Sunday, January 29, 2012

With Sympathy, gingko leaves - CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Hey, I've got 2 more cards to post today.  The second will follow shortly.
Unfortunately, I've needed to use several sympathy cards from my stash lately.  So, I've made 2 more to replenish my stock.  I know that some stampers don't like to make sympathy cards.  I'm not one of them.  I like creating them, because I know how meaningful it can be to receive a hand crafted card in that situation.
Kris, someone that is now a very good friend and co-worker (and my SU demo!), gave me a hand crafted sympathy card when one of my parents passed away.  At that time I barely knew Kris.  When I realized that someone I barely knew had taken the time to make that card for me - well, it really warmed my heart.  I still remember opening and reading that card 9 years ago.  I hope that the sympathy cards that I send to others, will mean as much to them.

Well, I guess I'd better get back on track or I'll be blogging all evening, huh???

CAS-ual Fridays CFC37 has another great challenge this week...of course!  Take a look at Laura's sketch.
It's been a while since I did a sponged background and I love doing them.  So, I sponged!  Here's the result.

Ahhh....did I mention I love sponging?  Yeah?  Ok.
I used 4 inks for the sponging, keeping the lightest in near the center of the panel.  I stamped the gingko leaves before removing my masks...except along the right edge.  I wanted a couple of leaves to extend beyond the masked area to give the illusion of some depth.  The rest of the card is self explanatory, I think.  But, if you have any questions, please ask!
Thanks so much for taking a look,

The recipe ~
card stock: stamper's select white (PTI), always artichoke (SU)
ink: certainly celery, pear pizzazz, old olive, always artichoke (SU)
stamps: harvest berries, simple sentiments (PTI)
other: gems (Affinity by the Paper Studio), distressing handle and pads (Ranger)


  1. Such soothing colours, works so well on a sympathy card. Another gorgeous creation Susie!

  2. Oh wow this is gorgeous Susie, I love the stamping going outside the inked area and that PTI sentiment is just perfect...thee perfect Sympathy card...if there is such a thing!
    Jenny x

  3. So pretty! Love the sponging and the beautiful colors you used. Very comforting!

  4. Beautiful sympathy card, love the colour.

  5. How exquisite! Love your stamping and masking, Susie! So glad that you play with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

  6. Oh my goodness - this is AMAZING!! I adore the sponged background with the tone on tone - so INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!! We're so glad you did!


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