I went to my stash to get a card to send her to let her know I was thinking about her. (Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the visitation.) Several years ago, the group of girls I started scrapbooking with, created a card swap dinner. We'd get together on a regular basis and pick different themes for each swap. I just hoarded the cards, so I was certain I had something perfect in my stash to send to her. (We haven't done this in a while and I REALLY miss it!)
I mean, look at all those cards! Every one of them is handmade with love and - nothing. Not a single condolence card in the bunch - not even a "Thinking of you". What's a girl to do?? Make one! So I went into my other stash and pulled out all my stamps! Luckily, I'm a card maker and I have dozens of sentiments.
Here's what an uninterrupted hour of baby-free time looks like:
I just love how this card turned out!!
These days, whenever I'm making a card, the first thing I do is pull out our Make It From Your Heart how-to program. It's a 40-ish page booklet CHOCK FULL of patterns - complete with cutting instructions! From a design aspect, I love having pre-determined patterns when I'm crunched for time. It really helps me make the most of my creative time. And I love that it's small enough to slide into my bag when it's time to get together with my girls and crop!
I used the B&T papers from our retired Moonlight paper pack. It's Halloween-themed, but I think the muted Slate and Smokey Plum colors were just perfect for this card. I wanted to keep the card simple so I pulled a few techniques out of my bag of tricks.
One of my all-time favorite stamps is Treasure Life. It's a long-retired stamp set, but between the floral images and the sentiments, it is one of the most useful stamps that I own. I used it to stamp the background image on the card. For the stamped background image, I used Second-Generation Stamping. If you've never done it before, Second-Generation Stamping is where you load up your stamp with ink - get it good and juicy - and you stamp the image on the paper. Then, you reposition it and stamp it again on a different spot. This gives you a lighter stamped image and I think it also adds some interesting dimension to the card. (You can see above, it looks like there are floral stalks behind the darker stamped image.) I also embossed the three floral stalks in the front. For the sentiment on the front of the card, I used our Words of Comfort stamp set, which I corner-rounded on opposite corners. Before I embellished the card, I edged the two B&T pieces and the sentiment with Slate ink and edged the two Smokey Plum cardstock pieces with Smokey Plum ink. Then I finished off the card by embellishing it with our retired Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon, Licorice Opaques and a Filigree Charm. I used Liquid Glass to glue the Opaque and the Charm to the Ribbon and then the Ribbon to the card. My regular ATG usually doesn't fail me, but I wanted to make sure it all stuck well. The only thing about Liquid Glass is that you have to let it dry for a long time before touching or moving it. I usually let my projects set for 24 hours to be on the safe side.
I hope you like the card as much as I do.