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
  • 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. 



SmilynStef said...

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

Ardyth said...

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

Joyce said...

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

Jenni's Jems said...

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

Jenni's Jems said...

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

Lisa Silver said...

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

I Card Everyone said...

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

Unknown said...

Love everything about this card for the Muse challenge.

Shona Chambers said...

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!

Ashwini Rao said...

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

Deni(se) said...

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.

Irene said...

Lovely! The coloring of the flowers is stunning!

wienerhoneymooners said...

STUNNING and FRAMEABLE work of art!

Leslie Miller said...

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