Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Comfort and Peace

I found myself in need of a couple of sympathy cards last week, so I did something I don't do very often and made the two cards using the same materials, at the same time. I started out selecting the stamps I wanted to use - Gina K.'s Comfort and Peace set.

For both cards, I used Cosmo Cricket Gretel Butterflies patterned paper and butterflies that were cut using a Martha Stewart punch. I selected different embellishments for each card, as well as making them different sizes. The first card is 5 1/2" square, and the second card is a standard A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/5") card.

On the first card, I stamped the images using three colors of Ranger Adirondack dye inks (Rust, Latte, Espresso) and cut the image and a mat for it using my Labels One Nestabilities. The sentiment and its mat were cut using my Long Rectangles Nestabilities. I added some crocheted lace from my stash and some velvet Cosmo Cricket ribbon to the bottom, with a couple of pewter leaf brads inserted through the two layers of ribbon.

For the second card, I made my base using Papertrey Ink Kraft card stock and added a layer of Eames Painting Canvas Brown Umber card stock, which has a nice texture to it. For this one I just stamped a single flower image with Adirondack Rust ink and airbrushed the background with a Copic marker while it was still in the die.

At the bottom of the card, I added a layer of plain twill with another layer of velvet flower ribbon on top. The sentiment was also stamped with the rust ink and airbrushed and was adhered, with its mat, on top of the two layers of ribbon.

I added a few dew drops in the upper right corner and called it done. Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but hopefully they provide some 'comfort and peace' to the recipient.

Hope you're having a good week! Mine's been busy so far.

Thanks for stopping by!


Janine said...

These are both nicely done Robin... Hope all is well with you!!

Jenny Gropp said...

Robin-- both of these cards are fantastic.

The Rubber Maid said...

Hi Robin, love your cards but I prefer the one side fold one the best. Lovely colors used and who doesn't love butterflies. Happy Heart Day. Pat

chelemom said...

Both are beautiful!!!

Janet said...

Robin - these are beautiful. Wonderful colors.