Hope you had a great weekend! Holy cow it was hot! Even the 88 degree (F) water in the swimming pool felt cool... But that's Summer in Florida and I'll take it over bone chilling cold any day of the week!
It seems hard to believe that in the midst of all the sunshine and heat I would make a card that was so dark and solemn, but that's the theme of today's project. I began the design with a "missing you" theme, but somehow the design became heavy and sad so I changed it to a Sympathy card. I think this happened somewhat sub-consciously because I was following the roller-coaster struggle of a former co-worker whose mother was taken to Heaven unexpectedly.
The lonely chair in the focal point comes from the Have A Seat stamp set; new in this years catalog. I knew that I would be purchasing this stamp set as soon as I saw it because of the chair styles in this stamp set; specifically the Windsor chairs. My father makes Windsor chairs. You'll find them at my parent's dining room table and at my father's computer desk. You'll also see a Windsor Settee (very similar to the one in the stamp set) in their living room. It's my favorite of all the chairs that he's made.
I began this card with a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock randomly stamped with the loose vine image from the Vintage Vogue stamp set using Pear Pizzazz ink. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink. A strip of Poppy Parade cardstock was also randomly stamped with the loose vine image, this time using Poppy Parade ink, then punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch. The edges of the cardstock ribbon were sponged with Poppy Parade ink. This piece was adhered near the left side of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
A piece of Newsprint Designer Series Paper was randomly stamped with the loose vine image using Poppy Parade ink and the small flower image (also from the Vintage Vogue stamp set) using Pear Pizzazz ink. The Newsprint was crumpled up and then mostly smoothed out on the tabletop. Then I drug the Basic Black stamp pad across the paper a couple of times, followed by some swipes with the Sanding Block once the ink dried. After that, I strenuously distressed the edges of the paper and finished with sponging the edges of the paper with Basic Black ink. This piece was adhered to the Pear Pizzazz cardstock with Tombow Multi Adhesive. A piece of Basic Black 5/8" Satin ribbon was placed vertically on top of the Newsprint and Pear Pizzazz with the ends folded over and adhered to the back of the Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) was stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock and punched out with the Word Window punch. The right curved edge of the punched piece was cut off and the edges sponged with Basic Black ink. The sentiment was adhered to the card front and a hole was pierced through the sentiment piece, Newsprint, and Pear Pizzazz cardstock. A Basic Black brad was inserted into the hole and the brad legs set on the back of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock. The entire piece was adhered to the Basic Black card base with SNAIL.
To create the focal point for this card, a frame from the Matchbox Messages stamp set was stamped with Versamark on Naturals Ivory cardstock and heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder. Inside the frame, the chair was stamped with Basic Black Craft ink and heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder. The edges of the cardstock were torn and sponged with Basic Black ink. The inside of the frame was lightly sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink and the area outside the frame was lightly sponged with Poppy Parade ink. This piece was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside of the card was lined with a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock. The loose vine image was stamped in the upper right and lower left corners with Pear Pizzazz and then the small flower image was stamped near the vines with Poppy Parade ink. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Basic Black ink.
The chair was stamped near the lower left front of the Naturals Ivory envelope with Basic Black ink and then again on a Post-It Note so that part of the chair image has the repositioning adhesive on the back. The chair was cut out of the Post-It Note and placed on top of the chair on the envelope. Then the loose vine image was stamped around the chair with Pear Pizzazz ink and the small flower with Poppy Parade ink. The Post-It Note was removed from the envelope to reveal the completed design.
There's a bit of work to making this card, and that's OK. I think when you're making a Sympathy card it helps that the design is a little time-consuming. It gives you time to think about the person who has passed, the life that they lived, the lives that they touched, the grief of those they left behind, and the caring you want to convey through the love you put into the card you send.
Stamps: Have a Seat, Matchbox Messages, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Vintage Vogue; Inks: Basic Black, Basic Black Craft, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Versamark; Cardstock: Basic Black, Naturals Ivory, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade; Designer Series Paper: Newsprint; Embellishments: Neutrals Brads (Basic Black), Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Word Window punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Cutter Kit (Edge Distresser), Sanding Block, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Post-It Note; Other: Medium Naturals Ivory Envelope