Friday, January 15, 2016

With Sympathy

1/20/2016 Update: This sympathy card won Top Three at the AHSC #142!

LeRoy, one of my husband's Poker Club friends passed away two days ago, so my husband asked me to make a sympathy card for the family. I used the sketch provided by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #142.

An embossing folder was sponged with two inks and run through the Big Shot to color and texturize a Crumb Cake panel. A tag was die cut and backed to match the tag on the sketch.
The sentiment was die cut from cardstock backed with Sookwang Be Creative tape and adhered to the panel. (I love this no-mess method to place adhesive on the back of a die cut image.)
A strip of cardstock was adhered across the bottom of the card front. Leaves were stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock, fussy-cut and adhered in a round cluster to match the sketch.
The entire panel was backed with craft foam and popped up on the card base.
The inside was lined with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped with leaves in two corners. A verse of sympathy was also stamped on the inside.

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Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, fussy cutting, embossing folder stamping
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated:
Stamps: "Vintage Leaves" and "Thoughts and Prayers" (inside)
Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Not Quite Navy (retired)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy (retired)
Dies: Lil' Inker Designs "Dotted Tags" and "With Sympathy" words
Misc.: Woodland TIEF, craft foam, Sookwang Be Creative tape


  1. Your embossed background is perfect- a great detailed sympathy card without being too fussy or over the top. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC.

  2. Mel! So beautiful! I feel like I need that embossing for playing along at Atlantic hearts this week!

    1. Feel free to stop by anytime if you would like to use or borrow dies or folders.

  3. Beautiful card Melanie! I love your sponged and embossed background and the die cut sentiment is just perfect.

  4. Lisa may be stopping over to your store as well...she's getting into more dies. Beautiful card Mel and well designed sympathy card using the Atlantic Hearts Sketch, perfect.

  5. An absolutely perfect card for sending sympathy to a family. They will be touched by your work, and that you took the time. Your work is lovely-- adore those birch trees in the background. It all just fits together so well! TYFS. So sorry for the loss of your husband's friend, BTW.

  6. I love the birch trees, so creative and original looking.I also love the embellishment made from leafs, so creative. Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  7. I love the trees in the background of your card! Just beautiful!

  8. The background of your card is beautiful. I really like the use of your leaves as well. Thanks for playing at AHSC.

  9. Love the embossed background! It is a lovely sympathy card! It is perfect for a man to give too! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda N
    DT member AHSC