Before and After Music Expressions

Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens are a dynamic duo when it comes to creating a subtle watercolored look with no muss or fuss. Their impact is even more dramatic when you view the before and after results.
This card, which uses one of my favorite sets…“Music Expressions”, was designed using this week’s Our Creative Corner sketch. This is such a versatile layout, I am sure that I will add it to my arsenal of favorites!
  • Create a standard card base using Chocolate Chip and score at the top.
  • Cut two strips of “Brown Baroque” Bella Birds Designer Series Paper and layer onto So Saffron. Adhere to the card base. (Bella Birds Designer Series Paper is on the Last Chance list. It is fabulous paper. If you wish to order this paper, please click here: Order Your Stampin’ Up! Supplies Now! )
  • Ink the “Violin” image from the Music Expressions stamp set with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto So Saffron, followed by Chocolate Chip. Adhere to the card base at an angle as shown. (Tip: If you wish, you can leave the image uncolored, or “express” yourself with Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens prior to matting. The choice is yours!)
  • Attach 1/4″ Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbons as illustrated.
  • Ink the sentiment from Music Expressions with Basic Brown and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat with So Saffron, followed by Chocolate Chip. Pop it onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For a little bling, attach Circle Fire Brads in the corners of the image and sentiment blocks.
Stampin’ Tip of the Day: Victor Hugo, better known as the author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was an inspiration for some of the greatest musical composers of the 19th and 20th century. Both Liszt and Berlioz were friends of Hugo. Victor Hugo’s quote, “Music expresses that which cannot be said” underscores this author’s influence on the musical world. Just like these composers gained their inspiration from an unlikely source, so can we as cardmakers. The next time you are reading a magazine, searching through newspaper ads, or even grocery shopping, be on the lookout for color combinations and layouts that you like. With just a few creative twists, you can make these designs your own. And never underestimate the design power of Mother Nature herself!

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Stamp Set: Music Expressions (113718)
Inks, etc: Basic Brown (104315), Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Birds (113981)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), So Saffron (105118), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Embellishments: Circle Fire Brads (109110), ¼” very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), ¼” Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (111367), Filigree Brad (Non-Stampin’ Up!)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you! Until next time…


  1. what a lovely card! wonderful composition!
    Pam Going Postal

  2. beautiful and very lovely card. love the way you colored it.

  3. WOW! This card is beautiful.

  4. Love your pastels work! I love them!

    You are so creative…that was an exceptional before and after!

  5. Gorgeous Ann – love BOTH the before and after!

  6. Ann, these are BOTH gorgeous! What a fine job you did. I love them both! Great idea putting before and after. I don’t know which I like better!

  7. What an incredible before and after example! The card is gorgeous. Can you believe I have never opened my pastels? Which would you prefer I put in our Pals gallery?

    Hugs, Mary

  8. Ann, simply beautiful!!! I remember my first challenge post, whew, not very long ago. Whew! I’ve only done 3 and so glad I did. Its so much fun. Hugs, Carla (Pal)

  9. oops – ‘unkure’ was the verification word – no special meaning! 😉

  10. This is beautiful, Ann! And I LOVE the before and after contrast – a brilliant idea! Seriously – this is STUNNING!unkure

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