Hello my crafty friends and welcome back or, if you’re new, welcome! With the state of the world, sympathy cards have unfortunately become my most requested card to make. In a way I do like to make sympathy cards because I always hope that it will bring comfort to the recipient, even if it’s just a little bit. Today is Sympathy Card Round 3 as you can see from the title. Let’s have a look at what I’ve created!
I love to use flowers on these types of cards, I just think they work so well. For this card I used stamps from the Honey Bee Stamps “Farm Fresh Flowers” stamp set. You can check that stamp set out on Simon Says Stamp here. I stamped the floral image first with my Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper that I get from Amazon. I then took a Post It Full Stick Note and stamped the flowers onto that using the same ink. I then took my Cutter Bee scissors and fussy cut the bottom part of the floral bouquet so that the Post It Note would work as a mask. Once it was cut, I lined up the bottom of the cut post it note to the bottom of the flowers on the card. I then took the rounder vase image and stamped it down so that it looked like the flowers were in front of the rim at the top. After that was stamped, I did the exact same thing with the flower stems. I used my Mini MISTI that I got from Simon Says Stamp for all of my stamping, including the mask stamping, the vase, and the stems as well as the flowers. To color the image I used my Mitsubishi Uni colored pencils that I got from Amazon here. They most certainly are a pricier colored pencil but with how much I use my colored pencils on cards and in my coloring books, I like to invest in my supplies. Next I pulled out a piece of Tonic Black Mirror Card Gloss Cardstock, I prefer to get mine from Simon Says Stamp. It die cuts beautifully and the gloss adds just the right amount of “extra-ness” without going overboard. I used the Simon Says Stamp ‘With Sympathy’ die to cut the sentiment from our Black Mirror cardstock. To attach the sentiment to the card, I used my ever trusty Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. You can get this from either Simon Says Stamp or Amazon. Personally I prefer to get it from Amazon because it’s faster shipping and I like to get it in a pack of three that way I’m stocked for a while. To attach my Bristol card front to my A2 sized card, I did something I rarely do- I used liquid glue!! The glue I chose to use to adhere our card front to the card was the Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue. I was introduced to this glue from Amy R. over at Prairie Paper & Ink over on YouTube- you can check her out here. On the inside I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp ‘Moments of Grace’ stamp set and I stamped the sentiment using my favorite Versafine Onyx Black ink. I love the Versafine Onyx Black ink because it is pigment but it is very fast drying so I can watercolor any image I stamped the outline with. I did consider adding some pearls or gems to the front of the card but…. I decided not to! If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you would know that I LOVE adding bling. I really wanted the flowers to speak for themselves and to give it a bit of a Clean and Simple look.
Thank you so so much for stopping by today and reading! I will try to provide a link for each product I used, they will be Simon Says Stamp and Amazon links but neither are affiliate links meaning I make nothing if you use them. I am just providing them to aid in your search for a product 😊 I hope you liked today’s post. I would love to know what types of cards, theme or style/size, that you would like to see me create. Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below. Your support of my blog means so much to me. If you ever have a question, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you! Below I will link my Instagram, Facebook page, and YouTube account if you want to check them out 😊 Have a great rest of your day and weekend and, until next time, keep creating! XO Emma