"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."
It's easy to pass by the pearls in our path, mistaking them for stones impeding our way. I want to be aware of all the pearls placed in my day, seeing beyond the layer of grit to the beauty within. I'm convinced we share in part of God's nature when we create beauty and find pleasure in what might otherwise be mundane.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Muse Challenge #92
Hello and Happy Wednesday to you! I'm participating in another challenge today from Muse. Here's my interpretation:
I was inspired by several things in the inspiration image (see below): the blue & green dots, the flowers, and the vellum sentiment strip.
For my card, I chose a flower stamp from Hero Arts. I used Hero Arts black ink and stamped several times on textured white paper. The paper is actually the back side of the cover to a pad of el cheapo watercolor paper. I used some of my trusty Stampin' Up! markers to color in parts of the flowers. The blue dots were made with another Hero Arts stamp and Brilliance Sky Blue ink.
I trimmed this panel down and added a thin strip of green cardstock to the right hand side, then set it aside while I worked on the sentiment strip.
I cut a piece of vellum and used Versafine Black to stamp the sentiment from Altenew. I really like the larger sentiments that are available these days and would like to add more of them to my collection. After stamping, I heat set it and then stamped again in Versamark. I poured clear embossing powder over that and heat set again. I was interested to see that the Versamark lightened the black ink so that my sentiment was now stamped in gray. That's not what I had intended, but I went with it anyway.
I wrapped the vellum strip around my flower stamped panel and taped it down to the back. Then I adhered the panel to a dark pink card base.