May 23, 2015

Muse Challenge #118





The Muse Challenge this week is this lovely card by the so talented Marion Vagg:


I love how peaceful it is.  So how did I go from 3 dogs to 2 flowers?

Well, I was inspired by the inlaid die cuts on a centered panel with a neutral background.  I realize it is a stretch, but challenges are always a stretch for me.  I see someone else's card, or a mood board, and freeze.  But I'm trying to participate in more of them, as I'm convinced it is a good way to develop.


Supplies Needed:

  • Dies -- I used Penny Black Glamerous (sic) and Sizzix tag die
  • Die cut machine
  • Watercolor paper
  • Tombow Markers or other way to color the die cuts
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Paint brush
  • Wood grain paper
  • White card stock, cut into a top fold A2 card and a separate piece to adhere to the watercolor paper
  • Washi tape or patterned paper for a bottom edge
  • Twine
  • Adhesive and dimensionals
  • Stamp for sentiment.  I used Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts
  • Black ink (Ranger Archival Black)
  • Twine
Steps:
  • Die cut watercolor paper (this will flatten the paper)
  • Color the flowers and let dry.  I used Tombow markers.
  • Color stems and leaves.   Let dry.  Cookie time!  
  • Trim watercolor paper and die cut.  Save the pieces that go between the stems.
  • Adhere watercolor paper to a piece of white cardstock and trim if needed.
  • Adhere flowers to open spaces in watercolor paper.
  • Add washi tape or patterned paper to bottom of panel.
  • Watercolor paper for tag.  Let dry.
  • Stamp sentiment and die cut tag.
  • Adhere tag by wrapping twine around panel.  
  • Trim wood grain cardstock to A2 size and adhere to white A2 card.
  • Adhere panel with dimensionals to card.
  • You are not done.  Before you leave, clean up the mess you just made. 

MOOD WHEN DONE = Serene


14 comments:

  1. Wowza ... obviously retirement has been good for your creativity ... this really rocks ... and yes, before you leave, you must clean-up the mess.

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  2. Gorgeous - that intense colour at the centre/bottom of the blooms is amazing! So glad you joined us at Muse this week, Joan!

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  3. This is so beautiful. I love how you interpreted the Muse card.

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  4. This is a truly beautiful and serene card and its not a stretch any more than my Christmas puddings were :) x

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  5. This is a truly beautiful and serene card and its not a stretch any more than my Christmas puddings were :) x

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  6. Cleaning up first... ugh. I love your take on the challenge! Great card!

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  7. Well there you have it, Joan - totally serene and beautiful! Thanks for joining our challenge this week - hope to see you there more often!
    =] Michele

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  8. Love everything about this card for the Muse challenge.

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  9. This is so beautiful and just love the flowers you used. The colouring is stunning too and goes perfectly with the natural background paper you used. Gorgeous!

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  10. I love your card!! The off-hanging petals are just perfect! And the colors are more so! And I don't even need to mention the layout and the combination of all the elements! Well, you get it, don't you!? :D

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  11. When I first saw your card I was attracted to it because the color and shape of the blooms is very appealing to me. But, (honestly) I also wondered how it fit into the challenge. Now that I have read your thoughts, I get it and applaud your effort to think out of the box. I get stumped at challenges too and can usually do little more than echo the original. Today I'm inspired by YOU.

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  12. Lovely! The coloring of the flowers is stunning!

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  13. STUNNING and FRAMEABLE work of art!

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  14. Beautiful! I love the inlay with those fabulous color and awesome wood grain card stock!

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