FMS263 Merry Mice and The Mini Minc

Let me start with a kind thank you to Cécile Ribon, our incredibly talented and very artistic designer at Freshly Made Sketches, has created an interesting sketch for us this week.  I say interesting because it has my nemesis, multiple circles.  Sigh.  All things considered, I think it turned out okay.  Despite my phobia with circles, I got so involved in those that I missed a couple important points of the sketch, the division of the panel with a top and bottom and the sentient in the lower left corner.  So, I’m not a very good example; don’t forget to take a good look at the actual sketch below.

fms263-merry-mice-and-circlI saw this really cool video by Becca Feeken on adding foil borders to die cuts and I really wanted to try it.  It shows how to use a Mini Minc and Circle Dies to create these foil bordered circle cutouts.  NOTE:  I used Nestabilities Dies for this project; the dies have the cutting edge in the middle of the dies and therefore, leaves a border on both the main panel and the cutout.  I’m having some issues with my toner pritnter and that makes issues with the foil sticking solidly.  I still have lots of learning and practicing to do with my Minc.

Anyway, for easy placement of the stamped images, I drew a circle with pencil around each hole onto the cardstock that would be behind it, stamped the images in Smoky Slate (exception: sentiment in Garden Green) and colored them with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.  No water.  Sidenote:  It’s soooooooo relaxing to stamp it up and take it out on the lanai to color while enjoying this glorious weather.

fms263-glitter-and-glossy-aThere are lots of tiny little places to add glitter and Glossy Accents… noses and eyes, string of lights, stars and ornament.

Here’s the sketch that you really should follow more closely than I did!

fms263-cecile-ribonI hope that you look at this sketch and say “Oh, cool!” and run to your craft room with an overabundance of ideas!  But, first, don’t forget to jump over to Freshly Made Sketches to see awesome designs that follow the sketch!  I hope I see you in the gallery this week!  Remember, stamping is therapeutic, so make sure you get lots of stamping time throughout the holidays!

Happy Stamping!


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  2. Robin Feicht

    So cute! You’re mice almost look like they are floating in bubbles.

  3. Jen Mitchell

    Boy, that foil around the edges adds quite a bit of pizzazz! I love how the circles are like little windows peeking in on those adorable mice!

  4. Jen Timko

    Oh that foil! And your adorable mice! And the fabulous coloring! What line in the sketch, haha. Mine, um, sort of let it go a bit too.

  5. Jen Brum

    This is such a great card Cindy! Those little mice are so sweet and they’re coloured beautifully! Love their shiny circles! So sweet for Christmas!

  6. Bobbi Miller

    Beautiful!! Just like that gorgeous photo of you! Love the card as well as the blog look. Hugs!

  7. KarrenJ

    Oooh that foil idea looks so cool. I’m definitely going to watch that! Your card is adorable, Cindy and such a great use of the sketch – circles and all 🙂

  8. Linda Callahan

    Well you knew just what to do with those circles! This is adorable! Love those mice and your coloring is fab…..jealous of the outdoor coloring!

  9. Kathy

    I think you are a great example Cindy. I love this stamp set and you did a great job with the circles. I especially like the foil borders.

  10. Cécile R

    Wow Cindy! I totally love your take on the sketch ! You really rocked it ! Those foil borders are terrific! Love the cute mice too. The bottom panel and the sentiment are not that important. Creativity means to be able to freely follow a sketch in a way we can still clearly see it! That’s what you’ve done.

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