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Ok, this is the closest I’ve gotten to making a sympathy card. How do you make a card that’s not too cheery, but not too dark? Do you add embellishments or keep it simple? Do you use bright colors or keep it muted? The thought of making a sympathy card is a struggle for me. I don’t handle death very well at all. I never know what to say to a person. So unfortunately, a lot of the time I just don’t say anything at all and I hate that about myself. Death has always made me really uncomfortable. I know some people that have just been overwhelmed with people stopping them in the grocery store or at the Post Office just to give them their condolences and then that person doesn’t even want to leave their house anymore! So I convince myself that it’s best to just not say anything at all. I know, I know. It’s a horrible way for me to think so I’m hoping to change that about myself. There you have it. I just shared one of my most unpleasant qualities with you.
Anyway, these cards are about as close as I’ve gotten so far. And I don’t think I would use them as a sympathy card anyway because they feel too cheery to me. So they’d be great for someone that is maybe sick or just dealing with a lot in their life.
I started this off on some Bristol Smooth cardstock and a stencil by Simon Says Stamp called Leafy Frame stencil. I ink blended Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks. I wasn’t happy with my first take so I made this background 2 more times. Once I realized they were all turning out the same, I had to change my vision of this card a little. But it left me with 2 additional backgrounds. I only had time to make two cards, but now I have a background ready to go. All I need to do is add a sentiment.
To help loosen my vision up a bit, I added some water droplets using a Distress Sprayer and that simple little step helped me realize that my background did not need to be perfect. In fact, I love it even more imperfect. Check out my video below if you want the full story.
This Thinking of You die by SSS is the perfect size to fill a card front. It’s just big enough to be the focal point. I cut the Thinking of You sentiment out 3 times using Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock and used a spray adhesive to glue them all together. Then I cut one of my most used frame dies from SSS (from the Frames die set) 3 times as well but one of those layers I used Silver Glitter paper by SSS so my top layer would stand out a bit. Then I used a clear Wink of Stella pen and went over the entire sentiment. Once I glued the words in place, I added a couple Metallic Silver Jewels by Pretty Pink Posh to finish it off. For my second card I used Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops.
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