Condolence Cards, Encouragement Cards, Feel Good Cards

Sending Hugs


Happy weekend!

Today I’m sharing a card using the Bouquet Builder 1 stamp set from Waffle Flower and the No Words stamp set from Neat & Tangled.

I started by stamping the largest flower image multiple times onto an A2-sized piece Strathmore Bristol Smoothe using Versafine Black Onyx ink.Β  I let the ink dry thoroughly and then began coloring using Arteza Violet and Pea Green Watercolor Real Brush Pens.Β  I applied the purple to the base of the flowers, flicking outwards, and then I used a Pentel Aquash Water Brush to pull the color out to the edges of the image.Β  I did the same for the leaves and then went back and added more color to intensify the areas where I wanted darker color.Β  Β To finish the card front, I scribbled the Violet pen onto an acrylic block, added a tiny bit of water, and then splattered the mixture onto the background using a small 2 round brush.

I’ve seen other cardmakers use Bristol Smoothe with watercolor brush pens so I thought I’d give it a shot, but next time I’ll use watercolor paper as I found it challenging to get the colors to move.

Using the same black ink, I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.Β  Since Versafine ink has pigment properties that allow it to stay wet longer than dye inks, I was able to sprinkle clear Hero Arts embossing powder onto the sentiment and then hit it with my heat gun to add a bit of dimension and shine.

I trimmed the sentiment using a small die from the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Rectangles die set and did the same to a piece of black Recollections cardstock, using a slightly larger die from the same die set.Β  I adhered the two pieces together using liquid adhesive.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base and then adhered the sentiment, popping it up with foam tape.

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Apology Cards, Condolence Cards

I Am So Very Sorry


I am in love with this Emma background stamp from Simon Says Stamp! It’s beautifully intricate but the way the pattern loosens at the edges is what I think sets this stamp apart from similar backgrounds.

I stamped the background onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock using VersaMark ink. I then poured Hero Arts white embossing powder over it, tapped off the excess, and hit it with a heat gun.

In contrast to the bright colors I used two days ago, I wanted to use some pretty blues and purples. I blended three colors of Distress Oxide inks (Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, and Faded Jeans), radiating out from the center of the pattern. I love that Distress Oxides allow you to quickly apply a rich layer of color. And, they’re so easy to blend!

With the background complete, I moved on to this beautiful sentiment from Neat & Tangled’s No Words stamp set. I trimmed a piece of vellum to be just wider than the card front and then stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Since ink won’t dry on vellum, I poured Hero Arts clear embossing powder over the ink and then heat embossed it. This seals in the ink and gives a bit of a dimension. Another option would have been to use VersaMark ink and black embossing powder, but I find the combination of black ink and clear powder to give more subtle and less shiny dimension. Since this is a condolence or apology card, I didn’t want too much shine.

I finished by laying the vellum strip over the card front and folding the ends of the strip over the back where I adhered them with a bit of tape runner adhesive. Then I glued the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

The next time I use this background for heat embossing, I’ll be sure to use my anti-static pouch to prevent embossing powder from sticking to where it shouldn’t. But in my mind, handmade beats perfection.