Sunday, March 1, 2009

Butterfly Sympathy

I always find it hard to make sympathy cards, I make them CAS usually because for me it is 'sad' stamping. I almost always make mine specifically for the person who has had a loss in their lives and my heart is heavy while I am creating because someone I care about is grieving. 
   I had been waiting for a stamp company to issue a set that expresses the right sentiments for such times, because our only hope in life is through Jesus Christ. He is our rock and our strength, not that we do not grieve when we lose a loved one, but we have ultimate hope in God. 
  Clear Dollar Stamps issued such a set with their last release. My friend Linda, who designs for them, always uses such pretty colors even for her sympathy cards, she likes bold and bright. So this time I departed from my usual palette of purples and blacks and chose soft yet more colorful DSP and colors to match. 
How I did it: This is a shadowbox card. These are a lot of fun to make. Take a standard sheet of cardstock, cut it in half and then one of the halves in half again so you have two pieces of cardstock that measure 5.5" by 4.25", the size of a standard A2 card front. 
  With your cutter, put your cardstock in the cutter so the long side is facing you and score at one-half inch and one inch in from each end.  That makes the folds you see on the side of the card above. This will fold flat for mailing, but pop up for viewing. You write your greetings on the back side. The only part on this card that is glued together are the two end panels that measure 1/2" by 4.25", you glue the top layer to the bottom layer on the very ends. 
  I measure one piece of the same size DSP, 5.5" by 4.25" and laid it over one of the sheets of white cardstock. Then I used the Labels One Spellbinders Nestability die to cut my opening through both sheets at the same time, so the sheets of paper will line up when you glue them together. 
  I stamped the back panel of white with SU's Belle Toile BG stamp in bordering blue, and the piece of white cardstock cut out from the hole in the top layer with bashful blue in Belle Toile, then sponges the edges of the piece with bordering blue. I stamped the CDS sentiment with black stazon, then centered and glued the piece down on the inside layer. 
  In matching green paper (don't have a name, sorry, bought it at Archiver's when I bought the DSP) I punched out the Martha Stewart scalloped edge punch and turned the scallops in to face the card to help frame the focal point, the sentiment. I used a cuttlebug vintage die to cut out four pieces of scalloped corner framing in bordering blue and assembled them to form a 'square' around the opening in the top layer. 
  The butterfly is from SU's Winged Things. I colored it with Ciao copic markers, didn't have an exact match for either the blue or the green, and then overpainted the blue and green parts with twinkling H20s for some sparkle. I attached K&Co. pearls to the corners where the vintage scalloped piece met and overlaid the butterfly on the other corner. Thanks so much for looking.
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Christian Sympathy, Stampin Up Belle Toile and Winged Things
Paper: Papertrey white, K&Co. DSP, green from Archiver's 
Ink: Black Stazon, SU Bordering Blue and Bashful Blue
Other: Twinkling H20s, Copic Ciao markers, Martha Stewart scalloped border punch, Cuttlebug vintage corner die, K&Co. pearls, sponge, aquapainter


Chef Mama said...

This is beautiful Peggysue! I love all the details and the pearl accents. This will bring comfort to a grieving friend.

BethH said...

This is just beautiful! I love detailed....just adorable! So pretty and soothing....just love it.

Saved By Grace said...

This is a beautiful card, Sympathy cards are difficult to make, I'm sure this card will be a comfort to your friend.

laos348 said...

A very pretty card. I find sympathy cards very difficult and agree that the CAS concept with them works well. That sentiment is beautiful and is just perfect.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful job Peggysue. I agree - Sympathy cards are the most difficult to make.

Gina said...

You choose very soothing colors for your card, it is very pretty. I love that sentiment too.

The Mama Monkey said...

I love the color combo for this card. It is very relaxing and earthy in feel to me. I am sure whoever received this will be honored that you took such care in making such a pretty card to honor their loved one.

Stephanie said...

I know what you mean about sympathy cards - definitely tricky. You did a beautiful job with this card!

Kay said...

What a beautiful card. The love you put in to making it just shines through and I know the person who receives it will feel it too and be comforted by it.
Thanks for taking the time to explain how you made it. I will have to try one soon

Diane said...

This is just beautiful! What a striking card this one will be among the others received...for its beauty and its sentiment. Both will touch the heart of your friend.

Thanks for participating on WTW again, and leaving such a stirring comment. Amen, and Amen to every part. Tragedies open us to the power of God, don't they?!

thinker said...

a beautiful work of art, peggysue!

Kim said...

This is gorgeous! I know what you mean about sympathy cards being "sad" stamping. I make them as you do--for the specific person. I am sure this card will be very appreciated. You obviously put a lot of work into it.