Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Simple Sympathy


I needed a sympathy card for a gent who has recently been bereaved, and this is the outcome.

I always find myself in a quandary as to what to make - do I make a 'frilly' card for a man who has lost his wife, or a simple one.  This time I went for the simple option.

I started with a grey flecked card base, sponging the edges with Cobblestone ink.  The blue panel was in my stash of 'bits' that I had experimented with.
This was cut using the largest die from the Spellbinders Marvelous Squares 
set, and then de-bossed using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The edges were lightly sponged with a blue ink.

The same card as the base was used for the sentiment panel - I silver embossed the sentiment from an Our Daily Bread Designs set of stamps. This was cut and embossed, and before the die was removed, I ran a silver pen around it.  I then layered that onto a silver scalloped oval.  The layered pair were mounted on the blue panel, which I had run a silver ribbon through.

I added a bow, took a second look and decided it was rather spartan, so found this wee stamp in an old set, masked the blue layer and randomly stamped it  onto the base in the cobblestone ink. 

 The final details were the pearls, which were popped onto the the abstract design and also under the sentiment. 

Thank you for visiting, any comments you may leave are deeply appreciated.
May your day be blessed


As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Beautiful card for such a sad occasion. Thank You for Playing and Sharing your creation with us at Here Come The Boys! Good Luck from Woo, Sharon, Teresa, Donna, Jacky, Ginny, Becky, Mojca, Mandz, Stacey & Helen x

Dawn T said...

A delightful card Maxine. Just the right amount of texture and layers.

Marilyn said...

You know Maxine, I think it is just as difficult to comment on a sympathy card as it is to make them. It's hard to say how gorgeous it is without gushing or seeming too fluffy about it because it is such a sombre time and you know the reason the card exists is because someone's loved one has passed.
Having said that, this is such an appropriate and well designed sympathy card. The colours are beautiful and pearls and ribbon are just the right amount of embellishment for it.

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

This is such a soothing and beautiful card!

jimlynn said...

It's beautiful! I love all the pearls on this and your embossing is sensational - as always! Lovely card.

cass said...

Elegantly crafted card, thanks for joining us at the Crafters Cafe this week

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Maxine, this is a hard card to have to make…such a sad reason. But it's beautiful and will bring comfort to this gentleman because you made it for him and will surely write something that will tell him you care. That's the important thing right now. It's lovely with the double embossing, and I love the pearls…just like his wife might have worn. So glad you joined us this week for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge!

mamapez5 said...

Simple and sincere. that is all you need for a sympathy card. Such a pretty shade of blue you have chosen. It all goes together so well. Kate xx

Unknown said...

This is just so peaceful with that shade of blue. It is also beautiful with the silver and pearls. I hope you have time to enter it with WAW.

Karen Letchworth said...

I really like this, Maxine. And I believe that it will be a real blessing when received. You are such a thoughtful person, and I am SO blessed to have you in my life. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, friendship, fellowship and for playing along with us in our challenges. You are such a blessing to me.
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Toni said...

Nice and gentle card. No matter the occasion, the love is the most important! And you've created it with love, it can be seen! Regards, TokBobok

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I am so sorry you had to create a sympathy card Maxine. It is so soft, soothing and beautiful with the blue and silver combo as well as all the embossing!! I am sure it will be so appreciated!! Thanks for sharing it with the ODBD Shining the Light challenge.

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card...so sorry that you had to make a sympathy card..

thank you for the nice comments on my blog.

Unknown said...

lovely card,, sad you had to make it though,Pam Dt Crafting Musketeers x

Fran said...

Beautiful, thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog, Fran (DT) xxx

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for Crafting Musketeers 'layer it up' challenge, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

Carrie said...

Lovely card we all have these kind to make from time to time and im sorry to hear you have had a loss to make such a card for. I am please that you have taken time to enter it into crafting musketeers challenge tho and good luck.

Carrie Crafting Musketeers DT Member