Good morning, y’all! Hope you’re having a great week wherever you are!
An old family friend recently passed away and I needed a sympathy card, so…I pulled on my thinking cap and spent some time perusing my shelves for the perfect tool. (My Zoom the Craftroom ladies had to spend a little time staring at my back! 🤷♀️ ) I settled on the sweet Ginkgo Branch stamp set and just used it with a little sponging to make a clean, simple and elegant card for a somber need. Take a look-see:
I’d just been reminded of this sponging technique by a beautiful card created by my team mate Susan LaPanne and then I got some creative help from the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week. I went down the left side and across the bottom. 🙂
I started with an oval mask…
– that I’d created for this card a while back using the Framed Florets oval die – and secured it over a Basic White panel.
Then I took a piece of printer paper and tore a raggedy edge.
I set the printer paper mask around 3/4″ of the way up the oval opening and, starting with Starry Sky ink, used a Sponge Dauber to swipe up along the torn edge. I moved the paper down a bit, and slid it a little to the side and repeated. I did that all the way down to the bottom of the oval.
I switched to Pool Party ink and then repeated the sponging near the top of the oval. A fun – and unanticipated – thing happened as I did this…some of the Starry Sky ink from the paper was pulled up with the Pool Party ink – creating a very cool effect! I filled in some white space down in the rest of the oval with the Pool Party ink – which resulted in a another very cool effect!
I pulled up the mask and let the ink dry very well.
Using the two smaller leaf stamps in the Ginkgo Branch set, I stamped twice on the left side of the oval in Versamark Ink. I sprinkled the images with Silver Embossing Powder and heat set them with the Heat Tool.
I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the panel to a Starry Sky mat and then adhered it to a Pool Party mat with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I tied a little bow from Starry Sky 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon and adhered it with a scrunched up Glue Dot.
On a piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the Ginkgo Branch sentiment in Starry Sky and cut it out with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Die. Then I popped it over the ribbon with double-stacked Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I added some Starry Sky dots from the 2022-2024 In Color Matte Dots and the card front was done.
On the inside, I stamped the small Ginkgo Branch image in Pool Party ink in the center of a Basic White panel. Then I stamped a second Ginkgo Branch sentiment over the top in Starry Sky. Note: if your Pool Party ink pad is very juicy, you might want to stamp it off once before using it on the panel – mine is needing to be re-inked, so the image was light enough without doing that. Bottom line: if in doubt – stamp the image and sentiment on your scrap paper first so you can see what you’re going to get! 🙂
I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the panel to a Starry Sky and Pool Party mat and then into my Basic Black card base, adhered the card front with Stampin’ Seal and the card was done.
My Basic White Medium Envelope got the small Ginkgo Branch image in Pool Party on the front…
…and I added both small images to the envelope flap.
Et Voila! I love the pop of silver with the moody blues in the sponged oval. The Ginkgo Branch set is wonderful – the sentiments are exactly right for sympathy cards and more – and the images are gorgeous!
I hope you like!
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Basic Black Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
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Starry Sky Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (x2 – second mat for card front and for inner liner)
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