I always find it hard to make sympathy cards. I feel like it’s such a delicate subject matter and I don’t always know what to say. So usually when I have to make one, I try to keep it short, sweet, and simple. This card was made with the Graceful Glass 6 x 6 inch Designer Vellum, the Kindness & Compassion stamp set, Stampin’ Blends Markers, and the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Colors are Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.
The Graceful Glass 6 x 6 Designer Vellum is so pretty! It was designed specifically to be hand colored. I like to use Stampin’ Blends on it, but it can also be colored with any other coloring tool that Stampin’ Up! offers, including Stampin’ Write Markers, Aqua painters, Watercolor pencils, and more! It contains 12 different designs and you get 2 of each sheet in the package, for a total of 24 sheets. The sheet I used has four different floral columns, including peonies, irises, roses, and lilies! Here’s what the full sheet looks like:
For this card, I trimmed out the center of the iris column and mounted it on a Whisper White backing. I then used a piece of Highland Heather card stock as the background and embossed it with the Subtle Dynamic Textures Impressions Embossing Folder. I LOVE this folder! It’s perfect when you want to add just a hint of detail to a project without it being too bold or overwhelming.
When I first made this card, I used the vellum column as is. But when I put it on the card, I felt that the irises were a little too low on the card. So I trimmed a section off the top and then relocated it to the bottom instead, and then used that as my final piece:
Here’s what the rearranged strip looked like before I applied it to the card:
When I assembled the card, I made sure to place the sentiment strip over the seam between the two pieces so that it is hidden. I was much happier with the irises a little closer to the top of the card!
Measurements for this card are as follows:
Thick Whisper White card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)
Highland Heather layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches
Iris vellum strip: 1-3/16 x 5-1/8 inches
Whisper White strip behind vellum: 1-3/8 x 5-1/4 inches
Whisper White sentiment strip: 3/4 x 4 inches
I didn’t add too much additional embellishment for this card, as I wanted to keep it simple. I did add a couple of pearls to the upper right corner, just to add a little something!
If you have any questions about this card, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by!