Saturday, August 10, 2013

A great music teacher inspires triple easel card

 On Thursday night, when Dina K. showed a sneak peek of her Mixed Media challenge on facebook, I got excited. Because I love how the SCS Mixed Media challenge encourages me to get a little messy. This week's challenge was to blow paint or ink on your page. I choose to do watercolor and blow through a straw. I first took 2 sheets of white cardstock and printed Shabby Cottage distressed digis onto them. Then I dropped watercolor paint onto the paper and used a straw to move the paint around. I like the marbled look that my cards got, but next time I do this technique  I am going to be more patient and wait until one color is dry before adding more.Because it got a little muddied because I was a little impatient. you can see the splatter of the paint the best on the oval behind the butterfly.  After the paint was dry I stamped the Penny Black Butterfly Symphony onto the paper in random places.I used markers to color the butterfly.  Then I cut the panels out. I was really liking how this card was coming together, until I put the last bit of glue on the oval and sat and looked at the card. I put the oval and butterfly on upside down. I meant to have the keyboard and music notes in the top right hand corner not the bottom left. To make it look like I meant to do put it on upside down, I took an ink pen and drew two little treble clefs.  This card is a teacher encouragement card. It is for my friend Krystal who  teaches middle school band. I know elementary teachers get thank yous, but the older the kids get, the less thanks the teachers get... somehow that just doesn't seem fair,  Especially since, in my opinion, Middle School are the hardest grades to teach and those teachers have an extra dose of grace and patience.
I decided to make it an easel card that she can display at home or in her bandroom. I found this awesome quote and printed using my computer. It says:

A mediocre music teacher TELLS
A good music teacher EXPLAINS
A superior music teacher DEMONSTRATES
A GREAT music teacher INSPIRES.

How awesome is that?

I am entering this card in A MIXED MEDIA COLOR CHALLENGE 5


  1. Wow this is amazing!! I love what you did. You always have such beautiful cards.


  2. Beautiful card MariLynn - love the background, I must give it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. So pretty! That butterfly looks fabulous! Thanks for playing with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  4. You BG is so Pretty and that butterfly is STUNNING! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  5. Gorgeous card and I am sure it will be appreciated.

  6. I really love this card, the butterfly stands out- its gorgeous xxx

  7. Love all the pretty panels on this wonderful card for the music teacher MariLynn! and what a super verse! I'm sure she will love this!!