Sympathy - Hand Delivered
My husband's family had a rough year in 2015. His uncle passed away in June and not too many days later it was discovered that the youngest aunt on the same side of the family had an inoperable tumor and she was gone very soon thereafter. I was able to make his parents a thick and flowery Sympathy card as it was going to be hand delivered (I like thick, elaborate cards so anytime I can avoid USPS I am thrilled). Because it was for my father-in-law, I did keep the colors somewhat masculine, but he does love to grow dahlias so I felt some color was ok. I liked that green with burgundy edges on the leaves of these paper flowers (I bought these for a quarter at a garage sale...go me!). Colors decided, I built a nice header with a skinny stitched rectangle (Lil' Inkers Till Skinny Stitched dies - not in supplies, Im trying to work with them on how to get images of their products for my supplies lists) layered with a simple scalloped Sizzix border (In the supplies list). Next up was the stamp. At the time, I owned three sympathy stamps, two large and one small. The night I finished this card, my sister-in-law brought her oldest daughter by and she was also making them a sympathy card. I helped her a bit with her layout and then she asked...do you have a sympathy stamp I could use? So we looked that the three choices and I deferred, letting her pick her favorite which left me the only other large one. I sponged the edges of the light green paper with burgundy ink, popped it up with dimensionals and put it on a creamy base. I then used a leafy die in two green tones to help fill out the flowers and added some rain drops. I was sure to snap a picture of it as it was headed out the door. I did find an over sized envelope to put it in as I gave it to our niece to deliver with her card. I've also since purchased a couple more sympathy stamps in case I have to share my selection for the same event again, it was no fun having only one choice!
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