Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Muse #1

Hello all!  A quick post to make sure I get in on this fun new challenge/club, Muse.  I love the clean look of the inspiration card and I struggled to find my own take on it.  I knew I wanted to use a chalkboard looking panel but that's all I knew when I started.  My first attempt is sadly in the trash bin, and here is attempt no. 2...Anyone else cursing the gray cloudy days when trying to take a bright pic?  I sure am!

I love the scored box around her sentiment, and to mock the look of the box I made window for the chalkboard panel with the sentiment, and I used a 3D butterfly as a focal point in the lower left corner instead of the popped up flower.  I also used patterned paper as a vertical border on the edges of the card's background.  The yellow and spring colors inspired my color choices as well.

Here's the beautiful inspiration card by Amy Kolling:

To make a panel that looks like a chalkboard I stamped the image in white pigment ink, then restamped it  with Versamark and used white embossing powder, it made a smudged look, then I used a white colored pencil for the faux stitching around the border.

 Check out all of the amazing cards inspired by this one at Muse.  They are all inspiring, I can't wait for more great cards by all of the muses out there!  Thanks for looking!


  1. Beautiful card for this week's Muse Katie.

  2. It's been dark and gloomy where I live too. I agree, it sure does make it difficult to get a good photo.

    Your card is sunny and bright though! Great idea to use the chalkboard technique for your sentiment, love it!

  3. Super cute take! This is bright and cheeful...perfect for the gloomy days we've been having! I need to work on my chalkboard technique ;)

  4. Love your layered butterfly and the chalkboard panel. Great take on the inspirational card.

  5. I am digging your fun butterfly accent. Great job with the Muse challenge.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

  6. Katie, I really love that dimensional butterfly. A lot of fun to be added to this bright, cheerful card. That chalkboard technique is awesome!

  7. Katie, this just oozes springtime!!!! That gorgeous butterfly you used and all the dimension it gives is amazing!!!