Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2020 Stash Party #26 - Thinking of You - A Sympathy Card

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I rarely create sympathy cards.  For one thing, they are not a part of the expression of sympathy in my faith and for another, It is difficult to strike just the right balance in the tone of the card. I want my cards to be an elegantly clean and simple expression of sympathy.  I never ever put stamped text on the inside.  This card was ordered by my SIL.  She asked for something "different."  I hope she likes this when she sees it!  I am creating these as a set but each one will have a different background color.  I may post the companion pieces later in the week.
Thinking of You
Once again, I found a treasure in my stash.  When I purchased this stencil so many years ago, my plan was to use it on my Gelli plate.  But my Gelli plate enthusiasm waned when I got a look at the amazing work that was being done by mono-printing enthusiasts!  There are so many interesting ways to use this stencil but I decided to use it in the most traditional style.

After taping the stencil to my card, I pressed VersaMark Embossing Ink onto the stencil.  To ensure complete coverage, I made two or three passes over the entire design.  I then covered the stencil with Purple embossing powder and heat embossed.  I used copy paper (you can use a phone book or tissue paper might work) to cover the stencil (I used two sheets) and I ironed off the shiny layer.
I wish my photography skills were better and I could show you the satin finish that this ironing technique gives the ink. This card background was a deep, deep, purple but after ironing, I was left with this soft lavender color!
The ironing process also created this wonderful splattering of dark purple throughout the card. I added a little splatter around the area of the ribbon just to introduce a little more interest in the focal area. I still needed a bit more balance in the design so I finished off by adding the three sequins.

Stuff I Used: 
Stamp'n Stuff - Violet Opaque Embossing Powder (no longer available)
Really Reasonable Ribbon -Diamond Satin Pastel Green
Diamond Satin Pastel Green


  1. This card is beautiful I'm sure your SIL is going to love it, that background is awesome with that texture you've made, I love it. Hugs, María.

  2. Such a lovely sympathy card. The recepient will surely be touched by it x


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