Friday, 19 May 2017

Sympathy card for a friend

One of my friends from our old school reunions recently suffered the sad loss of her husband. We weren't at boarding school together, her prison term was a few years before mine,  but we became friends whilst working on the School Association Committee a few years ago. As her husband had been a farmer, I wanted something 'depicting nature' for the card I made to send to her. And this is what I came up with:
I used:

- 4" x 6" (ie. A6) white card blank

- then created a butterfly stencil using the Memory Box 'Darla Butterfly' die and a snippet of card stock

- fixed the die cut stencil to the card blank with low-tack tape and, using a sponge, added some Adirondack inking with 'Cloudy Blue' and 'Peach Bellini'. The colours are deeper in real life (thanks camera!), although still quite subtle

- left the stencil in place and, using the Misti, stamped the little birds/branches using a stamp from the Stampin' Up 'Serene Silhouettes' set and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- finally removed the stencil and added the sentiment using a Penny Black 'Special Thoughts' stamp and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

Quite an easy one layer card to make, once I came across the idea for the design on Pinterest. This is the blog post I eventually traced it back to - loads of good ideas to be had there and on the rest of Shel's blog, especially for those of you who are Stampin' Up enthusiasts!






33 comments:

Mrs A. said...

A very cleverly thought out card my friend. Beautiful subtle colours. Hugs Mrs A.

Sharon said...

Lovely thoughtful card xx

Glennis said...

I love this idea, Di, I will put it on my list of things to do,once I get home from holidays

Lindsey said...

Really lovely card & just right for the occasion - elegant and not fussy x

Maria Illsley said...

A lovely card for a sad occasion xx

Jane Willis said...

What a lovely card, so calm and elegant, a perfect sympathy card. I've tried that technique but not had much success - I think I used too thick card for the mask, as the stamping didn't go right to the edge.
I thought I'd just take a glance at Shel's blog before I commented - now I have scroller's cramp and a cold cup of tea.....
Jane

SARN said...

Cor, that's gorgeous Di. It's just right. Xxx

Jane said...

This is stunning Di...perfect for your dear friend. Such difficult cards to make xxx

LesleyG said...

What a lovely card for a sad situation xxx

KandA said...

Beautiful card and a perfect design for such a sad occasion xx

Di said...

For once I thought ahead Jane and used quite thin card for the template! Also used the Misti to get a good impression with more than one inking.

Hugs

Di xx

Fiki said...

very beautiful card!

Sandra H said...

So thoughtful you are Di and this card is so fitting too! sending lots of love x

Pat said...

This is beautiful Di and sad that you have also had to make a sympathy card though it couldn't be any better than this. The little scene with the birds on the branches stamped within is just perfect and a lovely sentiment too. x

Carole said...

Beautiful card Di and very appropriate too! xx

Cara said...

Just beautiful, I'm sure it will bring a lot of comfort to your friend. Cara x

Lia said...

Today I also had to make a 'sympathy' card and it looks very different from yours, which I like very much!
Lia xx

Kathyk said...

Perfect card for the occasion, though I'm sorry you had to make one at all, it should be well received

Kathyk

Heidi Stamps said...

Beautiful and very appropriate for sympathy. So sorry for your friend.

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow! Great use of the butterfly die for making your adorable stenciled scene!! Great technique, very useful, thanks for sharing!
So sorry for your friend's loss :(

Carol L said...

That's the smartest use of that butterfly die yet, and I love this heartfelt sympathy card you made! So sorry for your friend's loss.

Aquarius said...

A lovely design idea for a sympathy card

Liz said...

A perfect sympathy card, Di. I love the scene within the butterfly shape, a very clever design. xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
a perfect card for the sad occasion.
Clever idea the scene in the butterfly shape.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Kathleen said...

Great come upping, love the delicate image with lovely black stamping, quite a novel idea for a sympathy card and it works so well.

Kath x

Loll said...

A beautiful card, Di. I'm sure this will be very special to your friend. xx

Janice said...

Beautiful CAS sympathy card Di. Great idea to create the pretty scene using the negative of the butterfly.
Janice x

Jean said...

I love this technique of stamping through a stencil. your card is beautiful.
Jean x

Christine Alexander said...

Sympathy cards are always so hard to make, I'm sure this one will be treasured for it's sentiment and beauty. I love the technique, 3M or eclips masking tape/paper is perfect for this technique.

Claire-Louise Garland said...

Sympathy cards are really not nice to make but this one is so serene, its a very special card x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card, Di. I'm sure it brought comfort.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Linby said...

This is just beautiful Di. A hard card to make but I am sure it was appreciated.

Darnell said...

I'm very sorry to hear the news of your friend, Di. Your card is clean and simple and just perfection with its nature theme. It will bring her much comfort. Hugs, Darnell