Some times we are faced with reasons to create that are not the most pleasant. However, a card can always help to express our thoughts.
Such was the case for me today. I needed to create a 'Sympathy' card. These can be one of the most challenging types cards for me, because like you, I hate sadness and the causes for it. But today, I had to put my feelings aside and create. Here's what I came up with...
The creative inspiration for this card was the swirl border element. I cut it using my Pazzles Inspiration. I stumbled across it last night while looking for new images to download. When I saw it, I had to have it. I then cut it out on what I thought was a piece of never-to-be-used scrap paper. I should know better than that...scraps are never scraps. They are just waiting to be used. After I cut out the swirl border, I knew I had to use it on a card.
I designed the card around the swirl border embellishment. To keep the card soft, I stamped the sunflower with Versamark and dusted it with Perfect Pearls. The colors that I used were: Green Patina, Perfect Gold and Forever Green. I purposely kept my color scheme clean and to a minimum. I used a sort of Butter Yellow piece of paper that coordinated with the Perfect Pearls, as well as a piece of Chocolate cardstock from one of my favorite stores, the Paper Source. The sentiment was stamped using White Stazon Ink. I wanted it to be sort of a muted finish so I was not very heavy handed with the ink. I then added three butterflies that I punched out with one of my Martha Stewart punches for a finishing touch.
It's a simple and elegant card. Perfect such an occasion.
I'm often asked what are the tools that I use when paper crafting. So I've added a few of them below. I'll try to update this section often to give you a good idea of what I use.
Some of my "Must Have" products and tools