Dec 11, 2021

Christmas Mice with Faux Shiplap Background Paper Technique

Hello and welcome!

It's my turn to host this week's Allsorts challenge and the new challenge starts today! The theme I chose for this week is... Wings and/or Tails. Lots of options here so hopefully you'll play along with us for a chance to win. We're giving away 2 Woodware stamps this week, so there will be 2 winners. 


And here is what I made:


I recently mentioned that even though I have trouble coloring up digi stamps because of the ink smearing, sometimes I just can't resist them and this was another such occasion! 

This cutie was a recent release from Rachelle Anne Miller (PS: Coupon code SAVING10 should give you 10% off your order), I just fell in love with these huge ears, these mice are just so cute, I just had to have this image!

I colored the image with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, which is what I usually have to do with digi stamps. I do love the softer look of colored pencils and enjoy coloring when I have time, but it does take some extra planning as I don't always have extra time for coloring. I've been thinking about purchasing a laser printer so I can use other coloring mediums but then I'd rather spend the money on stamps or inks instead of a printer since the printer we have now does work fine otherwise.... 

The background paper was done using an easy DIY shiplap paper technique.

It really couldn't be easier, all you have to do is score heavy weight card stock at about 3/4 of an inch apart using a scoring tool (press hard for deep score lines) then use an ink pad of your choice to create a wooden texture. You hold the ink pad flat so you can ink up the raised (scored) lines and then naturally the ink pad will also touch some of the card creating a wooden look. I used Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink on this card, but have done this with the Weathered Wood ink pad before. I've first learned of this technique from Karen's blog



The sentiment comes as part of the digi stamp, here I added it under the striped paper scrap. The heart frame die I used is by Avery Elle. I would have loved this star frame die more, but I don't have it yet and it seems like very time I place an Amazon order I forget about it!!


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Image above & Sentiment available HERE (Use code SAVING10 for 10% off)

Other products used available here:



Also used:

Cutterbee Scissors for Fussy Cutting
Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink for inking the heart frame die cut


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I'm linking up here:
Inspiration Station - Star Light Star Bright // Crafty Catz - Christmas Celebrations // Double Trouble Challenges - You Choose a Theme (I chose Christmas) // Cut It Up - Holiday Cards // Just Add Ink - Christmas // Winter Wonderland - Christmas // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas // Krafty Chicks - Christmas // Little Red Wagon - Never Before Used (digi stamp is new and never used before) // Paper Shelter - Celebrations // The Paper Funday - Holidays // Christmas with the Cuties - Meet me under the mistletoe // Colouring in Scrapland - Christmas // Crafting Happiness Challenges - AG // Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas // Crafty Calendar - Christmas* // Challenge Up Your Life - Magical Christmas // Di's Digis Designs - Christmas //  CAS on Friday - Christmas // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring //  Die Cut Divas - Christmas *// Unicorn Challenge - Winter // Double Trouble Challenges  - Anything Goes and Snowflakes for Thing 3 // 

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47 comments:

  1. What a really sweet and cute image. No wonder you couldn’t resist! Love that heart circle die too - can see why you want the star version as well!!! Maybe Santa will be kind???

    Great background- thanks for sharing how it was created. Will have to try and remember that idea.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  2. I have the very same problem with digis Ellie, but this looks really brilliant with the soft colours and so sweet. Great theme thank you.

    B x

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  3. This image is so sweet Ellie .. I don’t often use digis either even though I don’t have too much trouble with ink smearing, but like you this week I couldn’t resist! I love your wood background technique (must try that) and the due is so pretty .. gorgeous make all round x

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  4. Adorable card! Love the cute little mice
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn💖

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  5. Oh Ellie I am in love with this wonderful festive creation those mice are beautiful even with the big ears, I get the same problem with colouring my digi images Ellie often the ink streaks a real pain, this is marvelous
    hugs
    lolo x

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  6. Aww, so sweet and cute Ellie, what gorgeous little mice they are - a super festive card.
    Lorraine

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  7. More than cute Ellie, gorgeous card, xxx

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  8. Those little mice are just delightful and so cute, Ellie, as is your darling card. Thank you for sharing your lovely card, and for playing along with us on The Paper Shelter Blog Hop. Good luck on your entry and I hope to see you again. Hugs, Lori - DT

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  9. I'm stopping by from the Crafty Catz blog after linking up my own card. This is ADORABLE!!! Such cute little mice and that heart frame frame them perfectly!! The stars would have looked fabulous as well. I love your soft colors and the rustic look your background adds. I've done that technique before but have quite forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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  10. Cute and fabulous card, great tip for the background!
    Have you ever tried to add clear embossing powder immediataly when the image comes from the printer ( and heat it ). Or just let it dry for the next day or maybe use the heater. I colour my digi-images with markers.
    Happy weekend;-))m

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    1. I've done the heat embossing when I printed on vellum paper but the powder doesn't stick to the regular white card stock I use. I do usually print out a few days ahead of time but even then it usually smears. I think the humidity is just high here or something.

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  11. Love the circle heart die cut surrounding the adorable mice, excellent choice. Your penciling coloring is perfect and love the wooden background you created and description of how to... love everything about your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and The Paper FunDay.

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  12. Oh Ellie - how adorable! Just love your pair of mice atop the shiplap!! Your coloring looks amazing and I love the wreath with bitty heart too!! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas!!

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  13. This is too adorable and a wonderfully executed CAS design! Thanks for dropping this off by our house at 613 Avenue Create...we appreciate the visit!
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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  14. Oh that is so cute!!! And I love the wood fence background. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    DT
    Crafter's Castle
    crafterscastle.blogspot.com

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  15. That background is fabulous and the little mice sitting around the tree are precious! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

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  16. Sweet card, Ellie. I love the delicate, soft colors against the woodgrain background. Wonderful use of your circular framework, too. Thank you for joining us at Double Trouble Challenge #99.

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  17. Adorable card and well-done on the woodgrain technique! xoxo

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  18. A beautiful Card, Thanks for sharing it with us at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

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  19. This is so beautiful. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

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  20. You did a great job creating this adorable card. I hadn't heard about the shiplap technique but it looks so beautiful and rustic. And I agree those mice are too cute!!

    Here's a tip for you. When I want to buy something from Amazon, I just put it in my cart. It will be there next time I make a purchase! There's also an option to "save for later" which I use often, too.

    Thanks for sharing your Holiday Card with us at Cut it Up!

    Evelyn
    http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Great idea with the shopping cart! Thanks for sharing! I've added things to the "save for later" list before but never actually use it. Probably should revisit that list...I'm sure there are things from years ago on there that are no longer relevant :)

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  21. Such adorable mice and I love that faux shiplap look; I'm going to have to try that technique. Pinned.

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  22. Oh, these little mice are so sweet and I love the layout. I used to have issue with digi's smearing the ink but now I print in Grayscale and heat set the ink with my heat tool before coloring with alcohol markers..no longer have that smearing problem. Thank you for entering your lovely project in our challenge at The Inspiration Station. Donna

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    1. Thanks for the tip on printing in gray scale, will have to try that sometime!

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  23. I'm back with another DT Hat on to comment on this wonderful card! Thanks for entering your lovely project in our challenge at The Paper Funday. Donna

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  24. This is adorable, I can see why you couldn't resist getting these mice. Your coloring is beautiful and the faux wood background looks fab!

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  25. oh my goodness that is a totally cute image. You've coloured it beautifully and the die and background are the perfect combo.

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  26. Wow, this is just amazingly cute! Thanks for sharing the background details too, and for joining us at Double Trouble!

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  27. This is so cute! The heart frame is lovely!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  28. So cute! Love these little mice! Thanks for joining us at CUYL.

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  29. What a gorgeous card Ellie - your colouring is beautiful and i love that background
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  30. Those mice are super cute! Great job of adding color to a digital image. Thank you so much for the instructions on how to make a faux shiplap background. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

    sue n.

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  31. Oh I love the shiplap technique, I'll have to give that a try myself. Your nice are utterly adorable!!

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  32. What a pair of cuties they are on your lovely card, thanks for sharing at Christmas with the Cuties.

    Pat xx

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  33. Thanks for the mini tutorial, I love the way it looks with your darling mice. Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Little Red Wagon this week!

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  34. Such a cute image and wonderfully colored up. The design is perfect with the wreath surrounding the mice & tree.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/2021/12/frantic-stamper-in-december-could.html for our Challenge of Winter/Christmas project with an optional twist to make a shaped Winter/Christmas Card.

    I know what you mean about ink smearing. I did wait until my old printer died before buying my color laser printer, but I do love my printer.

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  35. A wonderful card Ellie and I'm not surprised you couldn't resist those adorable mice! Love your tip on the faux shiplap too. There really are some amazing digi images now but I have no printer at all at the moment so that makes my mind up for me!! Vicky x

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  36. A lovely image and gorgeous card. Vee xx

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  37. Oh this IS cute! I bet it was fun to color in, like an adult coloring book. You did a great job!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  38. This is just so sweet - I love the design! Thanks so much for joining us at colour crazy challenge!

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  39. Totally adorable!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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  40. Absolutely stunning card! I love the way you created the background wood look - I thought it was a backing paper at first! I love everything about this card...so professional! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Colour Crazy Challenge! Vic, DT x

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  41. love your card! thank you for participating in the Crafts Galore Encore challenge at http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/

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  42. Your creation is beautiful🥰! Thank you so much for your participation at Inspiration Station Challenge😃 Please come back soon😍!
    Marci - DT

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