Sympathy cards are always difficult to make. Because of this, I prefer to create them when I don’t immedately need them. That way, I’ll have a few ready to send when needed and it’s a bit easier to design something with the appropriate tone when I’m not short on time or when words are hard to find.
This card uses the Lasting Lily Stamp Set, free from Stampin’ Up when you place a $100 order during Sale-a-bration. I’m so glad I ordered this set — the sentiments make it easy to create beautiful projects with just the right words.
See below for the chalkboard technique I used to create this sympathy card with subtle colors on a bold black background.
- Cut your Papers.Basic Black: 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ for the cardbase and 4 1/8 x 3 3/4″ for the lillies.
- Crushed Curry: 3 strips 1 1/2″ x 4″.
- Stamp your lillies with versamark ink.
- Sprinkle white embossing powder over the lillies and tap off the excess.
- Heat the powder until it melts.
- Color with Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight Stampin Blend markers.
- When dry, cut into 3 equal strips, 1 3/8″ wide.
- Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of crushed curry with black ink, cut out, and adhere with dimensionals towards the bottom of your card.
- Adhere 3 sequins or gems to the card corner.
I first tried coloring the lilies and stems with stampin write markers (water-based), but the colors didn’t expand the way I wanted it to, so I tried stampin’ blend markers (alcohol based). These gave a more equal distribution and saturation of the colors. Both worked, but the Blends gave the deep result I was looking for.
I’m playing along with the following challenges:
- The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #213 Embossing
- The Flower Challenge – #29 Use your latest Stamps or Dies
- Crafty Sentiments – Spring!