07 June 2018

Sew, What's New? - watercolour pencil, die cuts

Sew, what's new? These cute little mousies from House Mouse and Friends are stitching up on a shaped card featuring sewing related dies and stamps from Sizzix, Paper Smooches, Memory Box, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and We R Memory Keepers. The mousies are coloured with Nuvo watercolour pencils.

Putting It Together

I got an idea in my head and had to put it together. One of the challenges I follow specified a shaped card. That got me thinking about the embroidery hoop die to make a circle card. Thinking about sewing, I remembered the Tiny Tailor stamp in my stash and the idea began brewing.

While cropping and watermarking the images, I discovered I took fewer than I thought of the process. This was a fun card to put together. 

I stamped the image with dark brown on watercolour paper and used watercolour pencils with a waterbrush to colour the image.

At first, I was considering colouring the image with Prismacolor pencil, but yesterday morning I picked up a package which included Nuvo watercolour pencils I ordered a few weeks ago. So, I decided to give them a try with this project. I am so glad I did. The Nuvo pencils are dreamy. They're almost as creamy as crayons and they move well with a little bit of water on the watercolour paper. The colours blend marvellously.

To make the shaped card, I took an A2 card base I made earlier from kraft. I thought the kraft would make a nice base with the hoop. I found the circle die which was almost the same size as the hoop and used it to shape the base.

After colouring the image I used a stitched square die to trim it, and I die cut the hoop from chipboard. I pulled in another sewing related stamp set from my stash and did a dry fit with the ideas.

I used Cosmic Shimmer, silver Viva Decor Inka Gold, and Distress Oxide to colour the hoop.  I decided to stamp the x-stitch stamped heart from Paper Smooches with multi-colour ink because it was a bit formless when I stamped it in black. I stamped the sentiment in black on pearled cardstock.

I used a Memory Box die to cut a needle from foiled cardstock and threaded it with a bit of baker's twine. I used foam mounting tape under the mouses and the sentiment. I also used Gelly Roll pens to add coloured tops to the pens that I silvered.

Inside, I used another stamp from the x-stitches to give a small detail in the multi-colour ink. I otherwise left it blank because it's not a large card and space for a personal handwritten sentiment is nice.



House Mouse and Friends: Use Dies
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Shaped Card
Creative With Stamps: Cute Animals
Creative Moments: Animals
Watercooler Wednesday: Feminine
Simon Says Stamp Monday: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes


  1. Rijacki, you do exquisite work! What a lot of steps to arrive at your wonderful shaped creation! This is a stunning card and such fun with those adorable little House Mouse images. I haven't tried the Nuvo watercolour pencils but you make them sound like a "must-have". The results of your colouring certainly impresses me. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. This is just so darn cute! I love how you tied the sewing theme together with all the added elements. Awesome work!

  3. Fabulous project today, lovely design and your stamp is gorgeously coloured.
    Thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes option theme Use Dies current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  4. Rijacki this is fab and very beautiful
    Thank you for playing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
    Goodluck and hope we see you again.

    Gr Karin DT Member

  5. Wonderful card, Rijacki! Love House Mouse. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Marsha DT

  6. This is SEW cute! I love your idea. Your card is great! Thanks for joining the challenge at Just For Fun.

  7. The embroidery hoop is the perfect thing to give a circle card pizzazz! Love this card. Thanks for sharing with us at Just for Fun’s shaped card challenge. ~~Heidi @ My Little Stamping Blog

  8. What a sweet cute I image love the soft colouring such a creative design lovely take on the option theme

    Thanks for sharing with us @ House Mouse & friends Mon chall
    Smiles Christine xx

  9. What a super cute card, love the whole concept of it, really amazing. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  10. Awesome card!
    Thanks for playing at the House Mouse & Friends Challenge!
    Helen x (Guest Designer)

  11. An embroidery hoop and a needle die? Wow! I have never seen those before - and as an avid cross stitcher, I just might need those. Very clever design. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  12. Oh my Rijacki, I'm blown away by the amount of detail in this card. I was blown away by the threaded needle, but when yu look at the entire card there are so many aspects of it that are equally wonderful. Thanks so much for joining our Feminine Anything Goes challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  13. So fresh idea, very well done!
    hank You for joining us at Creative Moments challenge. DT Ella

  14. Such an amazing card! Thank you for entering our challenge this month.
    Creative hugs
    Mary xx

  15. Such attention to detail in the card you made and the details on your blog. Fabulous job on all aspects. Thanks for playing along with our cute animal challenge at Creative with Stamps!


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