Soft Sympathy Card
I was going for a soft, muted look for this sympathy card, and I’m happy with how it turned out. Pairing Very Vanilla with Sahara Sand paper worked even better than I expected. I already loved the technique of using strips of patterned paper for a background. Using Stampin’ Up’s awesome Designer Series Papers just kicked it up a notch.
I started with five designs from the Falling in Love paper set. It’s retired, but this technique works with nearly any paper. (I think this exact design would be gorgeous with the new Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper, on Very Vanilla, maybe with Blushing Bride accents.) For this card, I chose five patterns, and cut a 3/4″ thick strip from each. One of my favorite tricks for getting different patterns to work well together is to ink the edges. I sponged on some Sahara Sand along all the edges before adhering the strips to a piece of vanilla cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″. After the strips were all glued down, I trimmed the excess, and then sponged around the whole rectangle, before adhering it to a Very Vanilla card-base.
I used the Flourish Thinlits set to cut out three flowery flourish pieces from Sahara Sand paper, for accent pieces. The sentiment was stamped with Soft Suede ink, with a little fishtail edge, and more of that Sahara Sand sponging. It’s adhered with some dimensionals.
Sympathy cards are always a struggle, because none of us like to think about what they represent… but I know that they can mean a lot to the recipient, so I like to keep some in my stash. This design, though, would work equally well as a “Thinking of You” card. Actually, with a change of papers, and colors, and accent pieces, there’s really no limit to what you could do with this design.
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