Thoughts and Prayers Square Sympathy Card

Hello Everyone,

I have for you today another sympathy card that I have made.  It has seemed like I needed a number of sympathy cards this fall.  I once again went to my Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.  This time I tried a different technique and created a card with the same set I have used before with a very different look.

I stamped the flowers from this set and actually stamped it multiple times to create a group of stamped images in as straight of a line as I could get with this stamp.  I then took my 1″ square punch and punched out the white squares.  I liked using the punch for this step because it allowed me to see exactly what my square would look like once punched.  Cutting the squares would have been more difficult.  I did cut the layers behind the stamped layer they were just squares and were quick to cut strips into the right size squares.  I also added the border using the scallop trim border punch.  My colors were Pretty in Pink, Marina Mist, and Wild Wasabi (I think.  It has been awhile and I didn’t take notes on my colors.)  I once again needed the card and didn’t have time to take notes or make me a sample.  I am just glad that I got a picture taken.  You can use what ever colors strike you.  I wanted something that was definitely on the feminine side since this card was not going to a couple but to a twenty-something women.

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

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers Set Wood (Double-mounted) #113252 — Clear #127805

Ink:  Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad #, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker, Pretty in Pink Stampin Write Marker (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately),

Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink #, Wild Wasabi #108641, Marina Mist #, Whisper White #

Tools/Accessories:   Scalloped Oval Punch # Large Oval Punch #119855, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing this Sympathy Card with a more masculine twist.  I will be posting some more cards soon using this same set.  I have needed several sympathy cards recently.  See you again soon.

Jenny

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Masculine Sympathy Card

Hello Everyone,

I am back.  I am sorry I have been silent for the last month.  I started a new job and it has taken me a lot more time than I expected to get adjusted and figure out how to better manage my time.  I have not stopped stamping.  In fact I have managed to do quite a bit of stamping.  I just couldn’t keep up with both.  I am hoping now that I have a number of projects finished that I can blog about I will be able to post more regularly.  I going to work towards posting 2 to 3 times per week.

The project I have for you today is a Sympathy Card.  I am working on building a supply of cards that I can use when needed.  A sympathy card is something we all need. I have to admit that my husband helped me design this card.  He is always an asset when I am designing something that I really want to appeal to a man.  This card was a definite work in progress that took many twists and turns before we finalized the project.

I started with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from the Annual Catalog page 54.  I used the tree stamp for my image and decided to play a little and used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves in fall colors.  I used More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Bravo Burgundy.  I just colored different leaves with the different markers in a random fashion.  Some leaves got colored with two colors.  I also used my Chocolate Chip marker for the branches.  I then stamped the design on a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock cut to fit on the front of the card.  I also used my Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelits from the Annual Catalog pg 191.  I cut the design out and saved the cut out piece and used the frame that produced.   I used another framelits from the same set and cut out from Chocolate Chip as the background for the sentiment.  I used a sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset and stamped on Very Vanilla Card stop with Chocolate Chip and then used my Large Oval punch.  I popped the very vanilla oval up using a Stampin’ dimensional and another set to pop the background cutout as well.  This was a total of two layers of dimensionals.  I also added the four brads from the 3/16″ Neutrals Brads from the Annual Catalog page 174.

Since the card base was Chocolate Chip which is so dark I added a simple piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the inside.  This allowed me to stamp a saying on the inside also from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset.  This I stamped in Wild Wasabi the same color green from the front of the card.  I didn’t add anything else to the inside as I would have done had I been intending to give this card to a female.  My husband reminds me to keep things more simple to maintain the male appeal.

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

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers Set Wood (Double-mounted) #113252 — Clear #127805

Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, More Mustard Stampin’ Write Marker, Bravo Burgundy Stampin Write Marker, and Cajun Craze #119701 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker # 119703 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad #126959

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Wild Wasabi #108641, Chocolate Chip #102128

Tools/Accessories:  3/16″ Neutrals Brads #119736, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Large Oval Punch #119855, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing this Sympathy Card with a more masculine twist.  I will be posting some more cards soon using this same set.  I have needed several sympathy cards recently.  See you again soon.

Jenny

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jenny

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