Sympathy cards are never fun to send however it's always great to have them on hand when you need one. This is also the card that inspired the creation of the tags in [ this post ].
I hadn't started out intending to do a monochromatic card but as it came together I found that I didn't want to introduce any color into this very elegant design. Even though this is a sympathy card, this design would work for many different occassions: wedding, anniversary, birthday, even a thank you.
I stamped several of the Stampin' Up Triple Treat Flower on the cream cardstock using a combination of Stampin' Up Crumb Cake and Illuminate Glimmer Inks. I would ink the stamp up with the Illuminate first and then dab it in the Crumb Cake before stamping. It gave the tone-on-tone a bit more substance and helped the design stand out without being too much color.
Then I simply punched out the flowers using the 2 coordination Stampin' Up punches and layered the flower adding some SU Pretties Florals in between layers for more depth and dimension and to add a touch of softness to the design. A pretty little rhinestone brad holds the floral together.
I die cut a heart from vellum and adhered the floral to the center of the heart, tucking some tulle underneath for elegant "leaves" and also some twine for added interest.
A decorative hat pin with beads (also from the SU Pretties kit) finishes off the accent.
The background was created by stamping the Hero Arts Leaf & Floral Background with the Stampin' Up Illuminate Glitter Ink. It's a watermark ink with a bit of shimmer to it and it's gorgeous in real life but kind of hard to see the detail in the photos.
Next, I stamped the Hero Arts newprint text over the watermarked background. I wiped a bit of the ink off the stamp before applying to my card to give it a bit more of a distressed appearance.
I embossed the Hero Arts "with Sympathy" greeting using the WOW Platinum embossing powder and then stamped the additional phrase with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink.
I stamped some coordinating hearts using the same inking technique as the flower, die cut them and adhered them to the card.
Finishing off the card by stamping a bit on the inside...
- Stampin' Up Pretties Kit
- Stampin' Up Fancy Flower Punch
- Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Tulle
- Stampin' Up Framelits Hearts (Sizzix)
- Stampin' Up Triple Treat Flower Stamp
- Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Ink
- Stampin' Up Flower Punch
- Stampin' Up Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink Pad
- Stampin' Up Take It To Heart Stamp Set
Have a great weekend!