So today I am continuing my quest to fill my Happy Times purse (tutorial on my May 1st blog story) with cards so I can give it to my daughter in law as a gift. I for one realize as much as we hate to think about it one card we always need and often at the last minute is a sympathy card. I think it is very important to have a supply of them on hand. So today’s card is going to be a simple and classic sympathy card.
I started with a pre-made white base card that is an A-2 (4 ¼ x 5 ½”). I added the first layer which is 4 x 5 ¼” and is from the Happy Times paper packet. It is a tone on tone of yellows with diagonal stripes which I thought this was a nice complement to the floral paper cut to 3 ¾ x 5” which was the next layer.
I broke out my Close to my Heart Cricut Artistry cartridge and cut an oval that was 4” at its highest point from honey cardstock. I also cut an oval that was 3 ½” at its highest point from white daisy cardstock (these ovals are on most if not all of the CTMH cartridges).
I stamped the flower and sentiment from the Take Heart stamp set (this one is a very nice set for sympathy cards as it has some beautiful sentiments for the inside of the card as well. I am going to stamp “Praying for you in your time of need” on the inside of the card) using memento ink. As I have said before I just like the crisp lines I get from the memento ink plus it works great with my ShinHan markers.
Now comes the part I do really enjoy. I got to color, which is always a treat for me. I used just three colors of markers here along with my colorless blender and got great results. I also added (impossible to capture with a camera) a little Wink of Stella (clear) to add some shine, this is not a Close to my Heart product just something I always keep in my craftroom. I think it is called that because it gives you just the tiniest wink of shimmer, which is perfect for a card like this one.
After I was finished I realized I could have done better with this card. For example when I make the next one I will add some ink around the edges of the floral paper just to give it a little of that distressed look. I would also use 3-D foam tape to pop up the oval as that would add some dimension. Oh well, like most people I have 20/20 vision in hind sight. LOL!!!
I hope you like this card. Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!!
As always the supplies I used are listed below and available for purchase on my OBA at www.craftwithronnie.ctmh.com or by clicking the shop button at the top of this blog.
Paper: Happy Times (CC1063), honey (X5668) and white daisy (1385)
Stamp: Take Heart (C1639)
Ink: Memento (Z899)
ShinHan Markers: Golden Yellow (Z2452), Marigold (Z2457), Leaf Green (Z2454) and the Colorless Blender Marker (Z2469)
Misc.: White value pack of cards and envelopes (X254)