Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Simply Sympathy

I always find sympathy cards difficult to make. Other events can be planned for - Christmas and birthdays come along on regular dates, and even babies give you several months' notice of their intended arrival. But death can be sudden and unexpected, and I don't like to have suitable cards "in stock" so whenever I need one it has to be one I can make quickly.

I also think that CAS cards are very suitable for the occasion. Going overboard with pattern or embellishments doesn't really seem right, and the recipient won't be in any mood to appreciate them, they just want something simple to tell them that you are thinking of them.

I love this agapanthus flower stamp and it often finds its way onto the sympathy cards I make, although it is equally at home on a landscape or a bright, colourful card.

I masked off part of the card front and then sponged purple inks in three different shades over the left hand area, starting each at the masked edge and flicking it out with a soft sponge so that it faded towards the edge. The purples have blended together to give a subtle, graduated effect with the palest going almost to the edge of the card and the darkest closest to the masked edge. Then I used my trusty stamp positioner to add the agapanthus and the sentiment.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:

One Layer Simplicity - You Blend - my first visit to this challenge
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Let's See Some Purple
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
CAS on Sunday - #51 Flowers


  1. Such a beautiful card! Love the silhouette flowers!! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  2. So delicate and perfect for a sympathy card, the gentle blending and the silhouette are a great combo. Thanks for playing along at ATSM this week, Anita x

  3. Such a pretty card for such a sad occasion Jane, love the colour and the agapanthus silhouette.
    So pleased you joined us at ATSM this week. :)

  4. Welcome to the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, Jane! I hope you'll join us again in the months to come. Your card is perfect for sympathy...soft, pretty, not over-done. The sponging on the border adds interest with the fade to the edge, and you're absolutely right...the agapanthus stamp is spot-on. Great card!

  5. What a delicate card ;)
    Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday!


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