I got a request for a card! That doesn't happen nearly often enough. But, when it does, I am thrilled.
This was a commission for a sympathy card, something I don't make very frequently.
I had purchased the lovely set, You've Got This, quite awhile ago. Like the good, faithful little fussy cutter I am, I did stamp the flower portion several times upon various scraps of Designer Series Paper. I cut them out on car trips, as I am wont to do. But, so far, I hadn't used any of these exquisite flowers in any projects.
As soon as a sympathy card was requested, these lonely flowers popped into my brain. So, I spread them out before me and finally chose one on DSP that I thought was suitable to send condolences.
It took me quite awhile to come up with a cross-hatched background that I liked with this particular flower. But, finally, I hit on this one stamped in Smoky Slate.
The DSP from which the flower was fussy cut was a Mint Macaron and white marbled look. So, I kept the color scheme fairly somber -- black, gray, white and the subtle Mint Macaron, not only in the flower itself, but also in the thin mat around the image layer.
I had wanted to add the sentiment, With Sympathy, but I was having much difficulty in exactly how to present it.
After many trials, I ended up with this -- stamped in Archival Basic Black onto Vellum Cardstock. I crisply folded the vellum at the edges and folded the ends to the back of the panel. This gives such a neat -- and simple -- edge that is very effective. After I added the vellum strip, I felt it was still calling for something more. A couple of Basic Pearls was just what it needed.
The person requesting this card hasn't seen it yet. I sincerely hope it meets her needs.
What are some of your favorite images to use when creating sympathy cards?