One of the Harder Ones

….in more ways than one.  Sympathy cards are very hard for me to make – it may just be the reason for needing one, but I do tend to struggle when making this type of card.   It will be a little harder yet with the retirement of the “Thoughts and Prayers” stamp set used to make this card.

Sympathy, Thoughts & Prayers, Starry Night, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Waterfront

I went with (or tried to anyway) a “starry night” sky using the Waterfront stamp set (think sand from that set).  This was stamped in Versamark and embossed with White Embossing powder.  I then sponged Crumb Cake and Old Olive ink on the bottom of the cardstock to represent the ground.  Three colors of ink were sponged for the sky – retiring colors Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo with the final layer being Night of Navy.  I am pretty happy with how the colors blended – tho I think I could have used a few more “stars” in the top corners.

After creating the background, I stamped the tree in Basic Black Archival ink.   The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes – another set that is retiring and that I’ll miss.  This is punched out with the Classic Label punch.  A bit of Crumb Cake ink was sponged on this piece to   soften the look of the Whisper White.

What type of card do you struggle with making?

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Watercolor Sympathy

Hi.  How are you today?  I hope doing well.  Did you get some crafty time in over the weekend?  I did!  I had a class on Friday night featuring the Sharing Sweet Thoughts RMHC set and then on Saturday I did a workshop for a lovely hostess.  One of the cards I shared with them, was this card on Watercoloring.

Artistically Asian, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Watercoloring, SU!, Stampin' Up!The background is created using an Aquapainter and watercolor paper.  The colors from bottom to top are Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Pool Party.  The image is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.   I was very happy with how it turned out and the guests just loved it.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink as well.

The base layer is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Crumb Cake layer is 4 x 5 1/4″.  The water color paper is 2 1/2 x 4 1/4″ making the black layer 2 3/4 x 4 1/4″.  I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the image to finish it off.  This is a very quick card and just needs a little drying time – which you can speed up with a heat gun if needed.  I highly recommend letting the watercolor dry completely before stamping the image.

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