Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just Believe Sympathy

  There are just some cards you never want to have to make or put in the mail.  I made some sympathy cards last weekend to send out to my aunt and cousins after my uncle passed away.  I wanted to keep the colors soft and the images not too frilly.  I always see these great cards with the beautiful layers of color and I wanted to try my hand at it.  Not quite what I had envisioned but I still like the results.  I guess I just need more practice for this technique; but not for sympathy cards!

  First, I embossed the largest stamp from the Just Believe set.  I used white embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used sponges to sponge color all the way up the image.  I started with Wild Wasabi for the grass then Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and finally Elegant Eggplant at the top.  The ink doesn't stick to the embossed image so you can just wipe it off to leave the white popping out from the color.  I think next time I'll spend more time trying to blend the different layers of color.

  I mounted the image panel on another piece of Whisper White and then added some brads in each corner.  I cut out a little butterfly from the Beautiful Wings embosslit, added a tiny adhesive pearl and popped it up with a dimensional on top of one of the flowers.

  The base of the card is Whisper White with a Not Quite Navy layer that is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  I tied a taffeta knot around the embossed panel and mounted the image on top.

  On another topic, I'm trying to figure out how to add watermarks to my photos so if my next few posts have pictures that are a bit wonky please bear with me while I work out the technical kinks!  I think the one on this photo is a little too small to read....but then again I think the photo seems kind of small to start with.  User error I'm sure!  Any tips are appreciated....I'm using GIMP on a Mac, well trying anyway!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Just Believe

Ink: Versamark, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, brads, taffeta ribbon, Beautiful Wings embosslit, adhesive pearls, dimensionals, sponges, white embossing powder


  1. Hmmmm....someone just told me about GIMP today! I need to do some WM's too! I'm with you on the sympathy cards - they are so difficult to make. I always want them to be just right for whoever they are going to. Yours is beautiful. Love the emboss resist technique - I know that your family will appreciate the time you took to create these for them. Hugs!

  2. Very pretty! Beautiful sympathy card. I like how you did the sponging.


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