Friday, December 26, 2008

Sympathy Cards

The most difficult cards to make and the most difficult cards to send - sympathy cards. I'm not too sure of myself when it comes to creating sympathy cards and just don't know what images or sentiments are appropriate. Last night, I ordered the sets God's Blessings and Always in My Thoughts, but they won't arrive until next week and unfortunately, I need two sympathy cards this week.

For this Sage Shadow card, I stamped the angel from Holy Triptych in Basic Grey ink on watercolor paper. Then I used a few markers and blended with my Aqua Painter. (I want to practice my coloring some more, and will probably do that with the Aqua Painter and re-inkers, which seems more comfortable for me than markers.) I cut all the layers out using the Curved Rectangle set from Spellbinders in my Big Shot machine. The base card is just centered on the die with the fold inside the top edge, so it doesn't get cut. I popped up the Perfect Plum layer on Stampin' Dimensionals. This card is a CASE of this wedding card I made, which is CASE'd from Lori Craig's card here.

Stamps: Holy Triptych, Holidays & Wishes Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Watercolor paper Ink: Basic Gray, Markers - Pale Plum, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel,Blush Blossom Accessories: AquaPainter, Gray Taffeta ribbon

For this Mellow Moss card, I used a couple of markers directly on the rubber of the Inspired by Nature stamp. Then I lightly misted it with a bottle of water and stamped it onto Very Vanilla card stock die cut with the Big Shot Top Note die. I cut the Very Vanilla piece with my Paper Snips, just inside the perforated line of the die and layered it onto another Top Note die cut in Perfect Plum card stock.

The 'cherish' sentiment is from Baroque Motif stamp set and is punched with the Designer Label Punch, then layered over a 1 3/8" Circle Punch, on Dimensionals. I sponged all the Vanilla card stock edges with Perfect Plum ink and added a strip of Le Jardin dsp down the the left side.

For the inside of my card, I added a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I misted my stamp again, without re-coloring it, and stamped it here. I plan to write over the top this faint, second generation image.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Baroque Motif Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, Le Jardin dsp (retired) Ink: Perfect Plum, markers - Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Designer Label Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Top Note Die

On a Personal Note - With all our traveling and our move to Minnesota, I haven't kept in touch with my friends in the past year. We changed addresses and phone numbers and as a result, only our closest family even knew how to get in touch with us. I was very sad to find out recently that one of my good friends in Montana died this fall. Her daughter called me when I sent out my Christmas letter and told me a little of the details. I feel like a jerk and I'm so sorry that I didn't have a chance to talk to her one last time. As much as newsletters and Christmas cards are joked about, it is certainly one way that we all can keep in touch with each other throughout our fast-paced and ever-changing lives. So, write a letter, send a note, mail a card, make a phone call and let the people that you care about, know that you are thinking of them and let them know what you are up to.


Danielle said...

I'm so sorry your friend died - but your sympathy cards are just beautiful and I'm sure will be much appreciated by the families.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are lovely! The soft colors are wonderful, and I think the images you chose are definitely appropriate.

I'm sorry for the sudden (to you) news of your friend's death.

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Speaking as a widow who received many, many cards it's definitely the thought that counts and the lovely personal card you came up with expresses your love and caring perfectly. So very sorry for your loss but I'm sure your thoughtfulness was very much appreciated.

Blessings - Jean

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