Another Simple Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, when a friend asks for a card from me, it’s quite often been a sympathy card.  I’m pretty sure that I’ve made more sympathy cards in the last year than I ever have in the last 10.  I’ve said before that sympathy cards have always been hard for me to make.  It’s such a personal and emotional thing, that I feel pressure to make it just perfect.  This one came together fairly easily, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

My Empty Nest Creations Sympathy Card using Concord & 9ths Lily stamp set

I started by stamping the lily from Concord & 9th’s Lily stamp set twice on a piece of purple card stock with Versamark ink, and heat embossing it with Recollections Snow embossing powder.  Using my white Prismacolor colored pencil, I colored in the petals.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Brushstroke Expressions stamp set.  I black heat embossed it onto a strip of velum and adhered it onto the purple card front.

To brighten the card a bit, I used a piece of patterned paper from My Favorite Things Black & White paper pad as the backing.  Because I’m kind of hooked on dimension, I used foam tape to attach the purple card front to the card base, and as usual, I added a few black Nuvo drops.

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Trying Out My Colored Pencils

I was one of the lucky ones to get the complete Primacolor Pencil Set for Christmas.  It was such an incredible deal on Amazon, that I couldn’t (or should I say my husband) couldn’t pass it up 🙂

I’ve been putting off coloring with pencils for a long time now because frankly,  it looks kind of daunting.  I have to admit that I’m a little “type A” in that I struggle with something that doesn’t give complete coverage (I love my Copics).  I’m working on it, but it’s a slow process.  I decided to be brave and give my shiny new pencils a try.

I thought it would be best to ease into it a little bit, so I chose a pretty small image to color.  It’s an adorable image called Bunny Love from From the Heart Stamps.  You really should check out Faith’s site.  She truly does incredible work.

1_14_17-valentine-bunny-img_0796I just used a few colors for the bunny and the heart.  I have to admit that blending and shadowing with colored pencils is really going to take some practice, but I think I’m up for the challenge.  The greeting is also from the Bunny Love digital set.

Since the card base is kraft, and the bunny is a little muted, I knew that I needed to brighten it up a bit.  I added a strip of patterned paper (sorry I don’t know the manufacturer because it’s at least 10 years old!).  To balance the black greeting, I adhered a small strip of black to the left side, too.  Since I just got some Nuvo Crystal Drops in red berry, I thought a few dots would finish it off.

I almost forgot…because I wasn’t incredibly careful about coloring over the bunny lines, I outlined him with my Copic black liner.

I hope you like it!