The next little while will be dedicated to the blogging of those projects but first I must post two sympathy cards that were necessary to create over this time period as well.
Both cards involve feathers because somehow, my mind associates sympathy cards with feathers. In both cases, the feathers used were from the Feather Finery stamp set from Papertrey Ink.
For the first card, I stamped the largest feather from the set using Early Espresso ink on Early Espresso card stock and then die cut the feather using the coordinating die. The feather images in this set are ethereal in nature (probably why I chose them for sympathy cards) and stamp beautifully. The coordinating dies make sure that these images can be cut out for even more versatility. The sentiments in the set are also lovely!
On an Island Indigo matte I stamped the sentiment from the now retired Love & Sympathy stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
The matte was adhered to the Thick Whisper White card front and then the feather was adhered using Dimensionals. A small feather was stamped inside the card in Early Espresso.
A few Rain Stones were added to the card front to complete the card.
For my second sympathy card, I chose to use the Feather Finery set again but in a slightly different way. I knew that I wanted to use a vellum overlay but didn't know what I wanted to put behind it. Luckily, the Serene Scenery DSP came to mind.
I chose a piece of the DSP which had a kind of beach scene on it and cut it to completely cover my 4.25 x 5.5" card front. I cut a piece of vellum to the same size.
Prior to embossing a small feather on the bottom of the vellum I tore a strip off the bottom to allow me to stamp a sentiment on the DSP as well as to add a little textural interest. I used the now retired An Open Heart stamp set and stamped with Crumb Cake on the bottom right of the DSP.
Versamark was used to stamp the feather on the bottom of the vellum and then it was heat embossed using Pearlustre Pearl White embossing powder from Stampendous. I chose to use this rather than Stampin' Up's White embossing powder because I wanted a warm tone to the embossing. Unfortunately, the embossing doesn't show well in any of my photos :(
Next, I used liquid adhesive to run a line of glue near the top of the DSP and adhered the vellum to it. I then wrapped a piece of the Pool Party Stitched Ribbon around the vellum and DSP to hide the glue line. I also wrapped two pieces of Linen Thread over the ribbon and knotted them. These mattes were then adhered to a Sahara Sand card front using Fast Fuse.
For the inside of the card, I chose to use a leftover strip of the DSP down the side of the card. I stamped another sentiment using Crumb Cake and then used Sahara Sand to stamp the same small feather inside the card. In addition, I stamped a feather in Pool Party on the envelope.
For the most part, I am pleased with how both cards turned out but I hope that I don't need anymore sympathy cards for awhile.