Not So Easy Sympathy Cards

The last post was about two easy sympathy cards.  The next two took some time to plan and make.  My friend Jess had just lost her childhood friend to a drunk driver.  Her friend was walking home from work late one night and he was hit by a drunk driver and later died at the hospital.  Her friend’s Dad used to be a business partner with her Dad, so both families were very close.

Jess's card

Jess’s card

I looked high and low in my stash for an ivory patterned paper, it has a slight white flourish on it.  I used a butterfly template to put a slight sparkly pattern on top.  I set this piece off to the the side and started working on the butterflies.  I found three patterns in my 6×6 papers that matched my colors of black, grey, white and ivory.  I settled on three 6×6 patterns and then punched out 5 of each.  So each butterfly will have three patterns of paper.

Close up of butterflies

Close up of butterflies

Once I decided on the order of the pattern papers for the butterflies I glued them together using A LOT of Zots!  I laid the grey butterfly flat on the table with the grey side up.  Then I cut up a large Zot into strips.  I put one strip vertically on the body of the butterfly, then I line up the next patterned butterfly, which was a small newsprint pattern. I put another strip of a Zot vertically on the next butterfly, and I lined up the black and white patterned butterfly on top.  I did this for all of the 5 butterflies.  I gently folded the wings along their bodies on both sides.  To finish the body and make it look like a body, I cut a long piece of very sticky thin red tape.  Make sure the tape is long enough to wrap around the center of the body vertically and end on the back ok the butterfly stack.  I took a piece of ribbon and covered the sticky tape.  I then repeated this for all the stacks of butterflies.  

I arranged the stacks of butterflies on the background paper with the sparkly butterflies.  To attach them to paper, I used more sticky red tape.  In order to make the butterflies look real, I gave them a black gem for their head and I drew tiny little antennas out of the black gem. I attached the pattern paper background to a solid piece of black card stock.  I tied a white ribbon with a golden sparkle in a simple small bow.  To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and covered it with gold embossing powder and used a heat gun to set it.  I cut the strip of paper into a banner and attached it with foam tape, so it wouldn’t be hidden by the bow. 

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I noticed that the grey butterfly on the bottom of the pile would be hard to see, so I attached its wings with a small Zot to the background.  Then I folded the wings around the body so that the two top butterflies would stay up.  I added the tiny black butterflies in at the very end, when I thought that there were not enough butterflies on the card.

Supplies: 

Ink: VersaMark. Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts (Stampin’ Up). Paper: ivory doily pattern paper, black card stock, 6×6 pattern papers from several sets.  Other: small butterfly template and Gold Spray Mists (Heidi Swapp), black gems, black ribbon, butterfly punch (Stampin’ Up), tiny butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up), Zots, thin red tape

 

To make the other card, I stuck with the same colors as used for the butterfly card.

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First I cut all paper for this card.  The I stamped the ivory paper with Sahara Sand, Going Grey and Black with all the shells.  I added some gold embossed shells to the top to match the gold embossed sentiment.  I matted the shell paper with solid black card stock.  I attached both together and matted the newsprint on black card stock as well.  I cut a piece of the woven kraft ribbon and attached to all 4 layers using large Zots.  I then tied a simple bow on top and around all the layers.  

Jess loved both cards.

Supplies:

Inks: Sahara Sand and Going Grey (Stampin’ Up), Black, VersaMark.  Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts and By The Seashore (Stampin Up).  Paper: newsprint pattern paper (Stampin Up), ivory and black card stock.  Other: gold embossing powder (Stampin’ Up), black ribbon, woven kraft ribbon. 

Happy Stamping!

~Kali

 

 

My Valentines

This year I started working on my Valentine’s Day cards much earlier than I usually do, which is good because they were complicated.  Even though they took some time they turned out super cute.  First is the envelope banner Valentine.

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Speaking of super cute, my new little cousin Luna Hazel is posing with her Valentine that I made for her.  I used the tiny envelope stamp that was in the Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts September 2013 kit  and stamped it on several 6×6 pattern papers. I used VersaMark to stamp the image because I wanted to heat emboss each envelope to add some shine and to make them not so flat.  I made a total of 25 tiny envelopes for other Valentines.  Then I cut them all out by hand…yes by hand!  I then cut two very short slits on each side of the envelope flap to make a hole wide enough to slide the scrapper’s floss through.  Scrapper’s Floss is made out of tightly twisted paper.  I like it because it is tighter and stays together better than baker’s twine or embroidery floss.  Once I put all the envelope on the scrapper’s floss, I attached the tiny banners to the Bazzill Bling Basics paper.  I embossed the card stock with a heart pattern embossing folder.  I used Zots at both ends to attach the envelope banner to the card.  Then I made mini bows out of Scrapper’s Floss and attached them with a small Zot.  I did not attach each envelope with a Zot; the Scrapper’s Floss is stiff so the envelopes did not more when on the floss.  I stamped “Thoughts of You Warm My Heart” in Going Grey on the pink banner and added a small heart in Melon Mambo.  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Envelope stamp (Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts – Sept. 2013 Kit), Filled with Love (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: black, VersaMark, Going Grey & Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Others: Scrapper’s Floss (Karen Foster) and Zots.  

Next is my Valentine’s Day card for my parents.  

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First I embossed the background paper with a sprinkled hearts embossing folder.  I stamped LOVE with VersaMark and used a red glitter embossing powder to set it.  I punched out the inside of the “o” with a circle punch.  Inside the “o” I put a larger pink circle behind it.  To finish it off I added a white heart embellishment from a Studio Calico card kit.  I set it aside and worked on the heart stamped paper.  I used heart stamps from both Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter sets by Stampin’ Up.  The white stamped paper needed a pop so I added two stripes of pink card stock. 

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, and Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Other: Scallop border punch (Stampin’ Up), heart embellishment (Studio Calico), and red embossing glitter.

Lastly is the card I made and sent to my close friends, this one also had a lot of steps to it and took me a while to complete.  Here we go…

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To make this card I started out with the jar and hearts part.  I stamped the jar in VersaMark, then covered it in black embossing powder and set it with a heat gun.  Next I found lots of white skinny scraps of paper (wide enough to punch a small heart out).  I looked through all of my spray mists to find colors that went well with each other.  I put all the white scraps in a box and sprayed them with the mists.  While they dried, I searched for pattern papers that went with the colors of spray inks.  The background paper  has an ombre pattern to it.  Since these Valentine’s were going to be mailed, I didn’t want to have to add extra postage due to their weight, so I cut the inside out of the background paper.  Then I used the white pattern paper on top of the cut out background piece.  Next I used the piece that was cut out of the background paper, I cut so it would fit on top of the white pattern paper.  Before attaching it to the white pattern paper, I used the outline heart stamp from the Hearts A Flutter set and stamped it in Pretty in Pink.  The outlined heart image added more detail to the card.  

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Now that I had all of the pattern papers cut to size and assembled on the cards, it was time to move on to the jars.  I carefully cut out each jar leaving a smell white edge.  Then I used an exacto-knife to cut two slits on the top of the jar.  If you look at the jar in the picture above there is a heart that has been slipped under the jar’s lip.  I wanted the hearts to look like they were coming out of the jar, therefore I had to cut the jar’s lip so I could slip a heart under it.  I had to wait for the scraps to dry overnight, so that I could punch the heart out without the paper ripping and jamming the punch.  The next day when the paper was dry, I used a small heart punch and punched out lots and lots of small sparkly hearts.  Before I attached the hearts to the jar, I layered them on the jar arranging them neatly in a small pile.  I moved the hearts around to make them look like they were sitting filling up the jar.  Once each heart had a place I adhered them with small double sided tape square.  I continued laying the hearts up and out of the jar on the card.  To finish the card, I tired a bow around the card, and added the “All You Need is Love” banner.  

Supplies Used: 

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter & All Wrapped Up (Stampin’ Up), “All You Need is Love” stamp (Amy Tangerine)

Inks: Calypso Coral and Pretty in Pink (Stampin’ Up), VersaMark

Other: Pattern Papers (SEI), ribbon, heart punch, glimmer mists: Alaskan Salmon, Vintage Pink, Cherry Limeade, and Mel’s Diner (Tattered Angels), Color Shines: Gold and Peach (Heidi Swapp) 

Hope you enjoyed these cards.  

~Kali