Crazy Cats and Christmas Mice…
For today’s birthday card, I broke all the rules. Yup – I mixed Tim Holtz with Lawn Fawn (two very different styles), and I turned Christmas mice into birthday mice. I think this poor Crazy Cat is not at all happy with me right now, LOL.
I started this card by stamping some of Tim Holtz’ Crazy Cats cats, and some of Lawn Fawn’s Merry Christmouse mice on white cardstock, and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, blended with OMS. Then I fussy-cut everything out, inked the edges, and played around with some arrangement ideas. While some of the images in the Christmouse set are definitely Christmas-y, the mice by themselves are just… well… mice. 🙂 And the cheesy present looks as much like a birthday present as a Christmas present, at least to me. The mouse sitting on the cat’s head was actually peeking out of a stocking, so I just removed the stocking with my trusty scissors.
Creating the Background:
For the sentiment, I just mixed up some words from two different stamp sets. The background is made up of two pieces of Lawn Fawn patterned paper. I just hand-cut a piece of the blue-ish paper to sort of “fit” my scene (so the cat and mice would have something to sit on), glued it to the other paper, and then cut out the whole piece with a stitched rectangle die. (Arranging all of the pieces before I glued everything down really helped with this step.) Then I stamped the cat and two of the mice on this background piece, so that I could get the tails and whiskers, without having to fussy-cut out those thin lines. (The little guy on the cat’s head has a hand-drawn tail – the stamp wouldn’t have worked here, so I improvised.)
Sentiment and Balloon:
I stamped the sentiment, and masked off the words, then stamped the string for the balloon. (I’m on the fence about this. The string lines right up with that mouse’s tail. Do you think I should add a bow, so it looks like it’s tied onto his tail?) The balloon itself, though, didn’t go so well. Some Wink of Stella and a nice coat of Glossy Accents would have been my first choice, but sadly, my glitter pen is dry as a bone. Instead, I pulled out some Star Dust Stickles and hoped for the best. This is definitely NOT the same thing. In the end, I had to perform a bit of card surgery by scraping off most of the Stickles, and then coating the whole balloon with Glossy Accents. After all that fussing, it did warp a bit, but it’s going to have to do.
The “mouse hat”, the present and the balloon were all adhered with rolled up glue-dots, for just a touch of dimension. (I like to do this when foam seems like too much, but I still want the images raised a tiny bit.) Everything else was glued flat onto the background. I added some Enamel Accents to all the critters’ eyes, to make them pop, and then adhered the whole panel to my card-base with foam. Here’s a close-up:
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to see what all of you are creating, too. Leave a comment, or send me a note, and I’ll leave some love on your blog, too! Have a super wonderful day!
(Sorry… some of the items are no longer available, but there are many similar ones. The mice are from the Lawn Fawn Merry Christmouse stamp set, the patterned paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad.)
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