Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I find that Sympathy cards are so difficult to make - and they are not a card I can make ahead of time. I do try to make them somewhat personal. I struggled for several days making this card and I don't know if I am totally happy with it yet.
I love the background. I stamped the Hero Arts background stamp in VersaMark and then clear embossed it. I then rubbed distress inks over it - Blues and greens - to try and give it a tealish color. I matted it with a dark navy metallic paper. The sentiment - another Hero Arts Stamp - was stamped on a scrap of the patterned paper I stamped the background on. It was matted with the navy blue also. I had this Bazzill bling paper that picked up the blue/green undertones. The background and sentiment are both pop dotted.
The flower is made from coffee filters which I cut out with spellbinders - there are four layers of four different sizes that make up the flower. I colored the coffee filters with distress inks and Perfect Pearl Mists. I bunched them all up - put a rubber band around them and let them dry for 24 hours. The ribbon is from my friend Ivanka.
Moxie Fab World has a challenge to use household items on a card - well coffee filters are a household item. The actually make great flowers and take color from many different mediums. I will also place it in the Hero Arts monthly challenge for flowers.
Now I need to finish the inside of the card. I think I then need to just make a card that is not so difficult to design. Do you struggle making sympathy cards?