Heartfelt Sympathy

Earlier this month two very dear friends of mine lost someone very special to them. For one, it was the loss of her mother. For the other, it was the loss of her grandmother. These women are like family to me, so my heart was aching for them. Around that same time, I saw these mini notes cards created by Bibi Cameron and decided to CASE the design to create a sympathy card for each of my friends.

I used several new products from Stampin’ Up!® on this card. They will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, June 1) when the new 2016-2017 annual catalog officially launches. I’ve also used a few retiring products which will no longer be available after today. Because of this, I’m not going to create a product list at the end of this post as I normally would. If you have any questions about any of the products I’ve used, please leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to try and answer them.

Mel's Card Corner | Sympathy Card

For my card, I started with a large rectangular scrap of white card stock. I applied a dusting of the new Flirty Flamingo ink using a medium Clarity Stencil Brush. I love how evenly and smoothly these brushes apply the ink vs. other techniques I’ve tried in the past (sponging, blending tools, etc.). They aren’t cheap, but I definitely think they’re worth it given the beautiful results they provide. I purchased my set from Tupelo Designs, LLC. You can find them at this link: Clarity Stencil Brushes.

Next, I used the same Flirty Flamingo ink to stamp one of the small floral images from the new Love and Affection stamp set. Once I had covered the entire piece, I used one of the sweetheart dies from the new Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies to cut out the heart shape using my Big Shot.

For the sentiment, I took a scrap of black cardstock and stamped one of the sentiments from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set. I’m so sad this set is retiring because it has such amazing sentiments. This is one set I will definitely continue using even though it’s retired. I stamped it using VersaMark ink then heat embossed it with some Alabaster ultra fine embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. I fish-tailed the ends using the Banner Punch which is retiring and which I will also continue to use. LOL

Mel's Card Corner | Sympathy Card

I created a white layer using a scalloped rectangle die from the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart collection sold earlier this year. I adhered the heart to it using Dimensionals then adhered the sentiment banner on top of that. I used tape runner on the middle part and added a little bit of Dimensionals under either end to keep them popped up to the same level as the heart. I then adhered the scalloped rectangle panel to an A2 top-folding white card base to finish the card. I just love the look of the white on white layering.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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  1. Chloe Evans says:

    I’m so sorry for you loss Melissa and that you had to make these cards at all. But they really are gorgeous and I’m sure both of your friends will appreciate receiving them. Sending hugs and thanks for joining us at TGIF – Chlo x

  2. Bibi says:

    Hola lovely Melissa, what an honour to know you got the inspiration to make this cute card from one of my cards! this make my heart smile. So thank you very much and thanks for join us in TGIF challenges! x Bibi Cameron from Scotland.

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