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Sympathy Card

I HATE making sympathy cards. I never know if I should make them for the person I am sending them to, or make them to represent the person who passed. This time I went with the person I am sending it too. Then you add the whole religious aspect of the event, and I get even more confused. I am not religious, but I know many people find comfort in their religion, and at a time like this that's important. I just don't "do" religious anything. Luckily this time the recipient feels like I do so it was easier. But I still hate making sympathy cards. I was, however, happy to try out the technique that I used on here. It it by no means an original idea, but I think it looks so pretty.

I stamped the Lily in Stazon on vellum and then using an embossing stylus I embossed (from the back) the areas of the Lily that I wanted to remain white. I rubbed some wax paper over the surface of the vellum to help the stylus glide easier. After I got the back side pushed up, I turned it over and embossed it again from the front in the recessed areas. This helps stabilize the piece as well as make it "pop" more.


I added the color from the back of the vellum. First I just barely touched the shadow areas of the flower with Blush Blossom, and since it's vellum I was able to "smear" the color to lighten it a bit. Then I colored the background shadow areas with Blush, the stamen with Banana, and the leaves with Mellow Moss. I turned the piece over again and darkened the shadows with the same colors, but this time from the front. I mounted the vellum on a Blush Blossom piece. I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory. The base is Blush Blossom stamped tone on tone with Fine Lace. The side panel is Mellow Moss again stamped tone on tone with French Script. I LOVE these micro brads I found. They are TINY. Then I added a little ribbon flag.

The inside says:

Sharing your sorrow,
Thinking of you and
wishing I could be there
to hold your hand.

With Deepest Sympathy

16 comments:

Daz said...

This is a beautiful sympathy card! They are always the hardest to make.

Taylor said...

This is so gorgeous - I know she will really appreciate it. I love how you did the flower - gonna have to try it!

Erika H. said...

I love how you did that flower...thanks for sharing how you did that. Beautiful card!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

This is really lovely...

Kerry J. said...

I'm sorry you needed to make one - but your card is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the instructions.

Joyce T said...

This is a stunning card. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful sympathy card. i also have trouble making something religious. This is perfect.
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Kim Kowal said...

Sympathy cards ARE the hardest to make but you made this look easy, what a lovely tribute.

Susan G said...

I, too, struggle with sympathy cards. This is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing the embossing technique. I want to try it soon.

Debbie said...

Laura... what a beautiful card.

Kelly S said...

Laura, this is just beautiful. I am sorry you had to make one - I hate making them myself - but it turned out gorgeous. I am sure the recipient will appreciate it.

Kristi said...

Wow this is a great card.

Anonymous said...

gorgous card.

i know it will be appreciated.

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Eva said...

This is stunning! WOW!!!!

lindsalita said...

What a cool new technique and I love this flower!!

Korin Sutherland said...

Beautiful card even though I am sorry you had to make it.

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