Sympathy Too Soon

Why do we stamp?  We stamp to create.  We stamp for fellowship with our friends.  We stamp to express ourselves.  We make cards to communicate a feeling or an emotion to someone we love dearly.  We also make cards to help us sort through our own feelings or emotions.  Such was the case yesterday.  After a day of processing some very bad news about the sudden and unexpected loss of my very dear cousin, I needed to sit down and make this card.  It was very cathartic for me.   stampwithbrian.com - Sympathy Too Soon

 

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • There’s a language in colors.  You already know of my obesession with Baja Breeze. The color is so versatile and can be used beautifully in almost any color combination.  There’s such a calming element when it’s paired with Soft Suede.  These colors really set the tone for this comforting card.
  • Repeating color layers.  I’ve shared this before, but this card showcases the concept nicely so I want to point it out again.  I am comforted by the repetition of color layers.  The piece of Soft Suede paper on the outside of the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper is matted with a piece of Baja Breeze.  Similarly, the Soft Suede taffeta ribbon is layered on top of a Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon.  This repeated pattern is appealing to the eye.
  • Sponging inside the framelit.  After I cropped the sentiment inside the Labels Collection Framelits, I sponged the inside of the shape with a light dusting of Baja Breeze and an even lighter dusting of Soft Suede before I removed the framelit. stampwithbrian.com - sponge inside the framelit

It’s really difficult to see in this picture, but this technique leaves a border of un-sponged paper around the edge of the shape.  It’s sort of a reverse of sponging the edges for effect.  I quite like how it looks.stampwithbrian.com - sponge inside the framelit before removing the framelit

Stamp sets:  Petite Pairs  Papers:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Baja Breeze, Soft Suede  Accessories:  3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits

I am so grateful for your support and friendship.  I am glad that you are here to keep me creating each day.

Thank your for stopping by my blog today.

Brian

56 thoughts on “Sympathy Too Soon

  1. Love the card!! Would love to have the measurements on all your card creations right down to which of the Label framelits you used.

  2. I think this is the most difficult kind of card to design….but you rocked it! Thank you for sharing it and we know that your family will so appreciate this beautiful card! And the love that you put into it. You are in my heart and thoughts, as is your family!

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