been made at least a week or two ago — but I’ve had to drag my mojo out of the corner where it was hiding to get this card done. At least I already knew which digi stamp I was going to use for it and I had decided to keep the card layout simple and let the colouring shine.

How:

I resized the digi stamp and printed it out on Neenah solar white so I could colour it with my Copic markers. I added a hint of white gel pen to the drupelets at the edge of the blackberries — I lifted most of the white off again with my finger to just leave a hint of a highlight. I also added some glossy accents to the ladybird. The lines in the digi stamp are quite fine, but I wanted the mice to stand out a bit more so I outlined them with black pen.

Once the colouring was finished, I trimmed it down to size and cut a couple of mats to layer it over: one plain and one from patterned paper. I cut and scored the card base and glued the mats flat to it. The coloured panel was popped up on a square of fun foam to give it some dimension and to make sure it would get through the post safely.

The sentiment was die cut twice from a scrap piece of teal cardstock, layered together, and given a coat of Wink of Stella — I think mine must be running out of liquid because I ended up with a much heavier coat of shiny than I was expecting and I decided to add a coat of glossy accents to stop it from shedding everywhere. Once that was dry I glued it to the card along with a scattering of sequins.

I’m pleased with how the colouring turned out and I know my mum will love the little meeces, but the thing I’m most happy with on this card is that I managed to pick a patterned paper that works so well with the image (I love patterned papers but I really haven’t got to grips with using them on projects)…

mice-and-blackberries-detail

Supplies:

  • digital stamps:
    Di’s Digi Stamps – raspberry fun
  • dies:
    Jus Cutz – happy birthday
  • pens:
    EK Tools – writing artist pen – black
    Pilot – G2 07 white
  • Copic markers:
    mice body – E53, E55, E57
    mice tummy – E50, E51, E53
    mice ears – E51, E93, E95
    blackberries – BV23, BV25, BV29
    leaves – G43, YG63, G46
    flower – B41, 0
    ladybird – R24, R29
    barrel – E81, E84, E87
    grass – YG91 base, G43, YG63, G07, G46
    sky – BG0000
  • embellishments:
    Wink of Stella – clear
    Ranger – glossy accents
    Pretty Pink Posh – 4mm sequins – sparkling clear
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Bo Bunny – paper pad – autumn song
    Papermill Direct – plain – navy
    Papermill Direct – plain – teal
    Hunkydory adorable scorable – evergreen
  • miscellaneous:
    fun foam

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