When I discovered this week's challenge at Sunny Challenges & Creations, I was inspired to make a sympathy card. I always find it hard to get motivated to make sympathy cards, but sadly, they are always needed and my supply has run quite low lately. For this challenge, we were to make a sympathy card using this sketch:
I also incorporated the current Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It Challenge, which required us to use embossing on a card. Here is my card:
I embossed a panel of Night of Navy card stock with a Texturz Plate in my Big Shot. I inked the lower section of the panel with layers of Memento Tuxedo Black and Faded Jeans Distress inks, which created a subtly different shade for the lower half of the card. I applied the ink one layer at a time, stopping between each layer to remove the excess ink by rubbing with a soft cloth (be sure to use an old cloth if you try this, as the ink will stain it). Once I had the shade I wanted, I set it aside for a moment to dry. I inked my sentiment stamp with layers of Night of Navy Classic and Faded Jeans Distress inks, then stamped it on a die cut label of white card stock. I wrapped a piece of white grosgrain ribbon around the large panel, adhered the tag over the ribbon, and attached the entire panel to a white card base.
While I will usually stamp "With Sympathy" or a similar sentiment on the front of the card and save the message stamp for the inside, I decided to do the reverse for this card. I think the quote works well on the front for this one.
Thanks for visiting!
Stamp: Close As A Memory (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Whisper White and Night of Navy card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Night of Navy Classic Ink (Stampin' Up!)
Tools: Big Shot (Sizzix); Texturz Plate (Stampin' Up!); Nestabilities Labels Eighteen (Spellbinders)
Accessories: White 1/4" Grosgain Ribbon (Stampin' Up!)