Monday, September 10, 2007

Sympathy in Blue

Friday the Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS was to make a sympathy card. But, being that it is a limited supplies challenge, there were a few rules: the main image is a flower, one background stamp, one sentiment stamp, NO Cuttlebug or designer paper (gasp!), and fewer embellishments that we would usually have. Jen70, the LSC hostess, also had a Saturday Challenge on her blog to use Bashful Blue. So, I decided to combine the two challenges!


For this card, I used Bashful Blue as the card base. The background stamp is En Francais, stamped in Old Olive ink. I sponged the ink onto the stamp instead of inking it on the pad -- it gave it a lighter, more uneven background. I also used Old Olive to sponge around the edges of the card base. The horizontal panel is Old Olive, and the image is stamped on Whisper White and matted on Old Olive and Chocolate Chip. For the main image, I used Old Olive, Bashful Blue, and Chocolate Chip markers on the stamp ("Blush", by Penny Black). I misted the stamp with water before stamping. I sponged around the panel with Bashful Blue ink. A Ticket Corner punch was used on all the panels. Since I had to "limit" the embellishments I would normally use, I went with Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (I just *love* that stuff!). My paper piercer gets a workout on most of my cards, so I restrained myself and did faux piercing with a Chocolate Chip marker instead (that counts, right??). The sentiment is from last year's hostess set, Warmest Regards, and it is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

I really like this color combination -- soft and subtle, and perfect for the occasion. I don't like making sympathy cards, but this one will be nice to have if I need it. Thanks for visiting today -- have a great Monday! :)
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6 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL card! I really like how you did the background by sponging the colour on the stamp!!! I have never done that...will jot that down in my book of tips ;) Thanks!

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

OOOOH, this is soooo pretty! I LOVE the stamp, colors, layout, just stunning!

Wife2TJ said...

This is a beautiful sympathy card

Bethany Paull said...

You sponged the ink onto the flower stamp? I love the subtle mix of colors it gave you. That is just gorgeous.

Julia Stainton said...

This is stunning!!! I must try that color combo...wow! Gorgeous card!

Melissa McCarthy said...

Just stunning! I love how the sponging creates such amazing texture in your image. WOW! Sorry it's for a sad occasion. I'm sure it will mean a lot, :0) Mel