I have the sad thing on my list today to send out two sympathy cards, one to a dear high school friend and one to a fellow SU demonstrator on my team, both for the loss of their husbands at way too young of ages. Both of these women have told me they are heartbroken and I believe them completely. What do we do for a broken heart? I've experienced loss in my life, but nothing like that of losing a husband or child.
Admittedly, sending a sympathy card is the right thing to do, but it seems sorta inadequate, doesn't it? Perhaps a handmade sympathy card helps a little bit, showing you care and were thinking of them as you made it. In my recent inking class, we made a sympathy card and here it is:
While the effect is stunning, you may be hard pressed to guess what I used to get the background green and blue ink on the paper... Blue Painter tape! All you do is tear a piece of blue painter tape which is wider than the piece of card stock you want to ink up. Gently place the tape, sticky side down, on top of an ink pad and GENTLY press the tape on top of the pad with your finger. You can move the tape along the pad if your piece of tape is longer than the ink pad. Once it is inked up, lay the tape on top of your paper and rub the tape across the paper. Then, peel the tape up and the ink stays on the paper. This couldn't be easier, but it creates a unique effect which ends up looking sorta watercolored, but not quite. To top off the card, we used the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set and "With Sympathy" from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I love the simplicity and elegance of this card and the trees seem perfect for the theme.
Today, my prayers are with my friends as they navigate life going forward now, without their beloved husband at their side. It causes me to be mindful of the blessing of my husband and be grateful for the gift of days together.
Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting
I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!