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Sympathy card for a friend

Recently my friend’s mother passed away and I needed to make a sympathy card.  She’s a dear friend and I was saddened to hear of the news.  I wanted my card to be elegant and to also let her know I was thinking about her and wished her comfort.   I wanted my card to be mostly neutral with a hint of color.  So Saffron was perfect.  I used a butterfly image because I think when our time here on earth is over our soul or energy, like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, we transform into something else.  The butterfly image I used is retired Stipple Butterfly.

I stamped the butterfly image with Versamark and Basic Black ink then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I then used a yellow watercolor pencil with a blender pen to color the wings.  The embossing powder adds just a bit of shimmer.  Click on the image below to see the shimmer.   I embossed the background and the envelope flap with the Vintage Wallpaper folder then sponged with So Saffron ink.    See card recipe below for more details.

Sympathy butterfly card

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Sympathy card inside

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Sympathy card

Size:  5.50″ h x 4.25″ w

Stamps:  retired Stipple Butterfly, Thanks for Caring Digital stamps

Paper:  CS:  Silver, So Saffron, Whisper White, Vellum

Ink:  So Saffron, Basic Black, Versamark, Yellow Watercolor pencil, Blender Pen

Accessories:  My Digital Studio, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Scallop Oval punch, Corner Rounder punch, Basic Pearls, non-SU edge punch, non- SU ribbon

Technique: Embossing, Watercolor, Die cutting

Hand Stamped Sentiments – Faux Metal Technique Challenge

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a faux metal technique challenge.  Sounds complicated but it’s not.   I cased the idea for my card from Diana Gibbs.  I like the idea of the faux metal tiles because it looks like a tin ceiling.  This technique is a bit different from the usual faux metal technique in that instead of using a stamped image I used an embossing folder with the faux metal squares and put it through my Big Shot.  Super easy!

Faux metal technique hummingbird card

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Project info:

To make the faux metal tiles I inked a 3” x 10” piece of Going Grey with the Versamark then put silver embossing powder, removed excess then used the heat tool to set.  I repeated this procedure over the first layer of silver embossing.  Cut my tiles to 1-1/8”.  Put the faux metal squares in the embossing folder then put it through my Big Shot.  Adhered the tiles with SNAIL to Basic Black layer.

Stamped my hummingbird image with black StayzOn then colored with watercolor pencils.  Adhered this layer to the Bashful Blue layer then to the Basic Black layer.  Adhered ribbon to this layer.  Adhered these layers to the faux metal background.  Adhered to the Bashful Blue card base.

Faux Metal Hummingbird card

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Size:  finished card size 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″

Stamp Sets:  Spring Song

Paper: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Going Gray, Watercolor paper

Ink:  VersaMark, Black StayzOn ink, Watercolor pencils, Blender pen

Accessories:  Silver embossing powder, Heat tool, non-SU Flowers embossing folder, Big Shot, Whisper White Satin ribbon

Techniques: Stamping, Faux metal technique

Very Merry Snowflakes PPA17 Sketch Challenge

This card was created for this week’s PPA sketch challenge by Margaret Moody, a talented pal known for her clean layouts and stunning design.  I wanted to use my sister’s new stamp set Snow Swirled.  I love this stamp set.  I used the snowflake stamp and some scraps leftover from my Holiday Card Event.  Red and green are the traditional colors for Christmas so I decided to do my take on this card with the snowflake background and a strip of textured paper done with the Petals-A-Plenty Stampin’ Up! Textured Impressions Folder for the Big Shot. I like the way my card turned out.  Let me know what you think.

PPA17 sketch

PPA17 sketch

PPA17 Sketch Challenge – click image for larger view

Stamp Sets:  Snow Swirled, Short & Sweet

Paper: SU Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ for background paper, SU Very VanillaReal Red and Old Olive cardstock

Ink:  SU Real Red Classic Ink

Accessories:  mixed retired SU Stampin’ Emboss Powder Rainbow Razzle (you can substitute with silver) with non- SU red embossing powder for a sparkly look, SU dimensionals, SU slit punch to make ticket edges, SU gold brads, non-SU red gemstones, SU Big Shot, SU Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Folder

Techniques: stamping, embossing

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