Saturday, April 20, 2013

Love and Sympathy (April class project with instructions)

This sympathy card is based on a design by Selene Kimpton.  To see Selene's original design, as well as some other cards by Selene visit her blog at


Stamp Set:
* Love and Sympathy

* Sahara Sand card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 5-1/4" x 4"
* Primrose Petals card stock: 3-3/4" x 2-3/4"
* Very Vanilla card stock: 3-1/2" x 2-1/2"

* Stampin' Write Markers: Primrose Petals; Saraha Sand; Soft Suede

Accessories and Tools:
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (Spring Catalog)
* Satin Stitched Ribbon - Primrose Petals
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals; Glue Dots; Multipurpose Liquid Glue (optional)


1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from scoreline to create card.

2. Emboss 5-1/4" x 4" card stock with Big Shot and Embossing Folder.  (TIP: Cut card stock to 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" to emboss; cut to 5-1/4" x 4" after embossing -- the embossing folder sometimes "scrunches" up the card stock to smaller size.)

3. Create a "faux" knot near one end of ribbon; wrap around embossed card stock and adhere on back.  (NOTE: To create "faux" knot, cut a small piece of ribbon -- maybe 2" to 2-1/2".  Cut larger piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around card plus maybe 1/2" to 1".  Start to tie a knot in the larger piece of ribbon, but before tightening up the loop, insert the short piece of ribbon through the loop -- then tighten it up.  Presto!  A faux knot!)

4. Adhere embossed card stock to front of card.  (HINT:  SNAIL Adhesive will work for this; however, Multipurpose Liquid Glue provides a stronger bond for embossed card stock.)

5. Use Sahara Sand marker to paint leaves on flower stamp; use Primrose Petals marker to paint flower; stamp image on 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Primrose Petals marker to paint LOVE on sentiment stamp; use Soft Suede marker to paint remaining words; stamp over flower stems.  Adhere card stock to Primrose Petals card stock.  Adhere to front of card over ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals.

TIP:  For the inside you can cut a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  After you stamp the  flower image, you can "huff" on the stamp and without reinking it stamp a lighter version on the inside card stock.  I was actually able to use this process to stamp a third image on the envelope!

Hope you like this card.

Cath  ;D

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