Lovely as a Tree Sympathy Card

Today’s card is one we all wish we didn’t need to make but unfortunately we all need to have sympathy cards.  I needed to make a card that would work for couples.  I just pulled some paper from my retired folders that looked soothing together.  I don’t have a sympathy stamp set(it is on my wish list but I always find myself buying other sets) so I always seem to have to pull something together.

I started by embossing my card using the perfect polka dot embossing folder and the big shot.  Then I needed a stamp set and I picked the Lovely as a Tree set.  I am really beginning to like the Lovely as a Tree stamp set I inherited from my Grandma’s house.  It is becoming a very versatile stamp set for me.  I simply stamped the image in a slightly darker green on to my light green card stock.  I added the dark green behind everything to give the card an anchor and to hide the ends of the trim and the back side of the brad.  I used the Easy Events Stamp Set for the sentiment.  I used tape to mask the part of the stamp I didn’t want while inking the stamp and then just removed the tape before stamping.  I think the “sending you love” on the front ties in with the words on the inside of the card.  I added the tiny butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits just to finish the look with a pop of color and elegance with the tiny pearl jewel in the center.  I just pulled the butterfly out of my stash of saved butterflies as I always seem to have some leftover from other projects.



I wanted to make sure that the people receiving these cards know they are getting something special in the mail the moment they get the mail out of the mail box. I added stamping to the front of the envelope and embossed on the flap in the back.


I hope this sympathy card has inspired you to make some of your own because if anyone needs or deserves a handmade card it is when they have suffered the loss of a loved one. See you tomorrow.



Less is More Challenge Entry #2 One Layer

Well, what a weekend this has been!  Two days of garage sale, a fun night spent with friends, a Sunday Morning of worship, and then an afternoon spent helping my sister because she had a migraine and had a long list of stuff that had to get done for a big week at work.  Needless to say all that did not leave a lot of time for me to stamp or blog.  I missed my goal of posting everyday in September but I also learned that I need to make sure I have enough time for God and my family and posting yesterday would have gotten in the way of both of those.  So I am going to continue to post daily except on the weekends and then work to post at least one day on the weekends.

I did go downstairs last night about 9 pm and make my entry card for this weeks challenge on the Less is More blog but I did not stay up to type my post.  I am trying to get that done in between everything else that I am doing today, so I apologize for how late this is today.   I almost feel like an artist after making this card because I had a picture form in my head of what I wanted this card to look like once I saw what the challenge for the week was and it really does look like what I pictured in my head.  I always wanted to be artistic.  My Grandmother did beautiful china painting, my Aunt could draw and paint and make beautiful stuff out of nothing, and my mom can sew and make beautiful clothes so I have a family full of artists and I always wanted to be artistic and never was but now I am beginning to think I just needed to find my art form.

I had just seen how to create a moon effect using masking and sponging ink and wanted to try it.  I saw this technique using yellows and oranges for a Halloween card.  I wanted to do a Christmas/winter scene so I used blues.  I started by taking sticky notes and punching several sheets with my 1 3/4″ circle punch to get the circle for my moon.  I then placed my moon and tree and then used scrap paper and removable adhesive to tape off the white part of the card.  I used my lightest blue Marina Mist and sponged color onto my Whisper White card base working out from the center of my moon.  Next with Midnight Muse, I worked from the outside of my space towards my moon.  I finished off the space with some Night of Navy to blend for the finished look.  I can say it was very easy and I only did two cards last night to get a look I was happy with.  I used the stamping sponge which comes in a large circle cut into wedges.  I got 4 wedges out of half the sponge.  After I finished with the blue, I removed my circle and stamped my tree image.  I used the pine tree from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set and my Stampin’ Write markers in Early Espresso and Garden Green for the two toned stamped image.  (I am going to be doing some videos to show how I do some of these techniques.  I just have to have time when my sister is available to help me learn how to set up and use her camera.  I would love to know what you would like to see demonstrated.).  I cleaned my stamp and then strategically re-inked the stamp with versa mark ink so that I could add the white embossing on the tree.   Once I was all done embossing I added some Summer Starfruit ink to the moon and then wiped the excess off the tree with a paper towel.  Once I was all finished I removed the masking over the white space and stamped my greeting in Midnight Muse.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Lovely As a Tree Wood #115026 — Clear #127793 and Four the Holidays (retired)

Ink: Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad #126860, Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad #119668, Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad #126970, Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad #126991, Versa Mark Ink Pad #102283, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker #119680, Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers #119701 (this number is for the Regals pack of 10 markers)

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch #119850, Heat Tool #129053, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder #109132, Stamping Sponges #101610, removable adhesive

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this one layer Christmas Card.  See you again tomorrow.


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