05 August 2017

Joy - Distress water colouring and Joy fold card

Three little mices enjoying a bit of candy joy! Such holiday fun! Fa, la, la, la, la, la, and all that jazz!

A House Mouse stamp coloured with Distress inks is featured in a joy fold card.


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Putting It Together

I decided to try a different card fold and, when looking around for card fold inspiration, I stumbled on a fold called "joy fold" and thought that was just too fitting. The Joy Fold is essentially two cards linked together, rather easy but looks great. 

 I stamped the image with black archival ink on watercolour cardstock.

I decided to make the mice in different colours, two browns and a grey.

I love how the images come to life while I paint.

Adding in more shading and green to the ground.

The palette of Distress inks I used.

I decided to use a pierced die to trim the panel.

To make the panel shorter than the die cut, after cutting it the first time, I matched up the holes on the side and slid down the top. With the pierced holes in the same spots, I ran it through a second time.

The finished panel.

I used my image panel to guide the cuts for the joy fold to fit in an A4 envelope.

  • Outside, white 100lb cardstock: 8" x 4 1/4", scored and folded at 2 1/2"
  • Inner, green 80lb cardstock: 8 1/2" x 3 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4" 
  • Chalkboard patterned paper: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Plaid patterned paper: 4" x 3 1/4"
  • Sweater patterned paper: 2 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Sentiment panel, white (not in the pile, added later): 4" x 2 3/4"

I dry fit them all together.

I used the Distress Tool to rough up the edges a little.

I added a snip of ribbon, a remnant I bought in a mixed pack at a jumble sale sponsored by a local scrapbooking shop. I anchored the ribbon sandwiched between the image panel and the green base. I used mini Glue Dots to make sure it stays put. I used Scor-tape on the back of the green base to adhere it to the main base.

To help placing the green base, I turned snips of the Scor-tape's release paper side ways. This keeps the Scor-tape from sticking immediately and is easily removed when it's in place. I added the white panel to the inside of the green base to make it easier to add a personal greeting and to have a bright background for the sentiment I stamped in red.

Before adding in the last patterned paper, I added another ribbon snip lined up with the first. I anchored it with Mini Glue Dots as well and then covered the end with the last patterned paper.

I added three red gems to the card and tied a bow. The bow helps to keep the card closed.

 Inside the card, I also added a sentiment on the inside of the white flap.


House Mouse and Friends: Christmas in July
Crafter's Cafe: More Than One Fold
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: 3 of Something
Addicted to Stamps and More: Holiday
Crafty Friends: Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner: Celebrate
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Food or Drink
Aurora Wings: Fur and Feathers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes


  1. Cute card inside and out. You're right when you say they come to life when you color them. I love your inside sentiment. Thank you for joining us at House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge. {Bunny} Designer for House Mouse and Friends

  2. Precious, Rijacki! Really love your coloring, fabulous fold and fun sentiment. What an adorable card! Thanks so much for joining us at Aurora Wings. xxD

  3. Super adorable mousey card fab traditional Christmas colours great step by step tute.

    Thanks for sharing with us at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

    Smiles Christine xx

  4. A fabulous project and gorgeous colours used. Thank you so much for entering into our current challenge and good luck in the draw. Hope to see you again next challenge with your cute work…. {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends

  5. Your card is adorable. Those sweet mice are the cutest and I love the design of your card too! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

  6. So cute, thanks for joining us at crafty friends, xxx

    LOVE your SUPER CUTE Christmas mice and FANCY folds!
    Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

  8. Such a cute Christmas image, love those cheeky house mice.
    Thanks for joining us at ATSM. :0)

  9. Great multi fold card. Love those mouses. Thank you for entering your wonderful creation at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "More than one fold" challenge.

  10. Hello,
    It’s lovely to see you have joined in the ‘Christmas in July’ challenge at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog with another one of your beautiful cards. I really do love these little mice which you have coloured lovely... Good luck in the draw and we hope you will come back again very soon.

    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  11. Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

  12. This is one of my favorite card folds! Love your coloring. Thanks for playing with us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!


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