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