Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ready for Santa

Dragon and Chris Mouse and all the little mice have had a busy day wrapping presents and decorating the castle for Christmas.   Now they are finshing up, hanging their stockings on the mantle and settling down for a "long winter's nap", while waiting for Santa to arrive.  They are sending Christmas Greetings and hoping you "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

Dragon and Chris Mouse - Christmas in the Castle

Dragon and Chris Mouse close-up

Sentiment close-up

Candles on mantle close-up

Third Coast Rubber Stamps used:
Merry Little Christmas WS-091-B
Christmas Dragon  KG-004-Q
Chris Mouse  VB-355-G
Curious Five  MY-053-C
Burning Logs ES-105-D
Stone Arch Door  CH-460-L
Peaked Window Frame  CH-607-J
Round Stone Window  CH-656-I
Castle Mouse Hole  CH-658-G
Sconce  AP-126-B
Wall Stones  CH-620-C
Candle  DT-355-A
Table Candle  CH-194-A
Pine Trio  ES-044-B

Other Stamps Used:
Stone Floor  - Beeswax Rubber Stamps
Santa Sleigh and Reindeer - TPC Studio
Fireplace - Stampinks Unlimited

Begin by stamping Dragon and Chris Mouse in Memento Tuxedo Black ink using a stamp positioner.  After coloring with Copic markers, cover the images with VersaMark ink using a VersaMarker and clear heat emboss.  Continue this process, stamping , coloring, heat embossing, building the scene from front to back.  Gold and white gel pens were used for highlighting and to make the stars in the night sky.

Before the fireplace was stamped, the stockings were stamped where the mantle would be placed using a stamp positioner and coloring only the stocking part of the Chris Mouse stamp with a waterbased black marker.  A circle colored with a gold gel pen was added at the top corner of each stocking to look like they are hanging from a nail.  The candles were added after the fireplace was finished, using a stamp positioner and just inking and stamping the top part of the candles, which are also colored with Copics and clear heat embossed. 

The sky in the windows was sponged using Stampin' Up Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy ink and a Post-It note to form the snow drifts and a punched 5/8" circle as a mask for the moon.   Santa's sleigh is stamped in Night of Navy.  The pine tree is stamped wth Memento Tuxedo black and colored with Copics. 

The sentiment, "Merry Little Christmas", was stamped on a Spellbinders Deckled Mega Rectagle die cut on white Neenah cardstock.  It was stamped by coloring the stamp with Stampin' Up red and green markers.  The edges of the die cut were sponged with red and green Distress Inks and the frame part was colored with a red marker.  The sentiment was then popped-up with dimensional foam tape above the mantle. The wreath on the door and evergreen decorations under the windows are Jolee's stickers.  The holly on the sentiment is a sticker from an unknown company.

Sending Holiday Greetings and wishing you "have yourself a merry little Christmas".


Elizabeth Allan said...

Susan it is so much fun to see how you combine stamp images to create these fabulous and intricate scenes!

Kathi said...

This scene is pure genius. I love all the wonderful little details, your coloring, and the fantastic composition.

Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

This is Totally AWESOME -- I LOVE it!
Gorgeous coloring.
Love the Third Coast stamps you used too.
VickiR in OH

Lieselotte said...

This card is like a page out of a fairy tale book; the longer you look at it, the more details you discover. What a fun card!