Sunday, July 17, 2016

the hardest card to make

We never run out of ideas and we are so happy when we are creating  birthday, baby or wedding cards. It is much more difficult when we have to sit down and make a sympathy card, especially for someone we care deeply about. 

I never have a stash of sympathy cards, because it is cathartic to sit down and make a special card to help with someone's loss. I will give you a tip though, keep it simple with soft soothing colors.

My older brother's wife's dad just passed. He was well into into his 90's and lived life to the fullest. He was a happy guy with a great smile and laugh.

My card design was based on this sketch at  As you see it, another new challenge site I discovered.

I used the stamp set "turning a new leaf" from PTI. This is an oldie but goodie and is perfect for CAS card.

The saying and die cut is from Simon Says Stamp. I don't usually do anything fancy inside my cards, but it just felt right to carry the branch to the inside also. If you are wondering about the ombre, I don't have enough space to collect the HA ombre inks, but used my Marvy blending blox. Compared with the HA inks, I think they work just as well and I have every color.

Please check out this great sketch challenge at As You See It.


Jan Clothier said...

I agree with you that sympathy cards are the hardest to make. This simple and clean card is both soothing, yet somehow hopeful. I think it's the green that gives the hope. Great use of the ombre inks - really effective. Thank you for joining us at As You See It, even if for a solemn reason. So glad you've discovered us!

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at AYSI, good luck!!! Amy DT

Heather Cooper said...

This is a simple but effective card, Sue. I love the ombre colouring on the leaves. I'm sure the recipient will find their grief eased by the love you've poured in to the making of this card. Thanks for contributing to our gallery at AS You See It Challenges.

LeAnne said...

Beautiful, Sue! I know what you mean about creating a "customized" sympathy gives one a chance to think about and pray for the family and loved one! This is so simple and yet conveys just the right message!

Jane Knudsen said...

A beautiful card for such a difficult reason. They are my least favorite to make. I think with this card you have achieved the level of comfort that is necessary. Thank you for joining us at As You See It.