Sympathy cards.......the most dreaded card to make, and most of us DO NOT make them ahead of time......and I have always been one to put off sympathy cards until I need one. I found myself in THAT exact spot a week ago, and my brain just went blank. Now, that really isn't a new feeling, but I mean it was REALLY BLANK! I needed a card for a woman I've known for years, and was actually attached to our family by marriage.
I sat at Betsy ( the name of my desk......yes I named it!) seemed like for hours trying to figure out what I wanted to do.....no inspiration came! I finally got on Pinterest and search cards and sympathy cards. I did find an old technique I had forgotten about and finally chose to use it.
It involves scribbling a water base marker on an acrylic block......well is doesn't HAVE to be acrylic.....but you get the idea. Spritz it with a little water and press it onto the card stock. So simple! So much fun and each time it is different! So why did I have so many unusable prints?
Then, as things usually happen around here, I ended up using the first one I made....LOL It had a small puddle and I swiped it sideways with a tissue and got a wonderful print, but just a little too bright for what I wanted.....and I thought I could do better.......sound familiar? I finally put an overlay of vellum with the sentiment on it, over it and that toned everything down.
When the funeral was over I came back to Betsy to clean up the mess I had walked off and left....
All those "mistakes" were just laying there begging to be used. I did rescue two of them, since I was using water color paper I re-spritzed then and whipped them off again. The white embossed resist finally popped! So two more sympathy cards were born and added to the card box.
I had die cut butterflies in my stash and started adding them to the cards too.
There is an other technique and round of sympathy cards I also want to share, but that will be my next post......as I had time to grab my camera for step outs.
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