Sharing in Your Sorrow

I recently purchased both #1 and #2 Sizzix Wildflower Stem and decided to use them to create a sympathy card. I selected three flowers and a couple of leaves and cut them from 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. This is very thick cardstock and required using a metal shim to cut them out.

I used Distress Oxide Inks and blending brushes to add color to the die cuts. I used some Post-it Notes to cut a circle that would protect the center of the flowers while coloring the petals. I also used the negative to protect the petals while coloring the flower centers.

For a background to the flowers and leaves I used a brick and mortar embossing folder to add dimension. I cut down the panel to be 1/4″ smaller than a card front. I used a couple of Distress Oxide Inks to add shading to the bricks. I decided do something I haven’t done before and distressed the edges of the brick panel with Heidi Swapp’s Edge Distressor. I liked the look and decided to add a thin black border before adhering the panel to a top folding gray cardbase.

The flower and leaves were adhered to the brick panel using a combination of liquid glue and a little foam tape behind the flower head. To add a little more visual interest Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the flower centers.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and then one end was cut on an angle. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to one side of the sentiment where it did not overlap the stems of the flowers and leaves and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sizzix Wildflower Stems #1 and #2
  • Hero Arts Remembers
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feather, Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber
  • Stampin’ Up Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder
  • Heidi Swapp Edge Distressor
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black and Whisper Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Gold Blossoms in Bloom Sympathy

This is the second card I made with these dies. This time I wanted to do a inlay die cut of the flowers.

I found some soft pink cardstock in my stash to use for the card front. I cut it down using an A2 Stitched Rectangle and then used the same die to some sticky back foam to add to the back. I then cut the back layer of the flowers in the center of the pink rectangle. I used Copic Markers G02 and R21 to color the flowers and leaves. Liquid glue to the back of the negative space rectangle and adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase. The back layer of the flowers were then and inlaid into the negative space with liquid glue.

The top layer of the flowers was cut from brush gold mirror cardstock. I made sure to leave the flower centers in place. It was adhered it to the front of the background die cut using a spray adhesive. It made a beautiful card.

The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of ivory cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip and adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Copic Markers: G02, R21
  • Blush Cardstock From Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Brushed Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adheisve
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip

Blossoms in Bloom So Sorry Sympathy

I love the double dies that create this beautiful floral image. I saw a lovely card made by Kayla McCreadie where she used vellum for the back layer and white for the top outline. She placed her die cuts on a beautiful blue cardstock. I used the same design, but used purple cardstock for the card front.

I cut down the purple cardstock with Penny Black’s Swirly Stitched Rectangle die. It think it goes well with a floral image. It was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

The back layer of the flowers was cut from some patterned vellum and the top layer was cut from white cardstock and adhered using spray adhesive. The purple rectangle was ink blended with Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet, but it is really hard to see. The flower arrangement was laid on the purple background to determine where to stamp the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss white. A secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the purple cardstock and cut with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip and adhered just below main sentiment with a thin strip of foam tape.

Silver Stickles was added to the center of the flowers and once it was dry small pieces of foam tape was added to each flower center to add a little dimension when placed on the card front.

This was a pretty quick and easy easy card to create, but it is really striking with the dark purple background to the love flower die cut.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom
  • Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Distress Oxide Inks Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Purple Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Studio Pebbled Vellum
  • Ranger Silver Stickles
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Friendship Blooms Sympathy for Alane

We found out last week that our friend Alane died suddenly. She was ten years younger than me and our hearts go out to Don and his family. Alane was an artist. She created beautiful paintings. I still have some lovely cards with her painting on them. They were too beautiful to used them all up. I wanted something that would reflect her artistic talent and decided to use this beautiful large flower arrangement from Gina K. Designs and Hero Arts call Friendship Blooms.

It is such a large flower that I decided to make my first slimline card. I had recently ordered some slimline dies from Kat Scrappiness and selected the pretty scalloped edge and adhered it to the card front for visual interest.

On many of her paintings Alane had beautiful pink flowers and so that was the color I decided to use for this card. I stamped it with a light colored ink and used Copic Markers to color the image. I then stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut out using the coordinating die and foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

The image was laid on the card front to determine where to stamp lovely sentiment from Penny Black. It too was heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then the floral arrangements was adhered using liquid glue.

A beautiful clean and simple card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Friendship Blooms
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Copic Markers: R59, RV29, R35, RV21; G99, G94, YG05; V09
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Stitched Scalloped
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Majestic Peony Sympathy for Olivia

My dear friend Olivia died suddenly from a brain aneurism, she was only seven years older than I am. It really makes you take stock of your life and ask some hard questions about the choices you are making and if they are leading you closer to returning home to that God who made us all.

Olivia had a flashy, bright, happy countenance. She made everyone feel special and loved and enriched all of our lives. I decided to color these beautiful peonies with bright and happy colors.

This is a large image. I stamped it with a light ink first and colored it with Copic Markers then stamped again and heat embossed gold. The sentiment was stamped in the perfect opening in the lower left of the flowers.

The image is so beautiful I decided to keep the card front simple and cut it down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to the front of a side folding card with sticky back foam and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Majestic Peony
  • Hero Arts Remember
  • Memento London Fog
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R21 Y38, Y35, Y32; BG18, BG15; G94, YG67, YG03
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Delightful Blooms So Sorry

This sympathy card was made for my cousin whose wife died from complications of Covid-19. The first person I know who has died from this terrible disease.

This is a beautiful stamp from Gina K. Designs that actually has two gorgeous flower arrangements. I stamped one of the images on Neenah Classic Crest with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink which is a Copic friendly ink and will not bleed when using alcohol markers.

I stamped the sentiment in the upper left of the card with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. It give such a smooth dark impression.

Once the coloring was complete I fussy cut the bottom edge of the arrangement and added sticky back foam to the back for dimension. I looked through my gold foil cardstock and found some thin diagonal stripes and adhered a piece to the bottom of a side folding cardbase. The floral arrangement was adhered to the upper portion of the card front.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Delightful Blooms
  • Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV000; E51, E50, E0000; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG99, YG95, YG93, YG03; G94, YG61, YG24
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Craft Smith Gold Foil Paper Pad
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

So Sorry for Your Loss

In one week I learned of three friends and family you passed away. I was in need of some sympathy cards and pulled out some new stamps to make them. This first card uses the Trinity Stamps Love You Bunches.

I first stamped with a light ink using the MISTI and kept the stamp in place. I colored with Copic Markers and then stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with gold and cut it out using the coordinating die

It was pretty on the card front, but I wanted to add a little more visual interest so I pulled out my Honey Bee Stamps Back to Basics Cardstock and added a thin strip of a black and white cardstock to the bottom third of the card and then adhered a thin strip of gold mirror cardstock at the seam.

I stamped the sentiment in the lower right of the black and white strip with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it several times so that it would stand out a little more.

I used the coordinating die to cut some sticky back foam and used scissors to cut it down around the edges. I find this is quicker on a detailed image than adding foam tape and once you remove the backing it help with any warping you might have from heat embossing. The flower arrangement was adhered with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Trinity Stamps Love You Bunches
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Gina K. Designs Champagne Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Copic Markers: G07, G03, G00; G46, G43, G40; YG67, YG17, YG03; RV04, RV23, RV02, RV000; V15, V12, V01; YR24, YR21
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Honey Bee Stamps Back to Basics Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 7 Vellum Overlays Deepest Sympathy

For day 7 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Amber Davis talked about using vellum overlays to frame a sentiment. She stamped a large flower image in black onto white cardstock and then added a vellum overlay with a circle cut from the center where she adhered her sentiment.

I decided to use a more colorful background. I used the same orange and yellow inks as on my previous card and stamped the Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura into the lower left of the panel with black ink.

For the vellum overlay I cut a scalloped circle from the center top of a rectangle that was cut using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. This gave a detailed edge where the 1/8″ Be Creative Double-Sided tape could be applied and not stand out too much.

I decided to make this a sympathy card and pulled out the sympathy die cut from Avery Elle. I cut it from black cardstock and foam. This die cut sentiment was placed in the circle opening of the vellum to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment with black ink. The die cut word was then adhered with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle STAX
  • 1/8” Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs Honey Mustard and Wild Dandelion Ink
  • Altenew Autumn Blaze and Fired Brick Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Black Foam

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 3: Embossed Stencil Butterflies

The guest artist for the third day of Spring Card Camp was Carly Tee Minner. She sponged on some ink to bring out the pattern of the stenciled background.

I pulled out Simon Says Stamp Butterflies Stencil this card. I ran it through the Big Shot with a quarter sheet of 80# white cardstock with the sandwich to emboss a stencil. I then used Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass to ink blend the background a light blue. I decided to use a small blending brush to add Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink to the butterflies to help them stand out.

I liked the card but felt it needed a little something more. I decided to pull out some Memory Box Butterfly Dies to create a focal image on the card. I cut the background to the butterfly and ink blended it with both colors of blue. I then cut the detailed butterfly and adhered the two together with liquid glue. I adhered it to the front of the card a little higher than the center of the card, adding Glue Pop Up Dots underneath the wings to add dimension.

I stamped a sympathy sentiment onto black cardstock and heat embossed it white, using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label to cut it into a thin strip. A Darice Thin Foam Strip was added to the back to adhere it to the bottom right of the card.

I scattered some Studio Katia Tiny Iridescent Bubbles onto the card front. I felt the butterfly needed a little something more to make it pop on the card, so I added Ranger Crystal Stickles to the openings in the butterfly and loved the way it look.

The focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Butterflies Stencil
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Memory Box Viviene Butterfly
  • Memory Box Asti Butterfly
  • Distress Oxide Inks Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • ½” Glue Pop Up Dots
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape
  • Studio Katia Tiny Iridescent Bubbles

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 3: Embossed Stencil Deepest Sympathy

The third day of Spring Card Camp 2 was all about using stencils for dry embossing. The class video was by Cathy Zielski. I really like her clean and simple designs.

For this second card I decided to use Simon Says Stamp’s Circular Lace Stencil. Before embossing I used a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle to add some visual interest to the card. I ran it through the Big Shot and directed, but I added a shim of light weight cardboard to add extra pressure for the embossing.

I decided to use Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D Dies to create a focal image for the card. I ink blended 80# white cardstock with three shade Altenew pink inks and die cut the layers, adhering them together with liquid glue. I used a mint green ink for the leaves, but after they were cut I used the blending brush to add some darker green ink to the edges. These were adhered to the lower left corner of the embossed stencil background with liquid glue.

For the sentiment I decided to make this a sympathy card and pulled out Avery Elle’s With Sympathy. It has some nice sentiments, along with a pretty die. I die cut the word “sympathy” from gold mirror cardstock and used a scrap of dark pink ink blended cardstock to stamp the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat it emboss it gold. I had added some Be Creative Double-Sided Tape to the back of the mirror cardstock, which makes it very easy to adhere to the card front. I used Darice Thin Foam Strips to add the secondary greetings.

The last embellishment was to add a few gold sequins around the flower and leaves.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Circular Lace Stencil
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D Dies
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Altenew Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicioius, Rubellite, Volcano Lake, Lagoon
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins