Monday, August 8, 2016

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Cards

Yep, that's right, peaches, I've got two sympathy cards for you. You know how I said it was a GOOD thing to not have a need for these cards? Yeah, well, life happens, and while so many of us have felt the bitter sting of losing someone you love, your heart still aches for the loss. It's a feeling that is compounded by having to deal with my own emotions and sadness. For me, it's a struggle because I want to be there for whomever is suffering in any way that I can, but feel so helpless in this endeavor. So, I have found that doing what I can with the gifts that God has given is one way I can serve others in their time of sorrow. Even if it's not much, sometimes having something tangible, like a thoughtful card, can remind them that they are truly surrounded by so much love. And it's as simple as that!

For my cards today, I wanted a soft, watercolor effect. I lightly brushed strokes of ink with my aqua painter with Perfect Plum at the top half and then Melon Mambo for the bottom portion. If you've never tried the aqua painters before, they are so amazing to work with. I even use them for painting with my daughter. The water is filled in the barrel of the pen and you simply squeeze the barrel to release some water. No mess of having a cup of water or anything!

For my second card, I wanted the watercoloring to be restricted to just around my die cut, but didn't want to accidentally paint over the die itself, which by the way, is simply breathtaking. It's from the Flourish thinlits and is, in my opinion, a ctafter's must have! But anyway, to keep the watercolor where I wanted it, I took the negative piece from where I cut the die cut from, placed it where I planned to have my die cut, and traced lightly with my pencil, so that I would have a general area to work with. The just erase the pencil marks and adhere the die to that space once dry.

For the sentiment on each, I just stamped it in Versark embossing ink, which is a slow drying ink, great for adding embossing powder and heat embossing . Lastly I heat embossed with Whisper White emboss powder, and added a few sequins. So fun and very simple. As always the supplies used to make these cards are listed below. Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave me a comment if you like what you see! I greatly appreciate your kind feedback!

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