Unfortunately, it's inevitable that we're going to need a sympathy card at some point. Since many of these moments come unexpectedly, I like to have a stash of them made up. One of the biggest problems I've had with sympathy cards is finding sentiments that don't sound cheesy or overly gushy. Well, my problem was solved when I purchased Papertrey Ink's "With Sympathy" stamp set. It has six lovely sayings to choose from along with other images.
This particular sympathy card is an entry in two blog land challenges: Simon Says Stamp "Show Some Buttons" and Papertrey Ink's "Make It Monday #12: Line Frame 101"
- I had purchased some pearl floral stamen a while back and hadn't used them for anything yet (yeah, well actually that's true of 80% of this squirrel's stash!). I re-discovered them when digging for flowers and wanted to work them into my challenge card somehow. Then it occurred to me to make the button the flower's center and have the stamen "grow" out of the buttonholes! I love the effect...and you can adjust the length of your stamen. The bonus is they will crush down rather easily for mailing and bounce back for the recipient.
- So I had my flower center, but it was too white for the rest of my design. Alcohol ink to the rescue! Oregano alcohol ink was just the ticket to make these buttons and stamen the right color (and my fingers the wrong color...Alcohol Blending Solution and soap to the rescue!).
- The other lovely details are the PTI leaf ribbon "branch" that the bird is poised on and Glossy Accents on said bird (which is also layered using cardboard and foam tape...I know, I know, I'm on a layering kick lately!)
- The required elements are one PTI product (I feature four), the hand drawn line frame, and the buttons.
Paper: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’ card stock; scrap pattern paper
Stamps: PTI ‘With Sympathy'; Chatter Box ‘Fabulous’
Inks: StazOn ‘Timber Brown’; Distress Inks ‘Vintage Photo’, ‘Tattered Rose’, ‘Crushed Olive’, ‘Wild Honey’, ‘Barn Door’; Alcohol Ink ‘Oregano’; Alcohol Blending Solution; Le Pen ‘Brown’
Embellishments: PTI Leaf Ribbon; PTI Rustic Button Twine ‘Cream’; Darice Paper Petals; pearl stamen; mother-of-pearl buttons; Glossy Accents
Tools: Tim Holtz Paper Distresser; ruler
Misc: adhesive; foam tape, cardboard, glue dots
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