Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sympathy Cards

Hello! Jamie here with a variety of sympathy cards. While sympathy cards are never something fun to make, I did enjoy playing with new techniques for these cards. I used a combination of the amazing Raisin Boat and Victorine Originals stamps for these cards. I am so blessed to have access to both lines of wonderful stamps!

A fellow design team member gave me some good advice for the future. She said these are some of the best cards to have ready-made, so when the time comes, you don't have sit down and make one when the emotions are raw. I'm definitely planning on doing that for the future.

For my first card, I used distress oxide inks to create the background. I stamped them on a craft sheet, sprayed them with water and then picked that color up by swiping my cardstock over it. I added some rhinestones around the card to give it a little extra. For the sentiment, I embossed one of the sayings from the amazing Raisin Boat stamp Flourishing Thoughts. This stamp set is perfect for so many occasions and I was glad I had it when it was time for these cards.
For my second card, I wanted to keep it simple and highlight the flower stamp from the Raisin Boat  Asian Serenity Bold stamp set.  I stamped them down the side in coordinating colors - this job is so much easier to line up the stamps when you use a stamp positioning tool, like the Tom Holtz Stamp Platform. I embossed the sentiment from the Raisin Boat stamp Flourishing Thoughts then finished off my card with some white glue drops.


For this card, I took a piece of cardstock and dry embossed it with a paisley pattern, then blended distress oxide inks over the top of it. I adhered it to a 5x7 card base, then colored the exposed card with a shimmer brush.

For my sentiment, I embossed the tree from the Raisin Boat Asian Serenity Bold stamp set and the Peace sentiment in another color on a piece of shimmer vellum. I ran the vellum through my Evolution Advanced Die Cutting and Embossing Machine using a stitched oval die. I matted the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock cut with the same die in a larger size. I colored the edge of the mat with a shimmer brush as well.

To attach the vellum, I used some pink glitter washi tape, and then added some to the bottom of the sentiment oval as well.

I wanted to try my hand at a monochromatic card for my next sympathy card. I used Victorine Originals stamps and the Raisin Boat stamp Flourishing Thoughts for the sentiment.

I started stamping the Crinkled Background stamp with first, second and third generation stamping with a purple ink. In a darker shade of purple, I stamped one of the beautiful flowers by Bellamy Parks Jansen

I added the sentiment from the Flourishing Thoughts stamp set and matted the whole piece of paper on a piece of purple cardstock. Around the edge of the top piece of paper, I dipped my shimmer brush in the ink from the purple ink pad and colored around the edges. Then I adhered all of that to the card base.


For this card, I went back to the distress oxide inks. I took my piece of white cardstock and placed it around a piece of wax paper I had ran through my dry embossing machine and a paisley embossing folder. Then, I ran the two pieces of cardstock and the embossed piece of wax paper through my laminating machine.

I sponged various colors of distress oxide inks over the top of that paper. Then I took a gold shimmer brush and colored the whole piece.

For my sentiment, I cut some shapes with my Evolution Advanced Die Cutting and Embossing Machine and stamped the sentiment in two steps so I could spread it out on the top piece. I added some more gold shimmer and some rhinestones to finish it off. Then adhered it all to an A2 card base.


For my last card, I used the Victorine Originals Background Set and the Raisin Boat Asian Serenity Bold stamp set.  I took one of the small background stamps and made the "swishes" across the card. Then I stamped that image on top of the swish. 

I splattered some distress oxide ink over the top of the card and the patterned paper on the edge of the card. Then I stamped some of the flower stems from the Asian Serenity set. I wanted a bigger flower, so I added some extra stems here and there to fill it in.

I added my sympathy stamp and some baker's twine to finish off the card.


Thank you for checking out my creations. May you and yours find peace and comfort with any struggles you are facing today. Happy crafting!
       ~Jamie



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