I have a new card to share with you. For a while, I've been following the blog Muse. I follow it to challenge myself and try and get my thinking to be more creative. Recently, they started the blog Muse: ChristmasVisions which I also follow.
So, what are these blogs?
Well, as you learn from the blogs, one of the definitions of a muse is an inspiration. These are inspirational blogs. One of the design team members creates a card and everyone else that takes the challenge makes a card based on that challenge. I've been following both blogs to see what people create because I don't usually see what to create right off the bat. You can create cards based on the colors, the theme of the card, or the actual images. When I saw this week's card on the Muse Christmas Vision's blog, I had a vision of what to create.
This card has mittens, embossing, twine, a sentiment, a curved edge and uses the colors red, lime green, and blue. I didn't let myself look at the card once I was creating mine because I didn't want to copy it exactly, which I was afraid I would end up doing!
If you look at our two cards, the same elements are there. (We used the exact same colors of red and lime green from the same companies. There's just a difference in the lighting of both of our cards.)
Both cards have mittens. The Muse mittens are embossed, mine are just stamped. The Muse used flat card stock for the blue panel where I embossed mine. I flip-flopped these elements. The Muse has twine at the top and bottom of the blue panel. I used twine to connect my mittens. The Muse has the sentiment on the blue panel where mine is on the red base. The Muse stamped in red where I stamped mine in black so it would show up on the red card stock. We both used the same color palette, with the exception of the black ink on the sentiment. Can you see the influence but that it isn't an exact copy?
Some of the cards are way more creative than mine which is a pretty obvious influence! Others just used the colors and the Christmas sentiment. Like I said, though, I'm watching what others create and learning to see the influence through other people's eyes. So hopefully, I can get more out of the box than this card. I highly encourage you to check out either or both of the Muse blogs. They are very interesting!
Another way you can learn something new is to follow the My Favorite Things blog who is doing a summer school this summer. The second session began on Monday, but you can certainly jump in. This session focuses on color. The lesson my card relates to is the principle of gallon, quart, and pint for choosing colors. This means you use a lot of one color (the gallon), a smaller amount of a second color (the quart) and just a little accent of a third color (the pint.) My card uses a gallon of red, a quart of blue, and a pint of green as an accent color. Some people do the things they teach naturally and others learn something new. I've had a combination of both with their lessons, even though this is the first one I've gotten to enter. The best part of summer school is when you enter a card based on the lesson, you might win $20 or $50 in free MFT products. They made the mitten dies, the stitching stamp I used, and the sentiment on my card as well as the lime green ink! I use their product a lot in my cards.
Well, if you've read all of this, good job! Leave me a comment and tell me your three favorite colors to use on a card!
I used the following products to make this card:
LJD Nordic Knits and Cozy Greetings Stamp Sets by My Favorite Things
Real Red and Coastal Cabana Classic Inks by Stampin' Up
Limelight Hybrid Ink Pad by My Favorite Things
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink by Tsukineko
Real Red and Bahama Breeze Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Cozy Mittens and Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder sold by Stampin' Up made by Sizzix
MISTI by My Sweet Petunia