Hello there. Happy Wednesday!
Today's project features a card that I made for a good friend who lost her brother (and only remaining blood relative) unexpectedly. How do you express your condolences when you know that the person receiving the card is hurting so very badly? All I could think was that I needed to find a way to bring some sense of comfort to my friend at a very difficult time.
So I sat and thought about my friend's brother and the memories I had of him teasing his sister and me about our long hours of tennis practice, our study habits, and just general nonsense directed toward two teenage girls; usually delivered on his way out the door to the fire station. He reminded me quite a bit of his father, another incorrigible tease, with his sense of humor. My friend also shares that wonderful sense of humor. Coming from a huge, prolific family, it is hard for me to understand the loss that my friend must be feeling knowing that all her relatives are now gone. Fortunately, she has a large base of in-laws and life long friends that I know she'll be able to depend upon to help her through these next few months as she works to disposition her brother's affairs and come to terms with her grief.
So taking all this into account, this card just seemed to form itself.
I knew I wanted my card to look soft and comforting, so I pulled out the Bordering on Romance stamp set and some watercolor paper. I stamped the flower bouquet on two pieces of watercolor paper using Staz-On Jet Black ink and added color to the flowers and leaves (and the medium complete flower of the second stamped image) using an AquaPainter and the color squeezed onto the inside of the stamp pad lid. The colors used for the flowers are Blushing Bride and Regal Rose. The colors for the leaves are Pear Pizzazz and Lucky Limeade. Once the watercolor paper dried, I used the Labels Collection Framelits (2 3/16" x 2 5/8") to die cut the image. For the second stamped image, I used Paper Snips to cut out the medium complete flower and placed it over its corresponding flower image on the first stamped image with Stampin' Dimensionals. Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Pleated Satin ribbon was attached to the back of the die cut image with Sticky Strip and Basic Pearls were added to the center of each flower: 5 mm for the large and medium flowers, 3 mm for the small flower, and 2 mm for each of the tiny flowers.
The card base is Basic Gray cardstock. One edge of a piece of Basic Gray patterned paper from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper was die cut using the scallop border die cut from the Adorning Accents Edgelits. The die cut edge of the paper was sponged with Basic Gray ink and adhered along the bottom edge of the card front. One edge of a panel of Blushing Bride cardstock was die cut using the curved edge die cut from the Adorning Accents Edgelits. The curved border image, from the Bordering on Romance stamp set, was inked with Blushing Bride ink and stamped approximately 1/2" inside the die cut curved border and then the curved edge was embossed with the corresponding folder from the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders in between the die cut edge and the stamped border image. The remainder of the panel was randomly stamped with the small flower image using Blushing Bride ink. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Blushing Bride ink and the sponge was rubbed across the embossed edge to bring the raised area into higher relief. To complete the card front panel, a second piece of Basic Gray patterned Designer Series Paper was die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits (2 13/16" x 3 5/16"), the die cut edges sponged with Basic Gray ink, and the piece adhered to the center of the Blushing Bride panel. The Blushing Bride panel was adhered to the card front aligning the top, left and right sides of the panel with the top (fold), left and right sides of the card front. The focal point was placed at the center of the die cut Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Dimensionals stacked two high at the back center of the die cut.
The sentiment, from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Regal Rose ink and punched out with the Word Window punch. The edges of the punched cardstock were sponged with Blushing Bride ink. The sentiment was placed at the center of a piece of Basic Gray cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch and the punched edges sponged with Basic Gray ink. The sentiment was adhered below the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock; the edges sponged with Basic Gray ink. The branch of tiny flowers and buds was stamped at the upper left corner using Basic Gray ink. The image was watercolored using Blushing Bride/Regal Rose for the flowers and buds and Pear Pizzazz/Lucky Limeade for the leaves; picking up the ink pressed to the inside of the stamp pad lid with the Blender Pen. A piece of Basic Gray patterned paper from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper was die cut using the curved border die from the Adorning Accents Edgelits and the edges sponged with Basic Gray ink. The die cut piece was adhered to the liner aligning the top, left, and right edges of the paper with the top, left, and right edges of the liner. A truly wonderful expression of sympathy, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Pear Pizzazz and Regal Rose inks.
The branch of tiny flowers and buds was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Basic Gray ink. The image was watercolored using the same process used for the liner at the inside sentiment area of the card. The sentiment was stamped just below the image using Regal Rose ink.
Making Sympathy cards is always a difficult process for me. I tend to make them when required which seems to help me come to terms, somewhat, with the grieving process for that person (or their loved one). I have to admit that, while sometimes painful, it's a good way to help me push the good memories forward and focus on the endearing traits that made that person (and/or their loved one) so very special.
Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade, Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose; Cardstock: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Twitterpated; Embellishments: Basic Pearls, Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Pleated Satin ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, AquaPainter, Blender Pen, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Adorning Accents Textured Impressions embossing folders; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope