We all have those cards to make that can be a bit tricky, usually it is ‘With Sympathy’ ones or ‘Thinking of You’ as the subject matter, in those cases, is difficult. Well, it is my Husband’s Aunt’s birthday in a few days but her birthday also marks the first anniversary of her husband’s death. I needed a card that didn’t scream ‘Happy Birthday’ but wasn’t too plain to suggest that her birthday wasn’t to be celebrated. I have had a massive card making de-stash (some stamps had been used so much that I was fed up of trying to find new things to do with them!) so I was working with fewer supplies. I have tried to achieve pretty and elegant.
The manuscript background is Hero Arts Cling Stamp (currently available on Amazon UK) which I stamped with Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink (Enchanted Evening) and heat embossed with a clear embossing powder. I then ran this through my big shot with an embossing folder by Sizzix with this lovely leaf pattern. I lightly went over the embossed (raised) detail with Shaded lilac Distress Ink to highlight the detail.
The bird and flowers are from an old Kanban stamp set called ‘Birds of Paradise’ which I stamped and coloured lightly with pencils. The card with the ‘With Love’ sentiment was inked in the Shaded Lilac ink and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz, Simple Sayings set (I love this stamp set!).
This card has so much dimension and is so much ‘busier’ than I normally make but I love it. I have had a little bit of a card making break which I think has possibly done me some good as I came to this one feeling refreshed.