Mixed Media Mice

The current challenge at the House Mouse Challenge blog is themed "Use a charm". How fun is that?

I created my card using the Catchin' Some Shade image from the Very Mice Coloring Book. I colored the mice, their towels and the umbrella with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I then did the sand with soft pastels, blending two shades of peach together and then sprayed the panel with a workable fixative. 

Once it was dry, I masked off two clouds in the sky and inked the sky by blending Memento Inks. I love the texture one gets from blending the inks on paper with a tooth. I then added a bit of shadowing to the clouds with my pencils as well as coloring the shells and adding some extra depth to spots in the sand. The workable fixative allows for more coloring over the top of it.

Using a stamp from my stash of wood mounted retired Stampin Up stamps, I added the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and put clear embossing powder on it.

To completed the card, I added the colored panel to a white cardbase and then glued a pewter starfish charm to the sand. While this card is completely one layer (well expect for the charm) it is truly mixed media in that I used pencils, soft pastels and ink to complete it.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Catchin' Some Shade image from the Very Mice Coloring Book Vol 1
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Krylon Workable Fixative
Prismacolor pencils
Soft pastels
Memento inks
Retired Stampin Up stamp from my stash
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clear Embossing powder
Pewter starfish charm


  1. This is fabulous, Monica. The colors are just gorgeous. What a wonderful job you did on this card. [Bunny]

  2. Gorgeous Monica, love it !! Your colouring is amazing sweetie and so glad you have joined in our fun challenge at HMFMC !!

    hugs Diane xx

  3. Gorgeous card, so nice to see you at our challenge as your card is adorably cute, and also thank you for joining in our challenge theme of ADD A CHARM /Anything goes , current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  4. Super cute card Monica love the vibrant colours grea take on the chall option theme Charmed

    Thanks for sharing with us @ House Mouse & Friends chall.

    mousey hugs Christine xx

  5. Fabulous card, Monika! Super cute image and beautiful colouring using different techniques. Thanks for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” September Challenge.
    Carole x DT

  6. What a fabulous umbrella! anfd lovely card. Thank you for joining in the QKR Stampede challenge this week.

  7. Oh, Monica, this is so precious! Love all your bright colors. I'm absolutely delighted that you are playing in our "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  8. Great card Monica!Love the coloring and the cute charm.Thanks for playing in our Crafts Galore Encore Challenge