I made this card using this sketch from the Clean & Simple Stamping Blog. I wanted to do something bold and dramatic so chose to use the red/black combo on a kraft background. I didn't start out intending to do a sympathy card, but unfortunately found out while I was making it that a good friend's mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Do you ever worry about sending a handmade sympathy card? I know not everyone has an appreciation for handmade art and I would hate for anyone to actually be offended for receiving one. I am sure this friend won't feel that way, but this question has gone through my mind before... what do you think?
Anyway, I guess my go-to set is Inspired by Nature lately so it came to mind right away for this sketch. The flowers are stamped on the kraft cardstock with Black Staz-On then restamped on the vanilla after reinking with markers Real Red, Mellow Moss and Basic Black. The grass is stamped on the kraft cardstock in versamark so it is very subtle.
I wanted to try a trick I saw somewhere recently to make a scalloped oval without a fancy tool of any kind. Since I don't have a fancy cutter to make that I gave it a whirl here. I cut a thin strip of black cardstock- probably 1"- then punched it with my scallop border punch, then ran it through the crimper. I did end up trimming the final piece to about 1/2 an inch or less. Next, I added adhesive all around the outer edge of the oval piece and slowly bent and stuck, bent and stuck until it wrapped around the entire thing. This strip of black paper was 11" long and just fit! It isn't perfect and there are some creases and tucks, but I like the end result.
Well, that's about all I can tell you I suppose. Thanks for stopping by! Hug your loved ones today!
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Warmest Regards (retired)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Real Red, Mellow Moss
Accessories: crimper, scallop border punch, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon