Good morning! Wow – this was a gorgeous day here in Atlanta (I’m typing this on Saturday night)! The past two days of rain and stormy weather that signaled the passage of a cold front left the air sparkling and (momentarily!) pollen-less-than-normal (not pollen-free but at least we’ve been able to have a few windows open today!)! The dogwood trees and azaleas are going crazy – we only have a few that the previous owners planted – but everywhere you drive are mounds and mounds of azaleas in every color! They’re so spectacular they’ll almost literally make you gasp when you round a curve in the road and see them. Here’s a picture of one of my little ones –
Now, imagine that about 10 times bigger and in a group of about a hundred! All enmass under tall pine trees. Yes, that’s how folk plant them here and it’s magnificent! If I’d been smart and planted one a year since we moved here…I’d have my very own breathtaking display. As it is…I look at my meager group and go out of my way to drive down roads where I know I’ll see them!
I’ve spent too much time the past couple of days trying to make a card that can come close to echoing the colors of the azaleas….I have yet to be successful. 🙁
So, the card I have to share with you today is a sympathy card for the loss of a pet. My friend needed one for her friend who, apparently, had a mama kitty who had trouble delivering a litter – and lost all the babies. 🙁 That’s a pretty sad thing. So….she asked me to make a card to send. I used a non-Stampin’ Up! kitty image – and combined it with the rainbow-building swath image from Over the Rainbow. My sentiment is from the ever-handy Greatest Greetings and I also added some of the very pretty flowers from the Number of Years stamp set. It’s easy to forget how pretty those flowers are – the number images pretty much steal the show! But…take a look-see:
I played along with two challenges again on this card. The first, Mojo Monday #441, inspired the layout:
…and it was handy that there was a Theme challenge featuring Rainbows – Sunday Stamps Challenge #123!
Any animal lover knows the story of the Rainbow Bridge, so rainbows feature pretty prominently when I make a pet sympathy card….
I started building the card front by embossing a piece of Whisper White card stock in the Happy Hearts TIEF. Then I cut it to size and SNAILd it over a full-size piece of English Garden DSP. I ran a length of Wild Wasbi 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon down the seam, securing it in the back with scotch tape.
I SNAILd the panel to a Blushing Bride mat and began on the art work. The rainbow is built with the swath image from Over the Rainbow. It’s a photopolymer set, so it was easy to line up and stamp without needing to pull out my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. I modified the colors of the rainbow to more subtle colors to go along with my palette. From the top: Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie (stamped off once on scrap paper first), So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi. That panel, too, is SNAILd on a mat of Blushing Bride and then SNAILd onto the card front.
For the little kitty, I inked the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamped it off once before stamping it on Whisper White. Then I cut it out with my Circles Collection framelits. I made a little Sticky Note mask – stamping the kitty on a Sticky Note, with the top of the image “in” the sticky part – and then fussy cutting it. I stuck my mat over top of the stamped image, and then was able to easily stamp the leaves and stems from Number of Years in Pear Pizzazz where I wanted them. I also added some of the flowers in Blushing Bride.
I drew a little halo with my Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and then matted him on a Blushing Bride circle punched with my 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. I popped him on the rainbow panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For the sentiment, I decided to use some Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon as the mat for the banner, so I cut the ends on an angle. I repeated that angle on the strip of Blushing Bride card stock that I cut for the banner. I stamped the Greatest Greetings sentiment in Old Olive. A little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue adhered the sentiment to its ribbon mat and then I popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It took a double thickness – tiny! – piece of Stampin’ Dimensional under the left side of the banner – to compensate for the thickness of the various layers under it.
I stuck a Gold Basic Metal Button on the side of the banner with a Glue Dot and adhered a double Gold Metallic Thread bow to the button with a dab of Liquid Glue. A few little Pearl Basic Jewels around the kitty completed the card front!
I left the Whisper White inside blank, just adding some more of the Number of Years flowers in Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride.
I SNAILd it to a Blushing Bride mat and into my Pear Pizzazz card base – and did the same with the card front.
For the envelope, I added another set of Number of Years flowers to the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope…
…and made a liner with more of the English Garden DSP, cutting it with my Envelope Liner Framelits.
Et Voila! A sweet card to share in someone’s loss. Those of us who’ve been owned by animals understand the pain their loss brings – so I hope this card will bring a little smile at a hard time. 🙂
Have a great rest-of-your-weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
Whisper White Card Stock: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ (embossed panel on card front); 2 3/8″ Circle (art piece); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)
Blushing Bride Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat and inner liner mat); 2 1/2″ Circle (mat for art circle); 1/2″ x 3″ (sentiment banner)
English Garden DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front – partially covered by embossed white panel); envelope liner
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