Hi friends! I am happy to be helping my friends over at Colorado Craft Company share their new Anita Jeram release for March 2022. This release is full of the darling little critters that we love, and as I was creating my project, I kept thinking how utterly relatable all of these little scenes are. They don’t just show a cute critter up to some silly antics, but rather they are little vignettes of real life-whether that’s parenthood, kiddos, holidays, friends, marriage… The scene that I watercolored for today’s card comes from the new Family Love stamp set. My husband and I have two sets of twins, ages 8 and almost 2, and while we don’t have quite as many kiddos as the family seated on the couch, sometimes it really feels like that with all of them crawling all over us haha! Let’s get started with the details.
I began by stamping the main image from Family Love onto some watercolor paper using black pigment ink, to which I added clear embossing powder and heat set to make the lines super crisp and stark. I used my Holbein watercolors to add blues, purple, and gray to the couch and critters, creating a dark background so that the light gray mice could pop with minimal shading necessary. I die cut the finished image using the coordinating die.
Next, I wanted to create a kind of “wallpaper” in the background, so I began with a panel of medium blue cardstock, then lightly blended some darker blue ink in the center. Over the top of the ink blending, I placed a botanical stencil and added a subtle touch of tone-on-tone blending to create a bit of interest to the background.
I stamped the greeting from Family Love onto another rectangle of the same blue cardstock used for the card base and heat embossed the greeting using black pigment ink and clear embossing powder. I popped both the image and the sentiment up using foam adhesive. I love how you don’t have to do a ton of stamping to create a sweet little scene-the Anita Jeram stamps do most of the stamping work for you!
Well, that’s all for my project today! To celebrate their newest Anita Jeram release for March 2022, Colorado Craft Company is giving away one stamp set to commenters on each stop on the blog hop. Simply leave a comment on this post by midnight on 3/31/2022 to be entered to win! You can stop by the Colorado Craft Company blog for more information on the hop.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!
Meghan Kennihan says
OMG! These mice are sooo cute! I love your colors and coloring!
Your coloring of the cute mice family really pops!
Kay Lefevre says
All those blues make the happiness of the mouse family pop!
Maria Petkash says
This is so adorable Emily! I love wallpaper background too. Anita Jeram critters are the cutest and I always look forward to when CCC has a new release.
Lynn S. says
Love the colours and the wallpaper.
Barbara Taylor says
Love the use of the blues
Carol McCready says
Such a sweet scene. I love your color combination.
Ann Henke says
Love the use of a background stamp for the wal paper here
Arlene R says
This card is absolutely amazing! The use of the grey, purple and blues is so unique. Thanks for the inspiration.
Love the colors! Very different.
Patricia Beck says
Love the blue background, as it makes your scene pop! Thanks for sharing your card, and the chance to win.
patricia rowe says
The blues are amazing. Thanks for the details. Such a clever saying, too.
Lori Podolsky says
Fabulous background and really sweet card, Emily. Love that stamp set, too.
Linda Gorman says
Beautiful card! I love the blues❤️ What a great release. Thanks for sharing!
Stephanie Serrano says
Carolyn Reiners says
Oh my this is so dang cute.
Heike Carlson says
Really like how you made the wallpaper background for the scene. So cute!
Susie Comi says
The mice are adorable: your coloring is fabulous.
Mary Holshouser says
Fun card. Everybody is cozy and
doing their thing. thanks for sharing
Marie Siler says
Super cute card. Reminds me of my daughter’s house. She only has 2 kids but sounds like 5! Love Anita’s images.
Christine - Dances With Hooves Paper Design says
Lisa Heimiller says
Yes, “A Whole Lot of Love”. Love the sentiment, love your card.
Laurie G says
Awesome designs….great background
Absolutely love the colors you choose
Irene Gebe-Norris says
Love that family of mice, probably living in my garage somewhere. Cute color take.
K Andrews says
Really nice coloring on this card Emily; I really like the blue with the white mice, and the wallpaper is really a nice detail. The purple pillows really pop too. Very nice. Thank you so much for sharing.
Carla G Hundley says
Oh too pretty! Love
the stamp, colors and
Carla from Arizona
Sharon Robbins says
Love the blues and wallpaper effect! Awesome card!
Christy Malone says
This is so cute! I love all the gorgeous blues!
Kate Treasure says
I love the colors you chose for this sweet card! I am a big Anita Jeram fan! I look forward to her new releases! Thank you
I love the Anita Jerum characters. Your card is darling.
Suzanne Guardiola says
I love the colors you chose. Right down to the yellow pop of the couch legs. Too cute! Thanks for sharing.
Super cute card, Emily! I love the way you shaded the mice so that they still appear to be white, but have great depth and dimension. Very nice photography as well.
Jeanne Beam says
Adorable card! Love the cute mice and the colors are amazing…
Thanks for sharing.
Lisa H says
Love all the blues on this card! Very well done. I love the new release from CCC, The new Anita Jeram stamps are my favorite
Angie L says
Using tone on tone for the sofa and background really makes the mice stand out. Love it.
Geri S says
Beautiful cards and coloring! I love how the focal point of the mice just pops out.
Sue D says
Cute scene in shades of blue with a pop of purple.
Lori K. says
Now that’s a mouse family I would love to have jump on my couch! They are so adorable. Love the coloring – the card is so much fun! Thank you for sharing!!
Judy McDonald says
The blues and purple are just beautiful together and loved that you added the stenciling to the background.
Trish Cox says
Emily, I love all of the blue….it makes me feel happy!
Fantabulous blue based card! How sweet and adorable these new stamp images are! I cannot wait to get my hands on my own set!
What a beautiful card! I love the blues and purples!
Helen F says
This is such an adorable card Emily. I love the beautiful background. Another super release. Thanks so much for your great inspiration 😊
Jeanne R says
So cute. Love your card. Those mice are like everywhere on that couch. I just keep seeing more.
Trudy A. Neumann says
This is so BLUEtiful!!😜😂I LOVE IT!… And then, there’s that pop of purple. The backgd looks like coll wallpaper. Wonderful job.
donna mikasa says
Love how “true to life” your card is with your wonderfully large family! Great design as always!
Denise Bryant says
Love your color combo on this adorable scene! Such a cute image!
Wonderful card! Love the blue!
Marisela Delgado says
Fabulous color choice!
Marisela Delgado says
Kristina gentle says
Fantastic coloring choice. blue on blue is so-good.
Such a fun new set by Anita! And your coloring is always impeccable. Such a cute card!
Amy Solovay at the Knitting, Crochet and Crafts Blog says
This is ADORABLE! What a fun set!
Jill Rauenhorst says
Love the blues and purples, they really set off the mice nicely. And that background is fabulous!
Lori Podolsky says
Love the blue/purple colours, Emily. So cute! I love the way you’ve used these cute sets. Thanks for the great inspiration. Have a happy day. Lori xx
Donna Walls says
Ok…this set and your card are too adorable to mention!
Kristina Robinson says
Love these colors! Dark blues are my absolute fave.
Very pretty. I like the blue color. Delightful card! Fantastic new release.
roxanne tellini says
I would describe this as Joyful Noise. Imagine having 9 little ones.
stacey carpenter says
Love the colors you used for the stamp and the mice family are so cute!
stacey carpenter says
so adorable, love it!
Sharon Gullikson says
How cute the limited palate is. Such adorable rodents, too!
Lori K says
So cute! These little mice are so adorable … I wouldn’t mind if they jumped all over my couch. The coloring is perfect – thank you for sharing your project
Melissa Leftrick says
Ohh this is so cute and I love that blue!!!
Beautiful card! I love this family image, and loving sentiment. Cool coloring.
Lauryne Cunningham says
Love all the blue and the beautiful background!
Patti G says
I love this new release!!
Kelly Kuharik says
This is so cute!
Jeanne R says
Love the card. Good tip on heat embossing the stamp lines for a crisp line.
Pennie Stone says
Love that you made the image the focal point!
Yvonne Boucher says
Love your adorable card
Dee Earnshaw says
this is just adorable – thanks for sharing
Hi Emily, I LOVE Blue. This is the first time I have seen your blog and I will be coming back. I am happy to fine someone who likes to use water colors and colored pencils. Your Family Love cards is so nice. I would have never thought to use so much blue, but it beautiful. I love the purple cushions on the couch. I am looking forward to your next card.
Jeanne R says
Love the blue blue card. Love the background. Love all the mice all over the couch.
Christie W says
So adorable! <3 love these!
What a darling scene ! As a blue lover, I love your choice of colour and the fact you use it for the whole card. BTW your background is stunning. Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration and for the chance to win.
Love how you made the mice “pop” and the added stencil detail in the background, beautiful!
Arlene Plastine says
I really like your card Emily. We only had 2 children a little under 3 years apart. The 2 of them could act like 4 or 6 children on any given day! “Sit still” doesn’t mean very much when they’re at the active age.
tina Z says
wow, amazing ideas with the colours!
Ms. Tamp says
Nice project share. I like the limited color use.
Mary-Anne V. says
Love the shade of blue with this sweet image.
Wow! This is sooo beautiful! Adorable image! I love the blue and gorgeous background!
Sooo beautiful! Adorable image! Gorgeous background!
I love what you did w the background here! It really makes the main image stand out!