17 September 2017

School Days - Distress and Oxide Distress with embossing and House Mouse

School books need a bookmark. How about a little curious mouse encouraging your studies? I created this tag/bookmark as inspiration for the House Mouse and Friends challenge blog. I'm a guest on the design team for September and October.

This bookmark tag features a House Mouse and Friends stamp, embossing, Distress Oxide, and Distress ink watercolouring.

Putting It Together

I decided to do a bookmark for the challenge inspiration. I wanted to keep it low profile to be usable as a bookmark while still having a little dimension and character. I also was going for something that would work for male or female student and have an Autumn feel.

I decided to use the Hopeful Mouse because he looks so curious, a good trait for school.

I stamped on some scrap, watercolour cardstock for the mouse in clay Mememto ink and archival black for the name tag on white.

I trimmed the name tag and cut a second to stack for a slight bit of dimension.

I used 3 Dustress ink to watercolour the mouse, using the red clay stamping as well.

I covered the image with Distress Microglaze to seal it against any water.

I fussy cut the cute little mouse with a bit of margin to keep the details.

I traced the cut mouse on white scrap cardstock.

I fussy cut the tracing on the inside so I could adhere it to the back of the mouse without it showing. Having a layer of cardstock beneath the name tag and mouse give them a little bit of dimension while keeping the bookmark tag very low profile to be usable between the pages of a book without distorting the book.

For the embossing, I wanted to use a background stamp larger then the tag. I used removable adhesive to secure the tag in the Misti.

I prepped the tag with the powder tool for a sharper embossing.

I use a coffee filter when I pour on the embossing powder and then tap the back with a pencil. I used embossing powder I got from a recent garage sale hosted by a local scrapbooking store. I paid just 10 cents for a baggie of a lovely green powder long retired and the company that made it only a memory.

I heat set the embossing. I'm not sure the 'distressing' in the embossig was from the stamping, the embossing powder, or whatnot, but I like it.

I dry fit the mouse the name tag.

I covered the tag with Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans.

I then sprinkled it with water,

heat set it,

added more colour and wiped the embossing which resists the ink.

I added more colour, water, and heat, until I got a look I felt 'done'.

The Oxides and embossing used on the background. I also sealed the background with micro glaze.

I adhere the mouse and name tag, I used Scor-tape. The Scor-tape is slightly dimensional and adheres to an uneven surface better than tape runner.

I added a bit of grey cord to finish.



House Mouse and Friends: School Days
Pearly Sparkles: Fur and Paws
Scrapping 4 Fun: Techniques (watercolouring, embossing resist, Oxides)
Scribbles Designs: Embossing
A Bit More Time To Craft: Anything Goes


  1. Fabulous job you did on this bookmark. Now I want one! Great tutorial and I do love the Hopeful Mouse. Great project! [Bunny]

  2. Hi Kate super cute book mark very useful, love the embossing & sparkle great GD creation.

    smiles Christine x

  3. Fabulous bookmark featuring that cute little mouse!

  4. Super fun idea for a back to school theme. And super cute too. Love your bookmark and sweet little mouse.


  5. aww, very cute bookmark Rijacki :-) the little mouse is adorable and I love the background design and label, very cute :-)

    Lols x x x

  6. So sweet Rijacki !!

    hugs Diane xx

  7. This is cute and a very clever idea!
    Lia, DT S4F

  8. Lovely,
    Thank you for Joining us at Scrapping4funChallenge and waiting to see next time.

    Meena S4F DT

  9. Adorable bookmark tag
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  10. such a cute little mouse, and a great process pictures. Thank you for joining us over at Scrapping4FunChallenges
    Jane (DT)

  11. Fabulous bookmark Rijacki, love the design and that little mouse is so cute! Thank you for sharing with us over at Scribbles Designs!
    Sherry x - DT for Scribbles Designs
    Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

  12. Hello… Thanks for sharing your project with us… your little mouse tag is lovely and fits perfectly with our “Embossing” challenge theme… please join us next time and Good Luck in the draw.
    [Diane Louise, DT Member, Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog]


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