I like to create cards ahead of time to have on hand for when I need them. I recently had a need for a sympathy card and found one in my stash, but I realized that I needed a few more to have on hand for those difficult times.
I find that, for me, using flowers and nature-inspired scenery works well on sympathy cards.
I started my card by stamping script unevenly over the cardstock background using a black water-resistant ink. I stamped the flowers across the bottom using the same ink. I repeated stamping until I had covered the bottom area of the background. I stamped the sentiment along the top using black ink. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and sponged the edges using brown dye ink; this gives a soft, aged look to papers.
I colored the flowers with gold watercolor pencil and a waterbrush. I added a touch of lavender around the edges of the flowers for my shading. I stamped the butterflies and colored them with the same lavender and gold colors.
I mounted the stamped background on a white cardstock card base, then distressed the edges with the same brown dye ink.
- STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush
- Hero Arts Poly CLEAR Stamps: Delicate Blossoms, With Sympathy
- Hero Arts Wood Stamps: Papillions, Old Letter Writing
- Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad, Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Hope you find some time to create this week!
Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)