Saturday, July 9, 2016
In Our Hearts
My mom came into the craft room where I was working the other day, and said she needs a sympathy card. The assistant principal at the school where my mom teaches had lost her brother suddenly. I know sympathy cards can tend to be rather subdued, but I feel that there is nothing wrong with adding some bright pops of color. The occasion is somber enough as it is. Bright colors might just help provide a lift the card recipient needs.
The inspiration for my card came from this card I found through Pinterest. I used both the "Hummingbird" & "Fuchsia 2" stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped them on 2 scraps of Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, using Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I actually stamped the bird first in Versafine Onyx Black, but the image is relatively solid, and with all that black, it just looked a bit "heavy." I decided to go for a cloisonne look, hence the gold ink. After stamping, I heat embossed both images with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. I die cut the hummingbird with its coordinating die, and used a Spellbinders "Floral Ovals" die to cut the fuchsia panel. I then colored both images with my Zig Clean Color pens.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder (sorry, but it's not labeled, and I don't know the name) to emboss a panel of mint cardstock. I cut off a 3/8" strip from the bottom, and then cut off another 3/4" strip. I kept the narrower strip, and just recycled the second one.
For the greeting, I sized one from Doodle Pantry's "Sweet Sympathy Sentiments" to fit in a 3/4"-high space, with a bit of room above & below. I positioned it on a blank A2-size "canvas" in Photoshop, and printed it directly onto the front of a white card base. I used Scor-tape to adhere pieces of craft foam to the backs of my embossed panel & strip, and then adhered them to my card base, above and below the greeting. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue my oval to the card front, and foam tape to pop up the hummingbird.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs: "Anything that Grows...with ODBD"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion Challenges: "Anything Goes"
Virginia's View Challenge #22: "All About Colors"