Saturday, August 3, 2013

Not My Favorite - Sympathy Cards

It seems like I have needed a lot of sympathy cards lately.  This is not something we want to have a need for but it is a card that we can really pour our heart into.  Here are several that I made recently.

This first card is more masculine.  I wanted it to portray the idea of strength.  I used three different designer papers and some craft cardstock.  I added some shading to the image using Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a Dove Blender.  I die cut it using Spellbinders’ dies that I practically forgot were in my stash, Octagons and Scalloped Octogons.  Why have I not used these more often?  I also distressed a lot of the edges.  The image and sentiment are both from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Details of this card can be found here.

This second card is the total opposite with a very feminine look.  I love the colors in this card.  I used a Spellbinders’ Floral Ovals die to back the sentiment, sponging the edges with ink.  Some pearls and a bow add the final touches.  Get more details on this card here.

My last card uses a digital stamp, Flower Wreath Set, from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  This is a great digital image and comes with lots of different sentiments.  I colored it with alcohol markers and die cut it using the Spellbinders’ Octogon dies, again.  I added the image, along with some rectangle on the front of a pre-made card base.  Detailed instructions for this card can be found here.

Hopefully I won’t need too many more of these in the near future but maybe these gave you some ideas in case you find the need.

E. Marie

These cards are entered in the following challenges:

Masculine Sympathy
The Pink Elephant Challenge TPE210 - Masculine

Feminine Deepest Sympathy
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge 106 – Spooled Items
4 Crafty Chicks Crazy Egg Challenge #153 {4CCC-153} – Bling

Digital Flower Wreath Sympathy
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 280 – Anything Goes


Anne Temple said...

All are so pretty. Especially like the masculine one - you don't see too many of these.

April said...

You did a wonderful job on all of these, Marie. I love them all.

Sandra H said...

They are all so lovely x

Gerlinde said...

Beautiful cards, Marie! I especially like the first one depicting strength. So cool!

Annette said...

Wow, fab cards. You've been busy and they've all gorgeous.
Thanks for joining in with us for our ‘spooled items’ challenge at Top Tip Tuesday
Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
Top Tip Tuesday,
ABC Christmas Challenge,
As You Like It Challenge,
The Stamp Basket, and
Stamp Fairy.

Brenda said...

Not my favorite thing to create either, but you've done a fabulous job with all three.

Shea said...

Lovely cards all, though I agree - we wish we didn't have to make them. Thanks so much for joining us at CI Paints!

Tamie said...

Beautiful creations! the bling adds an elegance to your sympathy card. Wonderful inspiration! We are sure glad that you shared it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks


Donna Ellis said...

Marie, thank you for the wonderful design ideas and color combinations with these images. Very pretty! My favorite is the tiger because of the rich colors, but I really like the violet wreath shape, shading and colors. Beautiful cards all three! hugs, de

Leanne said...

Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Leanne DT 4CC!

cheiron said...

Love all of your cards, especially the masculine one. These are hard to make but your designs are excellent. Thanks for playing along with the Anything Goes challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week!