Tuesday, January 6, 2015

With Sympathy

Happy Tuesday!! I hope 2015 is bringing you some joy.

I am back at work after a fabulous 10 days off. I am so refreshed and thank God for the vacation that I get at Christmas time. It is a blessing.

Now I am getting ready to host a baby shower on Friday for someone at work. I am NOT much of an entertainer, so this is a big thing for me. I am not a decorator either, (though you would think I would be because I like to craft) so having people at my house to "show it off" is very intimidating. I am all for conquering my fears (of judgement) so I decided to volunteer to have it here. That and I LOVE my co-worker who is having the baby and totally happy to celebrate with her. Hopefully I will be able to get some good photos of the party that I can post this weekend.

Today I am sharing with you two sympathy cards I created. As I was cleaning my desk up last week, I decided to do a "make a card from the supplies on my desk" challenge. I had stamped these images using Distress Markers and then used a wet paint brush over them to get a watercolor effect. Then the cards sat and I never did anything with them, as is often the case. I decided they would make decent sympathy cards.

Such a simple card using "Penelope's Blossom" stamps from Lawn Fawn. I used an MFT Blueprints die to cut out the watercolor paper and mounted it on a Royal Velvet card.

To finish, I used Stickles to add some sparkle to the center of the flowers. I think this came out so pretty!!

For the second card, I die cut the watercolor panel with a Mama Elephant die and layered it over a piece of patterned paper that was cut with the companion die in the set.

I used Stickles on this card for the middle of the red and orange flowers, as well as used a clear Wink of Stella over the yellow roses. It is hard to see from the photo but I tried!!

This technique is so much fun to do and it looks like I actually water colored these pieces. I think I might make a few for myself to frame.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a great night!!

Paper-140lb Watercolor paper, Pebbles-"Rouge Mini Dot," Stampin Up! "Old Olive," and Paper Trey Ink "Royal Velvet"
Stamps-Lawn Fawn-"Penelope's Blossoms," Paper Trey Ink-sentiment
Dies-Mama Elephant and My Favorite Things
Other-Big Shot Machine, Ranger Distress Markers, Stickles, Gray Ink, paint brush


Nilsa said...

Such a beautiful card. I would love to see a tutorial on how to make this. I love it!

Taunya Butler said...

Nora - I SO think you should make some of these to frame - they are purely and simply works of art - NO way in my wildest dreams do I see myself ever creating something with so much ethereal beauty as these cards!!! So very well done and I am so impressed and Yes, they do make lovely sympathy cards!!!!

Marika (MeandMinimecrafting) said...

Beautiful cards! Love the watercolored look! I'm sure you were a wonderful host at the party! Very nice of you to organise such an event for your co-worker.

DoofyJEss2 said...

Oh my gosh!! These card are GORGEOUS!!! LOVE the watercolored flowers!! I have this stamp set and totally didn't think of using it this way!!

Danielle Flanders said...

SO beautiful! You are very talented!

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Wauw, these cards are stunning.
See you in class :)

Karen Murray said...

Oh wow, this is amazing! What a perfect work of art. I love the one especially with the pink and purple flowers. I don't think I've ever seen such a gorgeous flower arrangement done as watercolour! Kx

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...both of these are fabulous, simply fabulous. They both could be hung on the wall as a beautiful piece of art work.