Paper Players challenge this week was to make a sympathy card.
I find sympathy cards very difficult to make, especially when I need one. It's going to be quite helpful to have a card on hand that I can simply pull out and write a message in and address, rather than struggling to create a card in the midst of my sadness for my friend.
I knew I wanted to create something soft and subtle so I began pulling out my sets that had leaves, trees and flowers. I loved the negative space in this leaf and knew it would be lovely heat embossed in gold.
My next challenge was finding a color to work with the gold that wouldn't be jarring or too bright. I tried a couple of neutral colors, but found I needed the darker contrast of the Always Artichoke to compliment the gold.
I also knew I wanted quite a bit of white space, but wanted it textured. I pulled out a Cuttlebug embossing folder that mirrored the organic quality of the leaf and it worked. :o)
Finally, I stamped the sentiment from "Thoughts and Prayers" on a piece of vellum and adhered it using two glue dots.
I have found this is a fall-to layout for me of late--I seem stuck in a rut. Oops!
I sincerely hope I don't have any cause to use this card anytime soon, but it's comforting to know I'll have it on hand if I do need it.
This card uses:
*Stamp Sets: "Autumn" (retired), "Thoughts and Prayers"
*Papers: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Vellum
*Inks: VersaMark Dazzle Champagne, Always Artichoke
*Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder