A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine, lost her niece to colorectal cancer. The lost was devastating because her niece was only 39 years old. I had worked with this friend and her mother and brother, whom were my friend's niece's grandmother and father. I decided that I wanted to send all three of them a sympathy card to let them know that I was thinking of them.
I decided to use my stamparatus to create the tool because I wanted to make them quickly to get them sent out as soon as possible but I also wanted to create the same look over the multiple cards. I created two other blog posts on the specific technique used to create the card. One blog post talks about how to use the stamparatus to get that “stamped off the edge of the paper” look and the 2nd blog post talks about how to use the stamparatus to get your sentiment stamped on straight. Feel free to check out those blogs because they have video tutorials on those specific techniques.
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Stamping Must Haves
Storing Embossing Powder is easy these products listed below.
- Adhesive Eraser – I love this to pick up stray adhesive on your cardstock
- Long Blade Sissors – I use this when I want to create a long straight cut, something not possible with my smaller snips
- Baby Wipes – I use this to wipe excess ink of stamp blocks so I don't get it where I don't want it.
- Small table top trashcan – This is a must to put those small scraps of paper before they consume your table!
If you are interested in recreating this card, you can check out the supply list below. I also have a FREE PDF tutorial you can get all of dimensions. And on this blog post I show you a video of how it all comes together once all of the pieces are made with the stamping. Scroll down below to see that.
The first thing I did was create the “stamped image off the edge of the paper” using my stamparatus and my grid paper. I loved how quickly this allowed me to get the same look on each card.
Once I stamped all of the flower images using my stamparatus, I quickly moved to stamping the inside of the card. I wanted to make sure that I was stamping the sentiment straight. The problem is that when I put the sticker on the back side of the stamp, it is impossible to get it exactly the mirror image of the stamp itself. That makes it nearly impossible to make sure you are stamping straight before you attempt it.
I discovered that you can use the grid lines that are etched into the stamparatus plates to get a stamped image that is almost completely straight just using your eye to eyeball it.
Once the outside and inside of the card was finished, then it was time to assemble to card and get them ready to mail. I was super happy with the end result. I loved the color combination of the fresh fig and the blushing bride. The fresh fig color reminds me of church for some reason…. I get flash backs of heavy velvet robes and ropes at funerals… and maybe that is why I choose this color for the card. Then of course the blushing bride pink coordinated well and it put a bit of a feminine touch to the card.
Watch how I put it all together and made these cards fairly quickly. I am happy to report that my friend and her mother and brother were very touched by the card and that made me very happy. I love when a handmade thing especially in this type of situation, can bring a smile to their faces.
Since I used a retired stamp set, and you might not have this, I thought I would put out another suggestion for a stampset you could use instead of the heartfelt blooms. I think Healing Hugs would also be a great substitute for the flower. It doesn't have a sympathy sentiment but this card would also make a great get well card.
Want to remember this? Post this Heartfelt Blooms Sympathy Card to your favorite Pinterest board!
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