Hope Transcends All Sorrow

To me the grief of losing a loved one would be overwhelming without hope.  We have hope that they are no longer suffering, we hope that this life is not the end and we will see them again, we hope that the pain of loss will ease, we have hope in the resurrection promised by the Savior.  Hope it what transcends our sorrow and shines through the dark days of our loss.

To create the card I die cut some patterned paper from from DCWV Bella Armoire Paper Stack with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. I used Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Dies to cut the word “HOPE” from the patterned paper. It was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The secondary greeting was created in Microsoft Word, printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock and die cut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Die.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered just below the die cut word.  Because it was too white I took a Copic Marker E42 and went over the letter so that it blended better with the patterned paper.

Finetec M600 Gold watercolor was used to color the letters. The letters were cut again from black sticky back foam and the two were adhered together with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then adhered back into the negative space on the card front.

A easy yet elegant card in a short period of time.

Products Used:

  • DCWV Bella Armoire Stack
  • Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet
  • FineTec M600 Gold
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Black Fun Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Die
  • Copic Marker E42

Deepest Sympathy

Yesterday I found out that a dear friend of ours passed away early in the morning of July 4. As soon as I heard I wanted to get a card made for Jan and her family, letting them know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are here for them if they need us. This card was very easy to create, but then the  Ranger 3-D Botanical Texture Plate makes a gorgeous card.

I embossed a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White with the embossing folder and gently ink blended the raised surfaces with Distress Oxide Antique Linen.

For the sentiment I die cut the word “Sympathy” using the matching dies for Avery Elle’s With Sympathy stamp set out of Couture Creations Gold Matte Cardstock. I cut a strip of Paper Accents Ivory Vellum to fit the die cut and then stamped the secondary sentiment with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. I wrapped the vellum around the embossed rectangle and adhered it to the back using Scotch Tape.

The card front was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase K made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Sizzix 3-D Texture Botanical
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Distress Oxide Antique Linen
  • Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Couture Creations Gold Matte Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Ivory Vellum
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Scotch Tape

Goodbye Roxie Sympathy Card

This morning I found out that my good friend had to put down her beloved Australian Shepherd dog named Roxie yesterday.  I know how much these sweet animals become a part of your family and their passing is a difficult time of adjustment.  I wanted Margie to know that we loved her and we are here for her during this time of sorrow.  I went out to her Facebook page to find a picture of Roxie and used that to color this image I found online.  I think it turned out pretty good.  You can’t really see the copper coloring on the picture below, but it gives you and idea of how Roxie looked in life.

 

When I heard that Roxie had passed I went on line and searched for Australian Shepherd Line Art and found this image from GetDrawings.com.  I printed it with my Silhouette Cameo with registration marks onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock so that I could cut around the finished image.  I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below).

I traced around the image onto the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and then fussy cut around it inside of the lines and added it to the back of the focal image for dimension.  A rectangle of Neena cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs base weight Onyx Black Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

For the sentiment I cut the “sympathy” word die from Avery Elle’s With Sympathy four times from black cardstock.  I used Elmer’s CraftBond Spray Adhesive to glue them all together and then adhered it to the bottom of the white rectangle with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The secondary sentiment is from the same stamp set and was stamped using Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The image of Roxie was then adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive just above the sentiment die and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Australian Shepherd Line Drawing from GetDrawings.com
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Makers: W9, W7, W6, W5, W4, W3, W2, W1; C9, C7, C5; R22, R20; E55, E53, E51
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long
  • Silhouette Cameo

 

Anemone Heartfelt Sympathy

When I initially saw Gina K. Designs Anemone stamp set I was not impressed and so I did not purchase it.  Then I saw a card that someone created using it and I was blown away with how beautiful the flowers were with their dark centers.

Unfortunately I’ve had a reason to use several sympathy cards recently and needed to create a few more to have on hand.  I love the way this card turned out.  Clean and simple in style, and oh so elegant.

I stamped the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, since I planned to color them with Copic Markers.  The sprig was stamped with Altenew Forest Glad so the stems would be green.  The Copic Markers colors used were: YR15, YR14, YR00; G99, G94, G24; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG97, YG95, YG93.  I used Navy Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries on the green sprigs.  For the stamen in the center of the flowers I used a white Uniball Gel Pen.

I die cut a rectangle of the same white cardstock using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller and adhered to the back of the rectangle.

After the berries were dry I arranged the flowers, leaves, and sprigs the way I liked them and used Press ‘n Seal to keep them together.  This allows you to move them around on the card to see where to place the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle With Sympathy stamp set using Hero Hues India Ink Black.  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive was used to glue down the leaves and sprigs, holding it in place for a few moments to allow it to set.  I carefully removed the flowers and added 3M 1/2″ foam tape to the back, removed the backing, and carefully turned of the  Press ‘n Seal to adhere them where I desired.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Anemone Wishes
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Altenew Forest Glade Ink
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Navy Blue
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • ScorBuddy
  • Teflon Bone Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Copic Markers: YR15, YR14, YR00; G99, G94, G24; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG97, YG95, YG93

 

Memories Are Stitched With Love Quilt Block

Recently I purchased the Jillian Vance Design Sew Special Stamp Set and love the sentiments.  They go perfectly with any quilt die set you may have.  For this card I used the Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8.

I had this beautiful floral patterned paper with a back background that I loved and decided to use it as the color inspiration for creating this quilt block.  The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a quilt block card is to use small patterns in the paper selected.

I like to back any papers I am using for a design with Be Creative Tape before die cutting.  They way it is very simple to adhered the different papers into the design.

I think the sentiment used for this card would also make a wonderful sympathy card, since it our memories that we treasure the most after a loved one is gone.  It would also make a great Thinking of You card.  Love the way this turned out.   I will be using this die cut and stamp set a lot.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina Marie Designs Quilt Block #8
  • Jillian Vance Sew Special Stamp Set
  • Echo Park Wedding Bliss
  • Paper Accents Glossy Gold
  • Pebbles Front Porch
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Forest Green Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

 

Tarnished Gold Sympathy Card

On Thursday a friend of our from church lost her husband unexpectedly.  As I went to create a card I thought that this beautiful tarnished gold technique would make the perfect sympathy card.  Dark days of loss and sorrow, but shining through great love and happy memories.

I ran a piece of Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock through the Big Shot with the Darice Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder, debossing the image so that it would be mostly black after running StazOn Jet Black Ink over the surface, leave the beautiful flowers shining gold behind.  Once it was dry I ran it through the Big Shot again with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die and then added more gold cardstock behind it for a very thin border, adhered using Be Creative Tape to secure it to the slick surface of the mirror cardstock.  I added black sticky back foam to the back of the panel for dimension and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock.

This sentiment was also die cut from gold mirror cardstock using Avery Elle’s With Sympathy die and adhered to a strip of the same black cardstock with another thin border of gold on the top and bottom.  The two additional word from the stamp set were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  More black foam was added behind the sentiment strip and then it was adhered to the front of the card with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  A white panel of cardstock was added to the inside of the card and a sentiment from My sentiments Exactly Strength and Hope as stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Darice Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • My Sentiments Exactly Strength and Hope
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Black Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Magnolia Sunshine Sympathy Card

When I am creating a sympathy card I try to keep to a light color pallet.  I printed the Power Poppy Magnolia Sunshine Digital Stamp on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and cut the image using the PIXScan Matt and the Silhouette Cameo.  The image was colored with Copic Markers: RV06, RV04, RV02; R85, R83, R81, R89, R39; RV14, RV13, RV11; YG67, YG03; C3, C1; Y08; BG0000.

The focal image was traced on Darice Sticky Back Foam and then cut out and adhered to the back of the image.  A rectangle frame was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame.  A rectangle was cut from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and dry embossed using the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder.  3M ½” Foam Tape was added to the back of the frame and then dry embossed rectangle was adhered to the back.  The backing paper was removed from the 3M ½” Foam Tape and adhered to the center of the frame

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a thin strip of vellum paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and wrapped around the frame and adhered to the back with Scotch Tape.  The focal image rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Magnolia Sunshine Digital Stamp
  • HP Laser Printer
  • Copic Markers: V25, V22, V20; R83, R81; Y08, Y17; C1; YG03, YG01; YG95, YG97; B0000
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • The Paper Company Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frame
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Tombo Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Scotch Tape

Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile White With Sympathy Card

I decided to color it white, but if you look closely at white flowers you will notice that they are not completely white.  There is shading to the petals that are sometimes, green, yellow, gray, and other neutral colors.  I decided to use light yellow Copic Markers to shade the image.  Colors used are listed below.

Once coloring was complete I fussy cut the rose with scissors.  To help the image standout on the page a circle of green cardstock was die cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX Die.  A darker green scalloped circle was cut using Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Large Die.  Both circles were adhered together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The rose image was adhered to the circle die cuts using 3M ½” Foam Tape.

To determine where to stamp the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings the focal image was placed on a top folding A2 cardbase and then stamped with Altenew Forest Glade Ink.

Doodle Bug Designs Limeade and Pretty Pink Posh Mossy Grass Sequins were added to the card as a final embellishment.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Rose and Chamomile Digital Stamp
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Copic Markers: Y00, Y02; G43, G28, G99;
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX Die
  • Spellbinder Scalloped Circle Large Die
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Altenew Forest Glade Ink
  • Doodlebug Designs Limeade Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Mossy Grass Sequins
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Jane’s Doodles Lily Sympathy Card

When I am creating a sympathy card I like a clean and simple card design. I think it more appropriate to send this type of card to someone suffering the loss of a loved one. This image is from Jane’s Doodles Lily stamp set.

I began by arranging the single and double lily images onto the lower left corner of a quarter sheet panel of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, along with the sentiment, to determine placement.  I then stamped the large single lily image with Memento London Fog ink, and then stamped it a second time onto a full sticky backed Post-it to create a mask, which was fussy cut with my fine detail scissors.  Once the mask was in place I stamped the two lilies so that they would be behind the larger flower.  Using the MISTI I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Penny Black Eloquence stamp set.  The MISTI allows you stamp multiple times for a crisp image.

I searched the internet for images of lilies and then selected Copic Markers to give me the pink center to the flower images.  Colors used are listed below.  Once the image was colored, I wanted it smaller than an A2 cardbase and so I ran it through the Big Shot with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  I raided my stash of cardstock scraps and found a smoky gray and cut it 1/8″ larger than the die cut image and adhered the two together with Zookwang Scor-Tape.  Darice Sticky Backed Fun Foam was cut using the same rectangle die and adhered to the back with Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The protective paper was removed from the fun foam and the panel was adhered to the front of the cardbase.  As a final touch I raided my stash of clear rhinestones and scattered a few on the front of the card, adhering them using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Jane’s Doodles Lily Stamp
  • Penny Black Eloquence
  • Copic Markers: Copic Markers: YG23, YG61, YG63, YG67; C0, C1; RV10, RV11, RV13; Y13, Y15, Y17
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • Darice Sticky Fun Foam
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Clear Rhinestones from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Fun Foam
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape

Altenew Lacy Scrolls Sympathy

I bought some Derwent Inktense Pencils several years ago and have never used them.  This month my challenge has been to use stamps and product that I have not yet used.  I watched a video recently from Jennifer McQuire where she used colored pencils to add depth and dimension to a stamped image and thought I would give it a try.  I also used the Altenew Lacy Scrolls for the first time and think they turned out beautiful.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock using the Altenew Rouge and Forest Glade Inks and then cut them out using the matching dies.

Next I selected Derwent Inktense 36: 0200 Sun Yellow, 1530 Felt Green, 0300 Tangerine, 2300 Antique White to add the highlights and shadows to the images.  In her video Jennifer used an eraser to smooth out the edges of the pencil coloring.  I used the Tombo Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser.  It has a very small tip and yet is a very good eraser.  At first I wasn’t sure I liked the effect.  It is not as smooth as the transition and blending you get with Copic Markers, but over time it really grew on me and I liked it more and more.

Once I was done coloring I die cut some Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and arranged the flowers and leaves the way I wanted them to determine placement of the sentiment.  Since I wanted this to be a sympathy card I wanted a softer feel and so the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings was stamped with Altenew Silver Stone Ink.  All the flowers and leaves were then adhered to the rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, except the lowest flower, it was adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension.

An A2 Top Folding Cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the focal image was adhered to the front using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  A scattering of Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Rhinestones were added with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was complete.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Lacy Scrolls
  • Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings
  • Gina K. Designs Assorted Greetings (inside)
  • Altenew Rouge, Silver Stone, Forest Glade Ink
  • Derwent Inktense 36: 0200 Sun Yellow, 1530 Felt Green, 0300 Tangerine, 2300 Antique White
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Rhinestones
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Tombo Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser