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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

with heartfelt sympathy

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a good week.

I'm here with a quick post to share a sympathy card. Sadly, I've needed to make a number of these recently.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Recollections black
Simon Says Stamp trellis stencil
Paper Smooches (graceful beauties) sentiment
stencil pattern and sentiement heat embossed with Versamark and Stampin' Up! white powder
Distress Inks: milled lavender; seedless preserves; chipped sapphire, applied with Ranger blending tool
Paper Smooches stitched dies
border inked in StazOn jet black
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Paper Studio foam circles 

I've come to really like this combination of Distress Inks and this trellis pattern for sympathy cards. For this card, I didn't tape down the stencil. Instead, I just punched away with my Versamark pad. The pattern turned out uneven and choppy, and it's a bit of a refreshing change from my typical obsessing over every single element.

And, I'm absolutely amazed at the difference that this embossing buddy makes. Sure wish I would've invested in this little gizmo a loooong time ago.  :)

Going to link this card up to the following challenges:

Parting Thoughts

Not sure if I'll have a card to share tomorrow. But, I hope to be back with a Thankful Thursday post.

There are a couple of more days to play along with the current Cards in Envy and Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenges. Our Words 2 Craft By Just Keep Swimming runs through next Wednesday, August 3.

Enjoy the rest of your evening. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. This is beautiful-- love the color combo also. I struggle with sympathy cards, so I try to make them before I actually need to-- thank you for the inspiration, and I'm sorry you've needed them, too. Thank you for sharing at SOS: stitched panels are a perfect accent.

  2. WOW! that's really loooooovely! & you're the 2nd person this week to rave about the "embossing buddy" so i guess i'm going to have to ask The Google what it is, lol! :)

  3. Gorgeous card, perfect for a sympathy card and I love the background you've created with the stencil! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  4. LOVE that embossed, distress inked background! What a gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  5. Fabulous card, love your background
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x