Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Trio of Sympathies

Welcome!  I make so many sympathy cards to sell in the shop that I thought it best to lump a few into one post.

I had to have the Penny Black Botanical Notes stamp after seeing it on others' blogs, and found it makes a lovely background in gray.  The sentiment is from my oft-used Hero Arts set, With Sympathy.


I stamped the image twice on pale gray cardstock, and cut out one butterfly to place on top.  I used a white shimmer Smooch ink to paint the butterfly, but I couldn't adequately capture that in a photo.


Stamps: Botanical Notes - Penny Black; With Sympathy - Hero Arts Paper: Going Gray - SU Ink: Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Mushroom seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: pearls; doily - Wilton; white shimmer Smooch ink

The next card is one I've made many times over.  It's a CASE of a card by Susan Raihala of Simplicity.  She's got such a way with the clean and simple style.


Stamps: All Year Greetings - Fiskars; Happy Harmony - SU Paper: True Black, white - PTI Ink: Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: gray velvet ribbon - May Arts Accessories & Tools: Lacy Brocade embossing folder - SU

The last involves subtle sponging, and a stamping-off technique:  stamp an image full-strength on scrap paper, then stamp on your card panel to get a softer appearance.


Stamps: Large Agapanthus - Stampendous; Kind Words - Verve Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White - SU Ink: Orchid Opulence, Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant - SU; Milled Lavender - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Glossy Accents - Ranger; Ornate Flourish embossing folder - The Paper Studio 

Blessings to you,

15 comments:

Lesley Croghan said...

All three are lovely!

Marjolein said...

Gorgeous and elegant Sympathy cards.
Great inspiration, I need to make some too. :-)
They always come in handy.
Bye,

Marjolein

Gibmiss said...

Hi Colleen
Fabulous cards... Your ideas are brilliant... Love the first one... Stunning
Hugs Sylvie xx

nwilliams6 said...

OM Gosh Colleen, these are beautiful and so elegant. Love them all. Your color choices and the images are fab. Impressive. Hugz!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are just gorgeous!!!!!!

Charlene said...

I have the stamp you used on your first card and it amazes me the different looks any one stamp can have :-) These are so pretty Colleen!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Colleen, these all have such depth of feeling. What a talent and an inspiration you are to us to be able to convey such emotion and tenderness in your cards! Thank you!! Hugs, Darnell

walchowDesign said...

Love all of them, Colleen! Although, I would never have thought of using violet/ purple for sympathy card but I love how yours turned out.

Stella said...

Sympathy cards are not easy to make. You did a fab job and these three cards are gorgeous. The first one is my favorite; subtle and elegant. It's so YOU and has your signature of elegance all over it. They will comfort the recipient for sure.
You are so talented!!
XX

Bonnie said...

That botanical stamp is on my list too! I LOVE what you've done with it in the gray! In fact all 3 of these cards are awesome!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful cards - perfect color combos for the type.

Marisa said...

ADORE that first card, and that flower image on the second always a great one to use (love it). Way to rock the purple on the last one!

Lisa said...

Beautiful sympathy cards Colleen, the colors are wonderful!!

Deepti said...

Simple beautiful n elegant! I am in love with the first one :)

Leslie Miller said...

All so beautiful, Colleen! I predict you'll make your money back on that gorgeous PB stamp if you haven't already. I still have Happy Harmony but it's on my sentiment shelf, so not on the progression. That is a lovely card in the very dignified neutrals. Love the purple. Also dignified in the deep, rich color with the silhouette stamp. I like how you used Orchid Opulence, which I still love. Very nice trio of cards.

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