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Jan 9, 2010

Designed for Sympathy

The other day, I received a phone call from my Aunt, who needed to have her stock of sympathy cards replenished.

As a cardmaker, it is the type of card that I always find so hard to make, but sadly, that we all need to send at some point

That being said, its one of those times, that a handmade card says just so very much. I wanted something that was cleanly designed and full of thoughtful details.

To keep the card respectful of the occasion, yet full of thoughtful details, I reached for for my Cuttlebug Embossing folder and my Out on a Limb Sentiments, Background Basics: Text Style II and Damask Designs stamp sets.

I was so thankful that my order from Paper Trey Ink had just arrived containing the In Bloom patterned paper.

You can barely see it in the photograph, but the text is actually overstamped with the Damask pattern.

To tie the main panel together, I've added stitched detail with my sewing machine, stitched grosgrain ribbon, and some Apron Lace trim across the bottom.

All the edges have been softened with the Tea Dye Duo. Seriously LOVE the stuff, really I do!

Remember when you're making cards with a dark cardbase (I've used Scarlet Jewel here) that you want to line your cards with a lighter color. This is especially important if you're planning to sell them!

While you can write on the inside with a white gel pen, they aren't always 100% reliable, and then you've messed up the inside of your pretty card! So, save yourself the hassle, and just line your cards.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a truly wonderful weekend.
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