Monday, May 29, 2023

An Autumn Sympathy Card

Hi everyone,

Why are sympathy cards so hard to make???   Ugh. I made 5 of them before this one and all of them were tossed into the trash.  And of course, that always happens when I actually, really need one.

This one is for one of my staff that lost a family member.  I know their heart is breaking and that’s pretty much all I can think about when I’m making the card.  That’s probably why it takes me twice as long to make them.  I really need to make a batch of sympathy cards ahead of time – it might be easier to make them when I don’t have a recipient in mind.

For this card, I went with a large floral that I water colored with Autumn colors of gold and orange, olive greens, and mustard.  I heat embossed the images using black pigment ink and clear embossing powder.  I’m not the best at water coloring, but having the embossed outline makes it a lot easier. 

Once the images were completely dry, I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I embossed my sentiment along the edge, added a piece of black cardstock to the left of my floral image, and left the right side of the card white.  

I added a few gems for some shine and a bit of interest.

This card goes in the mail tomorrow.  It will be late, but the sentiment is heartfelt, so I know they won’t mind.

I hope you all take a minute to hug someone you love today!



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I love to make cards and enjoy trying out new techniques and products. My artistic “style” differs almost daily – it just depends on what I’m making, the look I’m going for, who the intended recipient is, and, well, sometimes just the mood I’m in.



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