The most difficult cards...

mel sympathyThankfully I haven't had to make a huge number of sympathy cards, but they are the hardest ones to do, for obvious reasons. Tim told me today that the father of one of our friends had passed away last night which made me so sad. I sat down late this afternoon to make this card for her. I thought the Easy Elegance set from the sumer mini would be a nice set to use for this card. I looked on Splitcoast for an idea to use as a starting point and based my design around this card that I found. I liked the graduated stamping effect, so started with that using my Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac markers for the flower and Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke for the stem. I only stamped it full strength once and the rest of the images are stamped off multiple times to get the lighter effect. Over the top of that I stamped French Script in Sahara Sand ink, having stamped it off onto scrap paper first so it was a bit muted.

mel sympathy detailThe sentiment is from the Level 1 hostess set Warmest Regards. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to split the two words onto different lines so that it would fit inside the Hodgepodge Hardware label holder. This is then held on by a strip of ribbon from the Sweet Shop range of Ribbon Originals and some pewter brads.

The main image is layered first onto Almost Amethyst card, then a smaller border of lovely lilac.

You can see the layering and stamp detail better in this picture and also the next layer back, which is Kraft stamped with the Linen background in Sahara Sand and sponged around the edges.

Hopefully my friend is able to gather her family around her and remember all the precious moments with her dad at such a sad time.