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Afghan Pattern Card

by Amy Bowerman

For this weeks Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab I was inspired to create a sympathy card based on this inspirational photo.

cherished squares

Cherished Squares

My son’s Great Grandmother passed away earlier this week and I wanted to make a card for his Father’s family.  This was a first for me.  I’ve made all kinds of cards but never a sympathy card.  This is what I came up with…

afghan pattern

Afghan Pattern Sympathy Card

I was inspired by the afghan pattern and wanted to carry that into my design.  I had a fabulous new dollar stamp from Scrappy Cat that worked really well to mimic the afghan pattern.  I stamped and embossed on glossy cardstock then colored the white space with Distress Inks.  The stamp was too big to make a third row so I threw some vintage lace on to cover the space and add a little texture.  I was getting pretty frustrated with the lace in the beginning.  It was too big for the space.  When I attempted to cut to size it fell apart.  Just as I was about to throw up my hands and scrap the whole thing when I noticed that the extra bit of lace looked like an afghan thrown over the arm of a chair with the card  standing.  I decided to go with it…talk about art imitating life!  I’m just trying all sorts of new things today aren’t I?  I like the effect of the extra lace and how it makes the card look like a cozy afghan you want to wrap yourself up in.  Hopefully this card will be like a warm hug for the family receiving it.  After adding the lace the negative space between the stamps was too bare for my liking so I added a few layers of Frosted Lace Stickles.  The Stickles gave just the right amount of texture to the white space not to mention a subtle shimmer.  I couldn’t have thought of a  more appropriate time to use  “Frosted Lace” Stickles.

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Cherish

I didn’t even realize until after starting this post that the Trigger photo was called “Cherished Squares” and I chose “Cherish” as my sentiment…every thing just keeps falling into place on this one now isn’t it?  I wanted to use at least one square for this design to stay true to the inspirational photo.  I die cut the frame and the lace together which resulted in a soft impression of the lace on the cardstock….what do you know I like it!  There was another sentiment I wanted to use to compliment “Cherish” but it just didn’t jive with the design.  Not to be discouraged I simply put it on the inside which I think was the perfect finishing touch!

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Memories

This is from my absolute FAVORITE sentiment set Hero Arts “Treasure the Moments”.  I love this sentiment for a sympathy card because the focus is on treasured memories and not loss.  After all our memories are what help get us through the loss of a loved one.

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Cherished Memories, Treasured Moments

Totally looks like an afghan from the side doesn’t it?  I miss having Afghans but I can no longer have them around.  I have a bizarre cat who eats Afghans and anything else of the wooly variety….I’ve written and illustrated a children’s book about it but that’s a story for another day :)  Thanks for coming to visit!  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this project.

Amy*

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1 Cath August 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

Hey Amy! Thanks for linking this up to this week’s Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World. I’m so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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