Make a Christmas Card that will Make Them Smile!

If you want to make a Christmas card that will make them smile, the Merry Mice stamp set will help you do just that!  In fact it will have you smiling the entire time you’re making the card(s).

Handmade Christmas card from Stamping Madly using Merry Mice set from Stampin' Up!

If you haven’t played with the Merry Mice Stamp Set yet, you might want to add it to your next order!  The images are all very fun.  You can see other samples in these posts:  Shaker Card, Fun Handmade Card.  These cards have been very popular on my Pinterest and Facebook Pages.

The best news is that Merry Mice is currently on sale for 25% off, that’s only $12.75 for the clear-mount set.

Merry Mice Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! for fun handmade Christmas Cards

Merry Mice Stamp Set (wood-mount 142142, clear-mount 142145)

Supplies used:  Bermuda Bay, Dapper DenimPool Party, and Shimmery White CardstocksShimmery White is my first choice when coloring images.  The coloring was done with a Blender Pen and inks (Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Garden Green and Smoky Slate).  For the star and parts of the ornament, I used some Gold Lamé Pearlized Accent Ink (no longer a Stampin’ Up! product, but available online).  The background was embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, and the image was cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Stitched Shapes Framelits from Stampin' Up! give a finished look to handmade cards

Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372)

Speaking of the Stitched Shapes Framelits, they’re already on backorder.  Stampin’ Up! thought they had ordered plenty, but customers have been snatching them up like hot cakes!  If you want these Framelits, it’s best to order them soon.  They expect to have more in the warehouse by November 28th, and if you order now, you’ll get on the waiting list sooner.  Hopefully they won’t go on backorder again, but you never know.  And I know most stampers:  They want new items when they want them, not a month later!

Here’s a little story about this card:  It made for a very interesting AND fun design process.  I started coloring the sweater with Dapper Denim.  I had figured I’d use some Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green with it.  But as I was coloring, it was as if the mouse was talking with me.  I thought I’d name him for fun, but he didn’t like the name I chose, and told me his name is Julian.

No, I’m not ready for the loony bin.  It was just a sense I had of the mouse character, and I let him “guide” the rest of the coloring.  When it was time to color his pants, I went over to my inks, looked at my collection of Regals, but no, he wanted the bright Bermuda Bay.  He was very definite about the other choices “we” made.  Yes to stars.  No to Cherry Cobbler.  Yes to Gold Lamé.  The more stars the better, so I embossed the background and added the Dapper Denim Enamel Shape to the tag.  I kept up this little design dialogue with him all the way through.  Sort of like being in kindergarten again, don’t you think?

Leave a comment and let me know if you think I’m ready for the loony bin, or if your design process also works in mysterious ways at times!

Now get off your computer and go make a Christmas Card that will make them smile!

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