Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pearlescent Sympathy Card

This week I made my first sympathy card. It was a spur of the moment endeavor with a short deadline, and it was my new Spellbinders Cascade Dots cover die plate that inspired the design. Start to finish, including design time, was about an hour.

I started with an ivory card base and sponged Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress plus Color Box Silver inks in consecutive layers onto the card base. The second layer of pearlescent paper is from the DCWV Luxury Stack, die cut with Spellbinders Cascade Dots cover die plate and the edges inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink for added contrast. The second layer was adhered to the inked card base with plain ol' glue stick. Handy stuff, that.

My dear husband helped me out by wrangling the printer to produce the sentiment on ivory cardstock while I was putting together the first layers of the card. This was my first time using a printed sentiment, which I resorted to since I was working with a limited craft stash (and working out of packed moving boxes), so I didn't have my usual selection of sentiment or alphabet stamps. Two quick scissor cuts added the banner notch to make the sentiment flag. Beacon 3-in-1 glue adhered the sentiment flag and the two Petaloo velvet flowers to the front of the card.

About five minutes after I glued down the sentiment flag, I realized that had my brain been fully engaged, I would have used pop-dots to float either the second die-cut paper layer or the sentiment flag on the card. Next time!

Entered in the:
4 Crafty Chicks "sympathy" challenge #247

Crafting By Designs "sentimentally" challenge 
Craft Your Passion challenge #262 - anything goes 
Crafting From The Heart challenge #60 - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays challenge #198
Sisters of Craft - May anything goes challenge
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper May challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - May anything goes
Your Scrapbook Place - May anything goes
Not Just Cards challenge #19 - anything goes - Winner!
Crafty Girlz Challenges, challenge #2 - anything goes
Scrapper's Delights challenge #44 - anything goes
Create and Inspire challenge #22 
Creative Fingers challenge #81 - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #107
Word Art Wednesday challenge #184 - anything goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #45 - anything goes


  1. Absolutely stunning! This is a perfect sympathy card. It's so nice your husband helped out. Hugs, Robin

  2. Gorgeous. Such a beautiful card

    Craft Your Passion Guest Design Team

  3. So pretty and very unique background! I love it! So glad you entered it in this week's challenge! Have a blessed week!
    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday

  4. Making sympathy cards is always difficult, but you have made a beautiful card. Thank you for entering the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge , “Anything Goes”. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

  5. This is very lovely and they are hard to make, but you have created a lovely sympathy card. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT
    4 Crafty Chicks

  6. Lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion#262. Good luck!

  7. Great design thanks for joining us at Crafting by Designs good luck love and hugs Carloe x

  8. Wonderfully done card, great design!
    Glad you could join us for the challenge at Your ScrapBook Place, hope to see you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ YSBP~DT ~

    1. Thanks, Shell! This card was actually made in Alaska for Alaskans.

  9. Beautiful. Thanks for entering the challenge at Your Scrapbook Place.

  10. Lovely card for such a difficult subject. Liking that die. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Girlz Challenge. Good Luck

  11. simple elegant and beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Create and Inspire Challenges

  12. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper May challenge with your delightful crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  13. This is a fabulous card - thanks for sharing with Create and Inspire!

  14. Love the distress look! Thank you for joining us at Scrappers Delights! Maria