Sunday, May 11, 2014

Planning Ahead


I don't usually have a stock of Sympathy cards on hand, but decided to make one today - partially as a sample for a card class project, and partially simply to have one to hand should I need one in a hurry.

I started with a blue base, and embossed the sentiment directly onto it.

I then cut a strip of plain card and embossed it with a folder that came in the (English) Cardmaker magazine recently.  I did sponge some slightly darker ink over it to try and emphasise the embossing, but the contrast was lost once the ink dried.

The flower was cut in three layers - the first and last in patterned paper, and the middle one in white.  All layers were sponged with the same ink I used on the embossed panel.

One rather serendipitous detail was the butterfly on the patterned paper on the top half of the card - I had cut all the pieces of paper for the kits, and took this one as it was on the top.
When I was adding the rhinestones, I decided to make the most of this detail and outlined it with a blue glitter pen and added some bling to the body.

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  1. Very Pretty, Thank you for sharing with us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge...Hope you will join in with the fun again next week, after all without you we would have no challenge, good luck in the draw...
    Suzy B Owner Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge

  2. Beautiful card! Love the embossing and that wonderful butterfly.

  3. WOW Maxine. I am not crazy for sympathy cards either but this one is over the top and out of the park. Excellent.

  4. It is great to be prepared even for the sad things in life. This card is so beautiful. Thank you for taking time to share with us today at Word Art Wednesday. Many Blessings, Carole

  5. What a warm and heartfelt card. Thank you for joining us at Mema's Crafts this month. We wish you much luck and hope you will visit and play with us often.

  6. I love this card- the patterned paper is wonderful- LOVE how cool this worked out. The butterfly is nice and love the sequins you added.

  7. Beautiful card Maxine! So perfect that the butterfly was in the right spot to be another focal element on your card.

  8. Beautiful card Maxine. Perfect for a sympathy card.

  9. A sweet sympathy card.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  10. Such a pretty card Maxine and I am sure it will comfort someones heart when it is needed. These cards are always hard to create - well done making one in advance! {{{HUGS}}}

  11. That's really a pretty card, Thanks for sharing

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  12. Pretty card
    Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes challenge #5
    Gemma xx

  13. This is really beautiful, Maxine, and you are SO GOOD at the embossing. I just started stamping again with my new DT position and I plan to pull out my embossing powders and embossing gun soon, so I will have to see how mine turn out (not as well as yours, I'm guessing) but yours inspire me for sure!
    Have a blessed week and thanks so much for sharing.
    Word Art Wednesday

  14. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 28 'flowers'- hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x


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