Sunday, November 13, 2011

May You Be Comforted

Unfortunately, in the past week I have had to design two sympathy cards.  Since I only have one stamp collection with sympathetic sentiments, I had to use design paper to enhance each design.  I rarely repeat cards.  The first card was designed for a co-worker who lost his mother-in-law.
Because this card was designed for a male, I tried to use a masculine dp and a simple sentiment.

This card was designed for my daughter to give to her manager.  Because this card is being addressed to both the manager and his wife, and also because of their relative positions in the company, (He is the company President, my daughter is the Corporate Controller and VP of Finance and Accounting) I wanted a card that would be elegant and yet maintain the appropriate professional distance.

DEETS: Card 1- Neenah Solar White Linen CS, Recollections Printed Scrapbook paper; Image: Stampendous "Encouraging Words" collection; Sentiment: Heartfelt Creations' "Classic Message" set;  Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa, Pearls: Want 2 Scrap

Card 2 - Colorplan Bagdad Brown CS, Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory; Martha Stewart  Designer Paper Pad, Recollections' "Fashionably Chic" Paper Pad; Image and Sentiment: Stampendous "Encouraging Words" collection; Momento Rich Cocoa Ink; Pearls: Want 2 Scrap


Outlawz Color Challenge - Deadline 11/15
Supplies: Bazzill Berry Connection, Neenah Solar White Linen, Neenah Epic Black Linen,  6 by 6 Designer Paper Pad - Vanity Fair; Spellbinders  Fancy Tags Two; Spellbinders Standard Circles, Large, Heidi Snapp Clear stamps; Momento Tuxedo Black ink.

One of the things I love about The Outlawz Challenge Site, is the variety of challenges each week.  When I first returned to stamping and card making last year, The Outlawz was the first, and for a while, the only site I visited.  I was able to learn about the new trends in stamping, construction, and colors.  I discovered all the new tools,etc., simply by participating in all of their challenges: Copics (even though I don't color well) Greetings (forced to to use sentiments, which I usually tried to avoid) CAS (helped me learn to develop better focals for my designs) Sketch (helped me understand construction and focals).  Almost one year to the day that I joined Outlawz, I was invited to join their design team.  It was something I wanted, but never dared to hope for.  If you are a new card designer...Outlawz is the perfect place to learn and grow in an environment of encourgement and fun...You'll love it!! 

Here is the Inspiration and the color swatch - give it a try!