This second set of sympathy cards for Senior Life Resources Northwest also uses an Altenew layering stamp set. This time, with the design of the stamp set, I decided to stamp the layers onto colored cardstock.
I cut down pieces of pink and green cardstock to the appropriate size for the image and stamped the layers with Altenew Inks. I used my heat gun to ensure the ink layers were completely dry before stamping the last outline layer in VersaMark Ink and heat setting it with gold embossing powder. The images were then cut out using the coordinating dies.
To add some visual interest to the card a panel of white cardstock was cutout using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die.
The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock. To determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment the flower and leaves were laid in place and the small sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. Once the embossing was cool the panel was run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. This panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.
The gold cutout sentiment and leaves were adhered to the embossed panel with liquid glue and the large flower was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.
The last type of card I created for Senior Life Resources Northwest were Sympathy card. Sometime they loose a client and they give cards to the family members.
This first set of card uses the lovely Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set. This is a layering stamp. I cut down Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock to fit the image and stamped each layer five times (ten times for the flowers, since I used two). It really goes together pretty quickly with a MISTI stamping tool. The smaller flowers do not have layers, so they were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers. Once the stamping and coloring was complete the images were cutout using the coordinating dies.
I die cut a scalloped rectangle of white cardstock and laid the flowers and leaves on top to determine where to stamp the sentiment. Once it was stamped the scalloped rectangle was run through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder. This add great visual interest behind the flowers. This scalloped rectangle was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.
The small flower bunch and the leaves were adhered to the embossing panel with liquid glue. The back flower was adhered using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the top flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, which has a higher loft.
I have a young friend from who has a birthday this coming week. Her favorite colors are purple and teal and Katie has beautiful brown hair, so those are the colors I used on this cute image from La-La Land Crafts.
This is a digital image. I printed the girl and garden bench onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a laser printer. I find that toner ink does not smear when using Copic Markers.
I colored the images with Copic Markers. I have a garden bench that is wood and iron, so that was the inspiration in coloring this garden bench. I then used the Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cutout the images. So much faster and smoother lines than fussy cutting. The girl was adhered to the bench with liquid glue.
I cut a panel of cardstock with a stitched rectangle ink blended the top two-thirds of the card with blue ink for a sky. Grass was die cut using Taylored Expressions Wispy Grass Die. It is a narrow strip of grass and I wanted another layer of taller grass so I did partial die cutting. The smaller grass color was deepened with Copic Markers and then adhered to the taller grass with liquid glue and then adhered over the sky blended background panel. I couple of clouds were cut from white cardstock with the Avery Elle Pierced Clouds die. A pale blue Copic Markers was used in the corners of the clouds. The largest cloud was adhered to the sky with liquid glue and the smaller cloud with sticky back foam. The panel was then adhered to a side folding cardbase.
The girl and bench were placed on the panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers. Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape was added to the back of the bench and 3M foam tape was added to the back of the girl. The release paper was removed and the images where adhered to the front of the card.
The last embellishment was to add crystal stickles to the clouds and heart. A gold metallic pen was added to the centers of the flowers on her shoes and the card was done.
I liked the way the hot foil looked on black cardstock so much that I decided to use it on a navy blue with silver foil. I loved the way it looked.
For this card I used the Avery Elle Horizontal Strips Die. It leaves a lovely circle where a sentiment can be foiled.
For the focal image I pulled out Altenew’s Anemone Coronaria stamp and coordinating dies. I first stamped them with a light gray ink and then colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete it was stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed silver. The images were die cut with the coordinating dies and then adhered to the lower left of the foiled circle with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.
From the previous card I made I had three red mirror squares leftover. I wanted to put them to use on a card, but I wanted a different layout, so I cut three more squares and adhered them to a panel of white cardstock in a grid of 3 x 2. I decided to cut down the panel so that there was a smaller white border of cardstock around the square using a stitched rectangle. If I had to do this again I would place a piece of printer paper over the panel. If your cutting plates are well used you might get a few indentations and imperfections in the mirror cardstock. They weren’t significant so I proceeded with the project, but it would have been better if I had protected the mirror cardstock.
I went through my birthday stamps to find some images that could be stamped in the squares. I decided to use VersaMark Ink and heat emboss them white. I decided to add a mat of red mirror cardstock behind the focal images panel. This helped it to pop on the white cardbase. I also decided to embossed the front of the cardbase for some additional visual interest.
Unfortunately I needed some sympathy cards. I decided to make two with similar soft colors to one on hand when needed. The lovely stamp set Delight Blooms from Gina K. Designs has two lovely flower bouquets. I stamped the first with a light ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers.
The panels were cut down using a stitched rectangle. For the first card the word sympathy was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the bottom right of the focal image. The secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed gold. Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.
The final embellishment was to scatter a few purple sequins on the card front.
For the second card, it was stamped on vellum with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. When coloring vellum with Copic Markers you color from the back. This softens the colors, so use darker colors than you normally would.
The hardest thing about using vellum is how to adhere it. You can see any adhesive you use through the vellum. I decided to cut a thin purple frame using an Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle and adhere it to the edges of the focal image with liquid glue. I decided to adhere the panel to a rectangle of white cardstock, which would allow me to add foam to the back for dimension.
I decided to use the same purple cardstock as the frame for the sentiments. The edges were outlined with a Copic Marker. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the bottom right of the card front.
I pulled out my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils to add some depth to the front of the vellum at the base of the petals and leaves.
The final embellishment was to scatter a few purple sequins.
It is amazing to me how different colors and layouts can make the same image look different. I had used this stamp set on another card. On this card I pulled out a favorite background die that has horizontal lines and a great circle opening that is a perfect placement for a sentiment.
I cut the die from white cardstock. To add dimension and visual interest foam tape was cut down to add behind each of the horizontal lines. If you remove the paper backing to the foam it can be easily shaped and adhered around the circle opening. The horizontal stripes were then adhered to a top folding cardbase.
This card uses pink flower clusters and mint green leaves. The flowers were placed onto the top right and bottom left of the circle. Foam tape was placed under the flowers to support them where needed so that they were level with the horizontal background.
For the sentiment a My Favorite Things “happy” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam and adhered together. The same pink ink used on the flowers was applied to a small piece of white cardstock, which give you a perfect color match for the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. This sentiment was die cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip. Foam tape was added to the back of this strip. Both the die cut sentiment and the sentiment strip were added to the center of the circle with liquid glue.
Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the center of the flowers. This ties in the gold die cut word and enhances the overall design.
This is the final card I made using the Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose. My crafting friend wanted to make a purple rose, but she didn’t like the way it turned out, so I gave it a try. I think the challenge on creating these roses is to have variations in color, but ensure the tones of the colors used go well together.
I pulled out a watercolor cardstock from Paper Studio that had a beautiful corner of purple shades in light and darker. These were my base and first layer of the flowers. I then went through my scraps of purple to find two more colors that coordinated. This time I only used two layers for the leaves.
For this card I decided to pull out Avery Elle’s Horizontal Stripes background die. It has a lovely circle opening where I could nest the flowers and leaves. I cut it from white cardstock and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase.
The flowers and leaves were adhered around the circle opening with liquid glue and the sentiment was stamped in purple ink on one of the stripes.
For a final embellishment Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and purple sequins were scattered around the flowers, with the centers being filled with Gold Stickles.
I make a lot of welcome cards for people who move into the boundaries of our church, so when I saw this new die from Hero Arts I thought it could make some good welcome cards.
I first die cut the image and tried to color them with Copic Markers, but I did not like the way it turned out. There isn’t a defined edge to the bottom of the house and it just didn’t look good. I saw Nicole Spohr do this, but she added a glitter snowbank on each of the layers near the bottom of the houses. I didn’t want a winter scene, so that didn’t work out for me.
The first time I cut the rows of house they were a little angled, so this time I made sure that the roof tops were straight so they didn’t look like they were going to fall over in a stiff breeze. I decided to die cut the different levels with different color cardstock. I used Copic Markers to only color the roof and around the doors and windows and liked this much better. I did color one house in the center of the first layer of homes to signify their new home, adding the tree , windows, and door.
I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home to the front layers of houses with a dark gray ink. I ink blended the front of a top folding cardbase by masking off the top of using Distress Oxide Inks. I cut some white fluffy clouds with the Avery Elle Pierced Clouds Die.
To assemble the card I added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape behind the first and second layer of homes. The tallest, back layer of homes was adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue and then the other layers were adhered with the foam tape. The clouds were adhered with liquid glue and the card was done.
I found a great stencil by Carta Bella called Hello Autumn which creates a beautiful, colorful fall background. This is the time of year that I think about all the wonderful people in my life and want to send them cards letting them know who grateful I am they are part of my life. I decided to use this background stencil to create those cards.
I ink blended the background onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using some pretty fall colored inks from Gina K. Designs. Once that was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and matted it with green cardstock.
I pulled out some leaf dies and cut several from white cardstock and link blended them to match the colors used in the background. I bundled them together, added a gold and cream baker’s twine bow and adhered them to the lower left corner of the card.
For a sentiment I stamped Gina K. Designs “Thankful” from her Stitched Leaves stamp set and cut it out using the coordinating shadow die and adhered it to the top of the card. A secondary greeting was stamp on to ivory cardstock and cut with a sentiment label and adhered with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The first attempt is shown below.
For the second attempt I decided to try and mute the background by adding a layer of vellum. I also pulled out a larger maple leaf for the base of the leaf cluster, but I felt the vellum muted the pretty background too much.
For the third attempt I pulled out a larger maple leaf die and used it for the base of the leaf cluster. The sentiment was stamped on orange cardstock with gold and people I showed it to thought the sentiment was hard to see.
With the fourth attempt I finally got a card that I liked all the elements and made eight more cards to send to family and friends.