One of the more difficult things about getting older is accepting that those you love will leave you. It seems that this also happens with more frequency, too. Last week, I lost two people who had an impact upon my life; one who played a very significant role in my teen years and another in a lesser, but still important, way. I want to dwell on the hurt and pain of the families and friends affected and how much I'll miss each person. However, I've realized that it's better to focus on all the positive ways this person (or persons) made an impact on those whose lives they touched, including mine. When I remember to do that, I can find so much more joy and thankfulness in the remembrances with the hope that I can be more supportive to the grieving family members. We'll see how it goes when I attend the memorial services in the next couple of days.
I was going through a stack of projects waiting to be posted to this blog and ran across this card from last September. I designed it as part of a three card set for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Timeless Textures stamp set. I'll be sending it to one of the families mentioned above. (To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the blog hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.)
This card begins with a piece of Whisper White cardstock randomly stamped with the flourish image from the Timeless Textures stamp set using Versamark ink (Tip: swipe the Embossing Buddy across the cardstock before stamping to ensure that the embossing powder sticks only to the ink). Cover the ink with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, tapping the excess back into the container, and melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.
Using a Sponge Brayer and Tip Top Taupe ink, apply ink to cover the Whisper White cardstock (Tips: There are two important things to remember when using a brayer. 1. Always roll the brayer completely around when inking the brayer. If you move the brayer back and forth in one small area of the ink pad, only one small area of the brayer will accept ink. 2. When applying ink from the brayer to the paper, begin off the paper and roll onto the paper and roll in angles that move and overlap to minimize lines from the edges of the brayer.). Once brayering is complete, use a paper towel to remove the ink from the clear embossed areas. Using a sponge and Tip Top Taupe ink, sponge the edges of the Whisper White cardstock.
Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to a slightly larger mat of Basic Black cardstock and then to the Night of Navy card front. Wrap a length of Gold Metallic Thread around slightly splayed fingers, carefully remove from the hand, and place on card front just slightly below center.
Using Tip Top Taupe ink, randomly stamp the flourish image on a strip of Whisper White cardstock. Using Night of Navy ink, stamp "With Sympathy", from the Better Together stamp set, across the center of the Whisper White cardstock strip. Sponge the edges of the cardstock with Tip Top Taupe ink and adhere to a slightly larger mat of Basic Black cardstock and then a slightly larger mat of Night of Navy cardstock with the right and left edges of the mats flush with the right and left edges of the Whisper White cardstock. Adhere the matted strip to the card front with the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock strip approximately 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the embossed Whisper White panel.
Adhere a heart shaped Gold Metallic Enamel Shape following the "y" in Sympathy on the Whisper White cardstock strip. Adhere three circle shaped Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to the embossed Whisper White cardstock (I placed two near the left top corner and one near the right bottom corner).
The inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The flourish image was stamped twice at the lower right and twice at the upper left corner using Tip Top Taupe ink. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Tip Top Taupe ink and the cardstock adhered to the card base. The "May your sorrow be eased by wonderful memories" sentiment, from the Better Together stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Night of Navy ink.
The flourish image was stamped three times at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Tip Top Taupe ink.
Have a good week!
Card Measurements --
Basic Black: 1-1/8" x 3-7/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Night of Navy: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 1-1/4" x 3-7/8"; Whisper White: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1" x 3-7/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Metallic Thread: 54"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Timeless Textures, Better Together; Inks: Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe, Versamark; Cardstock: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes, Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives: Fast Fuse; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge Brayers, Sponge, Embossing Buddy, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope