Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  this week is a Designer's Choice Challenge and Shirley has chose the theme of Sympathy cards.  They are one of those things that you need unexpectedly so it's a good idea to have a few in your stash.  Here is my card:

I started by stamping my image in versamark and heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  Then I cut it out with the die cut before I did the inking so I would be able to keep the edges of the die cut clean.  I used a light aqua ink to sponge over the embossed image to really bring out the design, but in a subtle way, and also inked very lightly around the inside of the die cut.  I wanted to add interest to the background while keeping it uncluttered, so I layered a panel of kraft card stock which I had swiped the edges of with some white craft ink from SU!  I also distressed the edges a little bit to help it stand out from the kraft base.  For the sentiment, I didn't want the black to be so stark, so I stamped it off on a piece of scrap paper first to soften it up a bit.  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  Sympathy cards can be hard to make, but I like how elegant they can be.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Warm Memories" and "Dandelion Breeze"
Dies: Spellbinders "Floral Ovals"; MFT "Stitched Scalloped Borders"

Craft-Dee Bow Z--anything goes with handmade bow
Tuesday Throwdown #395--dies and/or punches
Simons Says Stamp Monday--stamp it
A Gem of a Challenge #202--use kraft card stock
Sweet Stampin'--heat embossing
Creative Sketchy Girls #152--ribbon, rope, lace or pearls (I used ribbon and pearls)
Card Mania #96--shabby chic or rustic
Cards Galore--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #51--anything goes
Cardz TV #11--anything goes
Brown Sugar #266--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #120--sketch and the optional twist of love, romance and pearls

Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment


Laurie Unger said...

So soft and subtle and perfect for a sympathy card.

Borqna said...

Lovely card!
Good luck!

Glittered Paws said...

So pretty and comforting. Love the soft colors.

Donna said...

Beautiful, so calming and peaceful!

Gail said...

What a pretty sympathy card! I love the soft color tones and your bow is a perfect addition. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee BowZ! --Gail

Rachelle Olaridge said...

Hi there! What a lovely card. Love the details and stamp. Thanks for your entry in our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown Blog. Happy Crafting!

Lisa xx said...

Such a beautiful card,

Thank you for joining us at SSW2

Lisa xx said...

Such a beautiful card,

Thank you for joining us at SSW2

Sammy said...

So beautiful! Perfect! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

Joanna Moore said...

I really do hate making Sympathy cards but you are correct, gotta have a few in your stash. This one is lovely. I like the delicate color scheme and that dandelion image is perfect. Thanks for joining in the sketch fun with us over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog. Good luck.
~Jo, SSW2-DT

Lynda Hall said...

So beautiful and delicate. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
DT Lynda x

Patti J said...

Beautiful card - love the sentiment! Thanks for sharing :)

Sandra said...

Such an elegant card, love the pretty frame with the dandelion. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Kathie said...

Heather this is such an elegant sympathy card and lets face it they aren't an easy card to make at any time. Your card really says it all I love it. Thanks so much for sharing your card over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and good luck.
Kathie SSW2~DT

Birdie said...

The aqua is so lovely against the kraft. Great sentiment and you certainly have a heartfelt creation. Thank you for sharing on the Tuesday Throwdown challenge this week.

Sarah said...

Very pretty and well done. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!!

Kelly Schelske said...

What a gorgeous card. So very pretty, soft and delicate creation.

Well done with our sketch and thank you for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2!


crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful sympathy card love the delicate embossed stamp and perfect sentiment
Carol x

Nancy Soetaert said...

lovely card, not easy sympathycards... but you made a great one!
Fijn dat je meedeed met onze challenge lint, kant, touw of parels!
Nancy DT CSG