The card I am sharing today is a Sympathy card. My husband's last remaining Auntie passed away aged 97. I found the card quite difficult to make because we really don't know that side of the family - and we had no idea whether any of the children (my husband's cousins) have any sort of faith or not - and therefore wanted to be very respectful as I never push my beliefs on anyone nor preach - there's nothing worse! I personally, had only seen the Auntie once at a funeral and have never met any of her children.
It took ages to make the card which seems odd when the finished result is so simple - but I just seemed to faff around and couldn't make up my mind what colour ribbon I should use and then after putting a white ribbon on, I promptly took it off again because it just didn't look right - and then wondered whether I should add the hearts next to the sentiment - uggh - just didn't come together easily - one of those difficult cards! I left it at my desk numerous times and kept going back to it with a 'fresh' mind and finally things came together and I settled on a soft lavender organza ribbon to contrast the white - and here is the result:
The card is a Matchbook card but turned on its side. You can see another Matchbook Sympathy card HERE on my blog which I made ages ago. Note that I bought this card already made up as a Matchbook card in a pack of 10 from Riot Art and Craft and the scalloped edge was already done - but it is easy to make one yourself and if you look at the link for my previous Matchbook card, I have given some instructions - just scroll down. Please note that at this link, I called the card a Matchbox card which is incorrect - however the instructions etc. are all correct - I just had the name wrong!
The right-hand side of the card was embossed using my Cuttlebug and Roses embossing folder.
I used my Scor-Pal to score two lines on the left-hand side of the card then added the ribbon in 2 separate elements. The bow itself was made with my Bow Easy and I added some Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying. I glued this side panel down so it doesn't open and the embossed side just tucks into this flap - but made sure that I left enough of the flap unstuck so that the embossed side tucks in enough to hold it.
I stamped the sentiment using London Fog Memento ink, added two punched lavender hearts (I used an MS Looped Hearts edge punch - they are the leftover punchies) then popped this panel up on dimensionals. This is my first time stamping using grey ink and I really love the softness it added to the card as opposed to using black ink.
For the card inside, I again stamped the sentiment with London Fog ink and added hearts to mirror the card front.
So simple - don't know why it took me so long!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Stamp-It Australia siset014 sentiment set (both sentiments)
Ink: Memento London Fog
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Roses embossing folder, Scor-Pal, lavender organza ribbon, Bow Easy, Fray Stop, Lifestyle Nesting Ovals die, dimensionals, Matchbook card - Riot Art and Craft, white cardstock scrap for sentiment panel, lavender cardstock
Punches: Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge (lavender hearts)