Sunday Share ~ In Memory of Andy

When it comes to making sympathy cards I usually do them on an as-needed basis.  It can be nice to have a few on hand that I can send when it is too difficult to make them, but as I rule I make them for the family as they are grieving the loss of their loved one.  It gives me time to process the grief.   If I did not know the person, then I spend that time praying for the people they left behind.  If I did know the person I also think about them and what they meant to me.  I remember the good moments and try to smile at the funny ones.  Grief is a difficult thing to deal with and we all go through it in different ways.  Making cards is one thing I do to help me through that process.  Unfortunately I have been making cards this week for my friend, my son's friend & his brother who lost their husband/dad early this week.

CTS 154

Even though making these cards is part of the process, I always head to the stamp room and stare at my table not knowing where to start.  Thankfully I had seen the Facebook post from CAS(E) this sketch and thought it was a perfect sketch for my needs.

The background was sponged with distress inks and then stamped with a scripty stamp.  I tried to match the colors, but wasn't concerned if they overlapped.   The mat behind my sponged piece was colored with the direct to paper technique.  It gave it a darker shade than sponging does so that the piece has a noticeable frame.  The stamp I used has been retired, but any script stamp, like Defining Words from Wplus9, will work

Next I stamped the sentiment and heat set it to avoid smearing.  This also helps the sentiment to stand out from the background sponging.  My last step was to add the vellum die cut to represent the butterflies in the sketch and some enamel dots.  I had planned on using butterflies when I started, but the vine called to me.

Stamps: French Foliage (Stampin' Up!) Forever In Our Hearts (Verve)
Ink: Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet (Distress) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories: Geneva Vine (Memory Box) Now & Then Enamel Dots (MME) Blueprints 20, Blueprints 24 (My Favorite Things)


JoAnn said...

Beautiful sympathy card. Love the pretty colors and design.
I find it difficult to make sympathy cards also. I enjoyed reading your post. TFS

Anonymous said...

What a lovely sympathy card. I'm so sorry you needed to make it.

Hannelie said...

Not only beautiful, but impeccably executed !
Thanks for joining us at Case this sketch!

Leigh Penner said...

This is gorgeous! I love your inked background! Wonderful take on the sketch!

Michelle said...

So beautiful! I'm sure your card was appreciated deeply. Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch.