Orchid Sympathy Card

It’s always a challenge to create a sympathy card that conveys your compassionate feelings in a sad situation. I designed this sympathy card recently for my aunt who lost her husband.

An orchid sympathy card in grey.

An orchid sympathy card in grey.

Once again I turned to Stampendous’ Orchid Greetings stamp set. The fine line-art stamps of orchids and sentiments provide an elegant impression that is perfect for these types of cards.

I created a top-folding card base using grey heavy-weight cardstock from Bazill Card Shoppe. I adhered with foam tape a watercolor panel featuring one of the orchid designs which had been embossed in a greyish white. I watercolored the image with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a waterbrush in a variety of subdued shades.

Rather than using black ink for the sentiment, I chose a grey ink from Memento called London Fog. I scattered three grey enamel dots and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper to finish it off.

I hope this gives you an idea for your sympathy cards. Thank you for looking!



Melle Papillon Wishing You Lots of Happy Card

Here’s a sweet card for a girl or teen. Actually I made this one for my grown sister, as this image reminds me of her when she was little girl.

A sweet little girl card.

A sweet little girl card.

I just love this wood stamp from Penny Black, Melle Papillon. The little girl seems to capture the innocence of childhood, and the tiny butterflies add a touch of whimsy.

I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx onto a piece of watercolor paper. Using a water brush and Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I colored the image in a variety of shades, using more or less water as needed. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I also used Glossy Accents over the butterflies to make them shiny.

Then I used my Spellbinders scalloped edge label die to cut the image out. Later on I decided to make the background blue, so I placed the die frame back around the image, and sponged two colors of Distress Ink in Broken China and Peacock Feathers around the edges. When you remove the die, it leaves a nice white border.

So that the sentiment wouldn’t distract from the pretty little girl, I created it on vellum paper, using Versamark embossing ink and white detail embossing powder. I added a pink sequin for a pop of color. The sentiment, Wishing You Lots of Happy, is from a Simon Says Stamp set.

To play off the colors in the image, I layered a piece of pink card stock (with rounded edges) and adhered that to a card base in yellow from Bazzill.

My sister said she loved it. What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

Thank You for Your Friendship Embossed Card

Here’s a card inspired by yet another ShopKick graphic. It’s still not exactly what I was hoping to achieve, but I think it works:

I had to experiment with my new Anna Griffin embossing folder.

I had to experiment with my new Anna Griffin embossing folder.

I had just bought this lovely Cuttlebug embossing folder by Anna Griffin, called Foulard. I ran it through my Big Shot twice using two pastel cardstock papers in a muted pink and teal. I cut these embossed images into quarters, making sure to slice exactly through the center lines of the pattern. Then I used my Tim Holtz sanding block to gently scrape away the top layer to better reveal the embossed design in the white core.

Next I took a white card base sized 5″ x 6.5″ and lightly penciled in grid marks against my ruler so I could line everything up evenly. I alternated the pink and teal panels (2″ x 2.75″) to form the same embossed design on the card. I left a small horizontal space between the two rows to stamp my sentiment, which came from the Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set. I adhered the panels using 1/8″ inch foam adhesive squares to give them a little depth (and to account for the unevenness of the embossed design).

I rounded the corners using my Corner Chomper and tied a white hemp cord at the top for the finishing touch.

I will continue working with this concept of using embossed panels pieced together to form different designs. I like the idea of animal prints, but I haven’t been able to make the look come together yet.

Please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Cat-itude Card

I decided to keep this card simple to highlight my new “Cattus Librum” stamp from Stampendous. Don’t you just love the cat looking down the glasses on his nose?


Yes, as a cat lover, I am biased. I just couldn’t resist buying this stamp when I saw it. I stamped the image in Versafine black onyx ink on white card stock.

Then I adhered it to a panel of black and grey patterned paper from DCWV’s 6 x 6 Bohemian stack. The black and white layer beneath it is from the same paper pad. I cut it a little narrow on the edges so just a little of the white card stock underneath would show on the sides.

The Cat-itude sentiment is from Impression Obsession, which I stamped on a white banner die-cut from Simon Says Stamp. That’s popped up using dimensional tape.

I was tempted to add a black rhinestone or two, but ultimately decided I wanted to keep the focus on the studious kitty with the “cat-itude.”

What do you think? Thanks for looking!