This last set of sympathy cards created for Senior Life Resources Northwest uses Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks.
I first stamp the image onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then colored it with Copic Markers. When the coloring was complete it was stamped again using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. The image then cutout using the coordinating die.
To add visual interest behind the flowers a panel of white cardstock was cut using a stitched rectangle die and then dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. This panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.
I tried using 3M 1/2″ Foam tape and cutting it down to fit behind the stems and flowers, but it was time consuming. I finally used the coordinating die to cut out sticky back foam and adhered the flower arrangement onto. The flower bouquet was then adhered to the embossed panel with liquid glue.
For the sentiment I pulled out some yellow cardstock I had in scraps and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut down using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label. Small pieces of sticky back foam was added to either side of the strip, leaving the center open where the stems were on the bouquet. It was adhered using liquid glue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom
Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments
Avery Elle With Sympathy
Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
Distress Oxide Inks Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet
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.
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.
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.