Friday, March 22, 2013

Seize the Birthday Muse

I'd been pondering on the Muse challenge all week.  Then I saw the Color Challenge at SCS  that called for blues and thought about the Watercolor background with re-inkers technique. So I got out the blue re-inkers and water.  

Then yesterday,  I saw the Seize the Birthday sketch and this card just came together.  

Sometimes it pays to be slow.  Maybe....


Our Muse  this week is Marion Vagg and this is the beautiful card she inspired us with.


I focused on the horizontal lines, the blues and the white embossed flowers for my card.

The Color Challenge at SCS this week is 

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Marina Mist
Midnight Muse
Baja Breeze
any neutral
DESSERT: add at least 1 gem or sequin

Seize the Birthday is for the girls this week.  Here's Lesley's fantastic sketch.


To do the background, I wet some shimmery white cardstock with my Aqua Painter an dropped some Baja Breeze and Marina Mist re-inkers on the wet paper letting it swirl and mix.  (I helped it swirl with the Aqua Painter.)  I let it cover the whole (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") piece of paper.  After it was dry, I cut off the piece I wanted.  (Some of it wasn't very pretty where I tried to add the Midnight Muse.  I learned that it's best to stay with the lighter colors.)

I used my Color Spritzer and the Midnight Muse marker to get some touches of the Midnight Muse on the background piece.

The flower was stamped in Whisper White and embossed with White Embossing Powder.

The sentiment is stamped in Midnight Muse.

Some score lines mimic Marion's stripes and added a little more interest.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps: Secret Garden, My Friend
Ink:  Whisper White, SU Marker (Midnight Muse), Re-inker (Baja Breeze, Marina Mist
Paper:  Shimmery White, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Other: Aqua Painter, Color Spritzer Tool, Simply Scored, Basic Pearl

There's still time to check out these challenges and join in.

I'm so glad you could stop by today.

Enjoy!



29 comments:

Tracey McNeely said...

Love this card Bonnie what a great sketch to work with too!

Sue - said...

Really pretty. Definitely worth being late!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

This is beautiful Bonnie - I love the watercolour and the way you've captured the stripes of the Muse with your scoring!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I got my pinner out for this amazing creation, Bonnie! It's a jaw-dropper!!

jimlynn said...

Love the looks of that technique and the color is gorgeous! I'll have to try this sometime. So pretty and glad you're playing at Seize the Birthday too!
Lynn

landerson213 said...

The scoring adds such an elegant touch, and that lone pearl in the middle of the white embossed flower in gorgeous. Beautiful card. :)

Lauren
http://landersoncraftydesigns.wordpress.com/

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Bonnie, I love the marbled effect of your background, thanks for sharing your technique. The colours are gorgeous too Cathy x

Lizy Bartaby said...

This is really lovely Bonnie! You've made that technique work really well! It's something I have never tried...another on to the list lol!
Lizy xx

Benzi said...

That is a super technique and you've made a beautiful card, Bonnie. Love the blues.

Sharyn Polesel said...

I love the blues in the background and your gorgeous flower. Great card!

Faith A said...

Sooooooooooooooo pretty Bonnie

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Bonnie. That watercolored background is gorgeous!! Love the soft and subtle blues. Loll xx

Cynthia said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the background!!

Barb M said...

gorgeous! i love the watery backgroun and the embossed lines...beautiful card!

Deanna Jean said...

Way to get three challenges out of one card! I love it when that happens. Love the watercolor technique and the pop of the white on the flower. Very pretty card. Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

Greta said...

Truly beautiful card! Wonderful use of the Muse inspiration!

Neets B said...

Such a beautiful effect Bonnie, lovely card :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

It turned out beautifully Bonnie!

Michelle said...

Such a pretty card..... and the watercolor background is amazingly beautiful!

Kristie Goulet said...

Just beautiful Bonnie!

Meg said...

This is just beautiful - I love the background. It gives the card an ethereal quality.

Susan said...

Gorgeous use of the Color Challenge blue tones! And thank you so much for explaining how you did it - I'm going to be trying that!

Lesley said...

Hey Bonnie! Cool looking card you have created, love the fun background and the white flower!! So fresh and pretty! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday.
Hugs,
Lesley

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Ha ha... I must admit, the 'Muse' card goes round and round in my head for a while too.
This is gorgeous. I love how you created that inky background.
Caroline xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card, love the background & the colours. Happy Weekend, Shirleyx

Jill Norwood said...

Love your card! So beautiful!

Deni(se) said...

This is so beautiful close up! Love the swirly blue background and of course, the white embossing adds a punch almost anywhere ;-).

mypapercraftworld said...

Oh my, this was definitely worth waiting for, Bonnie, the background effect is just stunning ... love the scoring that frames the gorgeous white bloom! Anita :)

KayM said...

Oh all of your cards are so lovely Bonnie! Love that beautiful background and the embossed lines are wonderful! Thanks so much for joining us at Seize The Birthday! :)