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