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Xmasmouse_2 Recipe:

  • All images by ElzybellsNA
  • Card Stock:  Red, black, olive
  • Copic Markers in Lt. Olive, Pea Green, Light Rouge, Sand, Blush, Cool Grey No. 1,  Tonal Grey No. 5
  • Piped Organdy Ribbon (black) by A Muse
  • Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (heat set)
  • Papier Clear Glass Finish by Plaid


What can I say?  This mouse just CRACKS me!  I’m not even in to mice, but this li’l guy is irresistible!  This was my first bonafide attempt at shading with the grey Copics.  I have a ways to go, but, I’ll never learn if I don’t practice.

One thing that was very fun to do, was color in the mouse with the Sand marker, and then do the pink of his ears as an after-thought with the Blush marker.  I could never have done this with water-based markers, so I was tickled to death that I didn’t have to toss the piece once I realized AFTER I’d colored him in, that I wanted his ears to be tinted! 

Lack of planning (grimace) on my part for this design, ultimately led to having to choose a standard A-2 (4.25 x 5.5") card as the base.  I didn’t wanna fuss too much with embellishments, and decided that two bands of knotted ribbon would accent the project perfectly.

The finishing touch?  Papier Clear Glass Finish on the ornament, which *totally* enhances the effect of roundness and reflection!

Anyway, I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt, and gives the feeling that the mouse is dangling from the tree in the darkness of the house on Christmas Eve–at least, that was the effect I was going for!  LOL!

Along with that sense of progress, I’m experiencing progress on learning the software for My Creative Classroom.  I swear, when it comes to things computer and technical, I often feel like I’m dumber than a box of rocks!  It’s slow-going for a chick like me, but, I finally had some major mental light-bulbs last night, and I’m feeling very good, and thankful now, that I didn’t give up when I reached an all-time low in self-motivation.

I’m off The Rock for the day, and that is a goodly thing I expect I will enjoy on this grey day! *chuckle*  Have a good one!

  1. Very cute! Love the new images that they’ve come out with lately. And your coloring is great!


  2. What a super cute card! Love that li’l mouse image and the reflection in the Christmas bulb!

  3. This is soooo cute, Julie! Your coloring looks awesome! I just ordered some Elzybells, and I can’t wait to get them.

  4. Totally love the mouse! Makes a really cute card and your coloring is great. tfs

    Bev J.

  5. Oh, this is SO cute!!! You did a great job with the coloring…and the image is adorable! LOVE THE CARD :)

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