Making sympathy cards is so hard for me. I really try for very simple and clean.
Sandy Allnock made it (relatively) easy for me. She had a post earlier this week called Painting Perfect Trees. She’s an amazing talent. I didn’t have the stamp sets she used, so I used the beautiful Stampin’ Up Sheltering Tree set. The background strip is made from a water color panel with masking tape to create the center strip and very light sponging of two distress inks. For the trees, I used three colors of distress ink, sprayed VERY lightly with water and stamped over my center strip, then took my water pen and just “dabbed.” This was pretty much my first attempt and I think it came out beautifully. I think this technique is lovely for a very simple sympathy card.
Like I said, I have a million backgrounds made and sitting. Literally. Just sitting. And I look at them and I love them. Now, I’ll make an attempt to actually make cards out of them. The darn Wishing You didn’t photograph well and I didn’t realize it. It’s my favorite too.
Let’s be clear. I attend the Online Card Classes because they’re there. Period. I went into the Background Check class with no heavy expectations. I’m an idiot. In this particular class, I’m not sure I can even say which instructor’s cards I liked more. The backgrounds? Yeah, making a background (for the most part) is easy. Then: WHAT DO I DO WITH IT? THAT is what this class showed me. Laura Bassen — holy moley. I tried to replicate one of her methods here. I’m not thrilled with the card. I’ve put it together 15 different ways. This is the end game. I’m still not sure I like it. It’s a sorry you’re under the weather card. I just couldn’t make the front LOOK RIGHT with clouds or an umbrella …. I just don’t know. That’s why I’m not teaching this class, right?
This is a Papertrey Cover a Card Die. And I love it. I love everything weather-related. I’m now madly in love with Press’N’Seal – thank you Jennifer’s husband for inventing it. I popped each one up and then Copic colored them with B000, B01 and B02 after they were popped onto the card front.
- Under the Weather
Yeah, I know. Work is frustrating for everyone. But when your boss is out of town and people then go – oh, we need to now go ask Kim this – and this – and this – and this, the frustration gets worse. And since I’m always one to go – hey – there’s a card in this ….. I decided to go totally insane and incorporate several many different sets together to come up with this “I’m Grumpy When You’re Not Here” card for my boss.
I knew I wanted THAT phrase from last month’s My Favorite Things release. I didn’t want to use the dogs or cats that came with. Then I remembered the lovely Lili of the Valley It’s My Party girl. I took away her present and made he kick some rain water that came down from the gray clouds over her head. I made the puddles with a stencil I created from my Memory Box Splashing Puddles die. Then I putty glossy accents over all the rain.
And then the e-mail came in for Work It Wednesday at Simon Says Stamp! AMAZINGLY, this week is Sunny Days and incorporate something yellow. I think I got this! My husband tells me all the time “don’t make cards for men,” but I couldn’t help myself. It’s therapy and I think it’ll make my boss smile with the wonderful “I’m Grumpy” saying inside.
Have a wonderful week, everyone! Keep smiling. Even in the rain.
As I said in my last post, this one is Stretch Your Dies. There has been some fun stuff in here, let me just say. And even though class is (sadly) over, you can still take this – or any – of the Online Card Classes! I’ve taken several and all of them have been worth every penny.
On my Happy card, I used lovely glossy accents idea from Jennifer McGuire on the MFT Die-Namics HAPPY die. The background is made with the MFT Floral Fusion Cover Up Die. I stretched this die by cutting it twice and swapping the papers. I made the background paper with some Tim Holtz distress colors and cut it once from that and once from white and then swapped the pieces to create two separate backgrounds with no waste. I use micropore tape (sticky side up) under the base and it’s a real breeze to just pick up the pieces with the sticky tool and move the pieces back and forth. Micropore tape is acid free, very very thin and just sticky enough so that you can reposition something if you need to. Not to mention it’s alot cheaper than washi tape – AND is handy if you need to put gauze on a cut!
I now have another Flower Fusion base where the background is colored and the flowers themselves are white.
Well, this Jennifer McGuire/Kristina Werner online card class was Stretch Your Stamps. They and the guest teachers did a darn good job of dropping my jaw every day. I love the classes and I’m amazed at the beautiful, creative work the people who take the classes come up with for “homework.”
I was laying in bed last night thinking about my day. I ate too much. I didn’t exercise. I didn’t get enough accomplished and I’ve been meaning to send my girlfriend a card. Typically our conversations, when we talk, are pretty similar. How are you? Fat. I’m a cow, pig, horse. I need Omar the Tentmaker to make me a new dress. All of the “self-image” stuff aside, sometimes you’re so busy and all you want to do is eat feel good food. And the days bleed into each other and before you know it, you’ve gained 5 pounds. Cow. Pig. Horse.
So I’m not sure how much I stretched my STAMPS, but I stretched my IMAGINATION. And for me, that’s huge. Laying in bed last night, I thought … I have all of those. I can make that card. I have a Gina K set that has FATHER. I masked off the HER, used a bunch of tiny itty bitty letters from Close to My Heart and a couple big sets from My Favorite Things. I giggled when I finished. it.
Thanks, ladies, for helping me stretch my stamps and my imagination.
I have a whole new appreciation for “bloggers” … it seems to me that you must give up other things in your life to be able to “blog” or it must be your actual job. Because when you have a job where you work 50 to 60 hours a week and you have a family, pets included, AND a hobby, it’s hard enough to come up with time to do the things you’re supposed to do every day – cook, clean, laundry, grocery shopping, moisturizer, flossing AND a little romantic time with the very patient other half of the relationship – let alone time to post things to a blog about all of the things you’ve been doing. Hats off to all those who keep a blog going every day with actually interesting stuff.
I recently purchased some wonderful wonderful stamps from CC Designs. I love Amy Rysary, I found her thru My Favorite Things where she’s a Design Team Member. I found out very recently (yes, I live under a rock) that she designs stamps for CC Design. And they are awesome stamps. She also has a Stamping Bella Challenge on her blog this week and I loved the sketch. I’ve just started considering Christmas Cards – yes, it’s July. See note above about busy. If I wait, it’l be October, then – well – I’m sunk. I combined the Bella Sketch with a technique I saw on a blog posting from Kristina Werner this week and made two different cards. I’m pretty pleased with both of them.
I used circles from three different stamp sets … SSS Lots of Dots, SSS Love This and My Favorite Things Bokeh Builder. Then the beautiful Celebrate from Amy R.
Color Your Birthday with Love
I’ve only recently begun CONSIDERING that I could “think up” an original card. This card is CASE’d from several different places. Does that mean it’s original? No. It does mean I’ve had some very very wonderful inspiration lately and I’m willing to use a very bad photograph and try to enter it in a contest. My first. Yes, I’m nervous. But hey – what the heck, right? I love how the card came out. The photo doesn’t do it justice. Sparkle & Sprinkle makes the most wonderful black glitter called Black Suede. The inside of the card is all My Favorite Things. Sentiment from Fancy Flourishes. Image is PI You Color My World.
Okay, I couldn’t help myself. Dark or Light?