I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for the talent He has bestowed on all of us!
I have been artistic all of my life and love experimenting with different mediums and techniques. This blog is my creative outlet to share my passion for cardmaking and papercrafting!
This month has been
one of joyous occasions as well as one of saying goodbye to loved ones. I found out that one of my uncles passed away
(he lives far away from me and I have not seen him in approx. 15 years or more)
plus there were two other funerals I attended within the last week for men who
were influential in my life as well as others.
With the flurry of
work and Christmas, I had not had the chance to create special sympathy cards
for any of the families who lost loved ones, so this weekend I finally had a
chance to spend time in my craft room...
I wanted to create
masculine sympathy cards and chose to incorporate the SU- Only SUO61 True Blue Color Challenge into the theme of the cards. I also wanted to use one
of the new sets from the 2013 Spring Mini catalog andI was not aware at the time of designing
these cards that the one gentleman who has passed into the arms of Jesus loved
the beach and spent vacations there with his family every year –plus the verse in the sentiment was mentioned as one of his favorites at the funeral. It is truly amazing how the Lord leads you without you even knowing it at
the time :-)
To create the basic
elements for these cards:
The basic panel
design was created by brayering ink onto four pieces of Whisper White cardstock- first Bashful
Blue, then Marina Mist and finally Tempting Turquoise. You do not have to be
perfect with this step, in fact, the brayered colors on the cardstock will appear
a bit contemporary with some of the hard edges showing but do not despair- you will not notice this once the
card is finished :-)
Stamp the images
using Midnight Muse Classic Ink and punch out the images with the 1 ¼” Square Punch (use
the ¾” Circle Punch to punch out the Nantucket anchor image). You will not be able to fit the entire images into the punched area, so chose the areas that appeal to you:-)
With the Color
Spritzer Tool and a Midnight Muse Stampin’ Write marker, spritz the images to
add a bit if distressing. Layer onto
squares punched from Midnight Muse cardstock with the 1 3/8” Square Punch.
Card #1- Distress the
edges of the Midnight Muse with the Distressing Tool. Layer onto Whisper White cardstock and again
onto Tempting Turquoise. Add the
sentiment layer at the bottom and knotted Hemp Twine with the circular image in
Use the Big Shot™
with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of
Whisper White and Midnight Muse cardstock.
Layer onto Tempting Turquoise and adhere the focal image to finish off
Card #2- Use the same
steps as in Card #1, except use a piece of Whisper White embossed with the
Herringbone Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (this was already embossed
in my scraps).
Layer a piece of Tempting
Turquoise behind the sentiment layer (cut with the Big Shot™ and the Labels
Collection Framelits™ ).
A few more punched elements behind the Nantucket image adds additional interest.
Card #3- Again the
same steps but the Woodgrain folder with Whisper White panel is mounted onto Tempting Turquoise and again onto Whisper White- the sentiment is
directly stamped on this Whisper White layer.
Once distressed a bit with Sponge Daubers, the Color Spritzer Tool and the Nantucket stamp, layer the entire card onto Midnight Muse cardstock before adding the Whisper White card base.
Card #4- I used the fish
and coral images only and added the Nantucket stamp onto those panels.
The sentiment banner was created with the 1' Square Punch for the banner points and the Hemp Twine was noted and wrapped around the edges.
Add the Woodgrain and Square Lattice embossed panels along with the Circle Brad in the center to finish off the card.