A friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to make a set of sympathy cards for her ladies’ auxiliary church group. I do occasionally accept commission work, so I have been working on set of 10 cards for her.
I had already made five of the cards and realized that I was tending toward feminine colors and subjects, so I made an effort to make the next couple more masculine, or at least appropriate for either.
One of the aims that I had for this project was to make cards that are not elaborate, but rather simple and tasteful. One really easy way to do that is to use the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372) because they provide a focal point and layering without a lot of fussy cutting or double matting. The simple stitch around the outside precludes the need for layering with another color of cardstock.
I used a new stamp set that I received as a free gift through Sale-A-Bration, called Avant Garden (143272.) Look how quick and easy it is to stamp out an impressionist-style flower design by using So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Old Olive inks, both full strength and stamped off once for a lighter shade. The sentiment, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink, is from the Basket of Wishes photopolymer set (142200) that was featured in the Holiday catalog, but is still available.
The next card uses another die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, but this time as a solid background for the Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits die (142749.) I cut this from Soft Suede cardstock, highlighted it subtly with a Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and used So Saffron and Cajun Craze as background colors. The sentiment stamped in Chocolate Chip on Crumb Cake cardstock is from the Thoughts & Prayers set (127805.)
Here is a list of supplies that I used to make both of these simple sympathy cards. Click on any image to read more or to order online (use Hostess Code APGQ4FYD this month):