26 July 2018

Sock Hop - watercolour, die cutting

Sock races!!! A fun activity for a Christmas morning. My card features a House Mouse Designs stamp along with die cuts from several different places and Perfect Pearls on a Stampendeous background stamp.

Putting It Together

I got the cute little sock hop racers from a recent garage sale at a local scrapbooking store.

The stamp was wood mounted but I much prefer using my Misti especially since I often stamp on watercolour paper which is slightly textured and often requires a couple stampings to be complete. So, I removed the stamp from the wood and mounted it on a piece of acetate that was from packaging. The glue on the House Mouse wood mounts is really sticky but isn't difficult to lift the stamp without tearing it. It's also been rather warm here which helps make the glue more pliable. I also removed the decor from the front of the wood mount to put on my plastic mount. I use a bit or removable adhesive on the plastic mount and stamp with my Misti no problems.

I stamped the image with black Archival ink on AquaBee watercolor paper  and then used Zig Clean Color marker with waterbrushes to colour the image.

I added some Uniball white pen details.

Using a stitched rectangle die, I trimmed the coloured panel. I also die cut matting and some embellishments. I did a dry using the sketch from Crazy for Challenges.

I turned the sketch on its side for my card.

I used the Decor Music background stamp with Versamark to stamp on the kraft card base. I brushed on Biscotti Perfect Pearls for a subtle musical background.

I assembled my card, trimming the diagonal corners to fit the card base. I added some rhinestones to the flowers and the bow on the candy cane.

Inside, I used die cut sentiment from the same cardstock as the matting for the image and added the same flowers die cuts.



House Mouse and Friends: Christmas in July
Crazy For Challenges: Sketch
Crazy Hazelnut's Christmas: Red
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Krafty Christmas
Watercooler Wednesday: Holiday
Fab 'n' Funky: Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner: Christmas in July
Crafters' Cafe: Lots of Layers


  1. Brilliant, so refreshing, great stamp and awesome colours used. Thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes /option theme/CHRISTMAS IN JULY, current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  2. Love the House Mouse image, Rijacki! It's hard to get them in my area and I think they're darling. What a fun image this is, with the adorable little mice, each in their own stocking, having a race across the piano keys. And you've coloured them so beautifully, too, giving them dimension with the shading you've done. I love the a-kilter image with its unique die-cut matte. Great idea to have that subtle pearlized background on your kraft base. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  3. Love this card. It's so colorful and cute. It's great that you got the stamp at a craft store garage sale. We have one of those once a year about an hour from here. Lots of fun. Thank you for joining us at HMFMC. {Bunny} Designer for House Mouse and Friends

  4. What a fun card. Love how you colored it up, and the traditional holiday colors are perfect. Thanks for joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge and sharing it with us.


  5. I love these gorgeous little mice Rijacki! Such a fun card! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week!

  6. Cute Christmas card. Love the mouse stamp. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter’s cafe challenge.
    Varsha DT

  7. Love your fun card-cool to see the watercolor markers in use!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
    ♥ Sue Kment

  8. The little sock hopper racers are so much fun. You have designed your card beautifully. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

  9. Adorable cute image these guys are making em smile hopping in their Xmas socks..lol great colouring & design sweet take on the chall theme.

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

    mousey hugs Christine x

  10. Beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage :)

  11. Lovely Christmas card. Those mice are so sweet! Sorry for the delay in commenting. Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT


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