Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop -- Choose Happiness
A Friendship Card -- Choose Happiness Blog Hop Followup

A Sympathy Card -- Choose Happiness Blog Hop Followup

Hello!  Happy Monday!

This week I'll be sharing the how-to's for the projects I featured during the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop.  If you didn't have time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so.  There are so many great ideas!  You can see the blog hop line up by clicking here or you can begin at the first stop of the hop by clicking here.  All the stops on the hop are linked so you'll travel in a circle and end up right where you began.  

The Retiring stamp set that I featured for the hop was Choose Happiness.  Today's post will discuss the how-to's for making the Sympathy card.

Choose_Happiness_Sympathy

This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The edges of the card front were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  A panel of Soft Suede cardstock was stamped with the Hardwood background stamp using Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the panel were distressed by dragging the blade of the Paper Snips along the edges of the cardstock to roughen them up.  (You can also do this with an edge distressing tool or for a softer edge, a bone folder.)  The roughened edges were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The panel was then adhered at the center of the card front.

A strip of 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon (Retiring List) was cut to the width of the Soft Suede panel.  The edge stitching was removed from the edges of the burlap ribbon and some of the long and short threads were removed from each side of the ribbon to create a mat.  The burlap mat was adhered just below center across the Soft Suede panel using Tear & Tape adhesive.  A scrap of Soft Suede Cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Banner framelit from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Framelits.  The "With Sympathy" greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps set was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink and punched out using the Word Window punch (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The edges of the punched greeting were sponged with Soft Suede ink and the greeting adhered toward the left end of the die cut banner.  The right end of the banner was cut off with Paper Snips and the edges of the banner sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The banner was adhered just below the right corner of the burlap mat with the right edge of the banner flush with the right edge of the Soft Suede panel.

The border image from the Choose Happiness stamp set was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered near the bottom edge of the burlap mat using Mini Glue Dots.  

The leaf image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink (Retiring List--Sold Out) and the leaves colored using the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink.  The stems of the image were colored with the Blender pen and Soft Suede ink.  The leaf image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered across the burlap mat with the bottom of the stem tucked under the third bump from the left of the border image and the top of the leaf image at the top right corner of the burlap mat.  The leaf image was adhered using rolled up Mini Glue Dots.

The flower image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Hello Honey ink (Retiring List--Ink Pad Sold Out).  The first flower was cut out using Paper Snips around the outside edge of the stamped image.  The second flower was cut out using Paper Snips cutting around the inside petals so that the two flowers can be layered.  The edges of each flower were rolled up with the Bone Folder and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The smaller flower was adhered at the center of the larger flower and the two flowers adhered at the upper left side of the burlap mat using a Stampin' Dimensional.  A medium-sized Classy Designer Button was threaded with Linen Thread and tied into a bow on the front of the button.  The button was adhered at the center of the stacked flowers using Mini Glue Dots.  

The bird image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lost Lagoon ink (Retiring List--Sold Out).  The bird was cut out using Paper Snips and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  A small Pearl Basic Jewels was adhered to the bird for his eye and the bird adhered over the leaf image to perch on top of the border image using a Stampin' Dimensional.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The leaf image was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner and then stamped again on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The leaf images were colored with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink for the leaves and Soft Suede ink for the stems.  The leaf image stamped on the scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered near the lower right corner of the liner.  The bird image was stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Lost Lagoon ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and the edges of the bird sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The bullet tip of the Soft Suede marker was used to make the bird's eye.  The bird was adhered to the liner, perched on the stem of the leaf image, using Mini Glue Dots.  

The Sympathy sentiments from the Petite Pairs stamp set (Retiring List) were stamped near the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.

Choose_Happiness_Sympathy_Envelope

The left front of the Medium Crumb Cake envelope was stamped twice with the leaf image using Mossy Meadow ink.  The images were colored with the Blender Pen and Old Olive ink for the leaves and Soft Suede ink for the stems.  The bird image was stamped along the bottom left edge of the envelope front using Lost Lagoon ink.  The bullet tip of the Soft Suede marker was used to make the bird's eye.

I first made this card a couple of years ago using the same design and (mostly) the same colors but was not happy with the result.  I remade the card for the blog hop and am much happier with the outcome on this go-around.  The changes are subtle, but sometimes it's the little changes that make the biggest impact.  I find that's true about a lot of things in life.  Don't you?

I'll be back in a couple of days with another one of the projects from the hop.  See you soon!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Hardwood, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Marker:  Soft Suede (Neutrals Collection); Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Classy Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Blender Pen, Word Window punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Framelits; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope

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Susan K

Beautiful card. Thank you for the good directions for duplicating it--it's on my ToDo list!

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