07 July 2018

School Bus - Distress marker watercolour

Little mousies on their way back to school. What else would they use for a bus than a yellow lab pup ;-)

My back to school card features a House Mouse and Friends stamp coloured with Distress marker and dies from CC Designs and Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Putting It Together

The theme for the House Mouse and Friends challenge is "back to school". Instead of a studious mouse with books or similar, I decided to take a slightly different path and utilize the Dog Ride as their "bus" to school. A yellow lab is a yellow bus :-)

I stamped with a rusty red-brown on watercolour paper. I used two shades of yellow and a brown Distress marker and waterbrush to add colour and shading. I allowed the stamped fur lines to show through.

The Strathmore Windpower paper is made from recycled materials and from wind-powered energy for a more ecologically friendly paper.

I used additional Distress markers and waterbrush to finish out the scene.

I used a retired CC Designs die set to cut letters from watercolour patterned paper (scrap I had from a previous project) for the letters. I used a dotted die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to trim the puppy and mousie panel. I added them to a kraft card base.

Inside, I used a Kaisercraft stamp set for a school-related sentiment and detail.



House Mouse and Friends: Back to School
Crafter's Cafe: Keep It Simple
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Sketchy Challenges: Anything Goes
Love to Scrap: Anything Goes


  1. What an absolutely clever idea using this stamp for the optional theme of back to school! Love how you colored it up too. Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  2. Oh my goodness what a clever idea for back to school! A yellow lab bus! Genius!! haha the whole design of this is GORGEOUS!! :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge 🐰
    Lols x x x

  3. Love this card, idea, great stamp and colouring.. Thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes option theme BACK TO SCHOOL current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  4. Lol Super fun way to travel to school, these cute house mouse mice are so inventive..gorgeous creative take on the option theme .
    Thanks for sharing with us @ House Mouse & Friends Mon chall .

    mousey hugs Christine x

  5. Great take on our HMFMC challenge sweetie, such a fun card !! Thanks for joining us sweetie !!

    hugs Diane xx

  6. What a sweet card. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments.

  7. Pretty card. Thanks for playing at The Sketchy Challenges. DT Veronique


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