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