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Bird and cage images from Canary set by Kodomo, Inc.; Flourish from Flourishes Set by Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves; "With Sympathy" from Paper Tray Set by Paper Trey Ink; Patterned Paper from the Blush Collection by Basic Grey; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue, Blush Rose, Warm Red; Memories Black Ink by Stewart Superior; Clear Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards USA; Marvy Uchida 1 1/2" Circle Punch, Marvy Mega Scallop Circle Punch; Piercing Tool; Silk Seam Binding Ribbon by 7 Gypsies

Sympathy cards are never easy to design . . . but, a very dear friend of mine recently suffered a loss, and I wanted to send comforting thoughts to her . . . her love of gardening and nature influenced the images and papers I decided to work with.

I’m not very good with patterned paper, and am trying to get better . . . it prolly has to do with me just hating the idea of covering up beautiful paper–especially paper as lovely as this.  I love the sweet little blossoms and vines and, oh, my!  the colors . . .

The layout is pretty simplistic–in this case, I had to be very careful or the overall design became so intricate that the focal image got "swalloped up", for lack of a better term . . . using pale tones of chalk,  after stamping the sentiment, seemed to enhance that area,  rather than detract from it, so I’m glad I experimented with it.  I stamped the little blossoms using 2nd generation ink (ink stamp, stamp off once onto scratch paper, and then stamp onto the project with the remaining ink still left on the image), so they wouldn’t be quite so intense.  The centers seemed to beg for a little something, hence the tiny clear crystal stickers.

I suppose this sympathy card is kinda’ on the "unusual" side, but, I hope it lets her know I am carrying her in my heart through this time.

  1. And it arrived in my mail box just today. Thank you so much for sending your loving thoughts and hugs my way once again my dear friend. The card is simply darling and quite cheerful. Something I can truly use right now.
    Thanks so much for the phone call and well wishes my friend.

    Hugs always,

  2. What a Phenom card Julie.. I LOVE IT!! And really it can be used for any purpose.. just change the sentiment. My condolences go out to your friend.


  3. What a beautiful card. The best sympathy card I have seen yet!

  4. Julie-

    This card is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome (breathtaking). What a beautiful sympathey card. You are so good as designing cards. Your long lost buddy “woodey” Miss ewe!! I just love everything about it. I want one! take care now.

  5. So pretty! Love the paper and the bird! It’s just beautiful!

  6. Julie: This card is gorgeous. I really love the bird…I have a thing for birds – not in real life, though. Go figure. Anyway, cute card!

  7. So soft, beautiful & comforting, Julie.

  8. I love this card. Curious as to what little blossom stamps you used?

  9. Julie – Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card. I have the “whole kit and kaboodle” of the Blush Collection papers – I couldn’t resist. They are so gorgeous. I know what you mean about using them – sometimes it’s hard to cut them as well as cover them up!

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