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Monday, February 20, 2017

Soft and Subtle Floral Sympathy

Hello, friends!  The other day I endeavored to make some quick and easy, soft, pretty, easy to mail sympathy cards.  The one I'm sharing today was made with Penny Black Delicate Florals and a retired Stampin' Up! sentiment on shimmery ivory card stock.  I stamped once in River Rock and once in the darker True Thyme (both SU! colors, probably retired) and lightly colored with Copics.




I made this card to include in a batch I'm giving to a friend. She's a letter writer in the truest sense, and when she sends a card she completely fills it with correspondence, including the back.  I've received many such cards from her and it's always a pleasure.  For a nice finish inside with plenty of writing space, and to sturdy up the card without adding too much weight or bulk, I lined it with linen texture copy paper.




The copy paper was cut 1/8" smaller than the card and adhered only at one spot on the inside front, near the fold.  Everything stays nicely in place when you open the card.




The lighter image almost looks like it's under vellum, doesn't it?  I like that!

Every now and then it's nice to make a card with so little involved.  It's like taking a rest in between the more detailed projects.  I'll see you again soon.  Until then, have yourself a happy week!


Stamps:  Penny Black Delicate Florals, retired Stampin' Up! All Year Cheer 1 sentiment  Paper:  Shimmer Ivory, linen texture copy paper  Ink:  River Rock, True Thyme, Copic markers for coloring

26 comments:

  1. This is exactly how I think a sympathy card should look like. Subtle is the way to go. Love the inside too, a really special touch!
    Have a great week Leslie!

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  2. I totally agree that a sympathy card should be subtle. Done in good taste and not over the top. You have totally achieved that here. I love this and think it is just gorgeous!

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  3. Simply beautiful, Leslie. I have True Thyme ink too. It is an oldie!

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  4. very pretty. Love the light touch. Have a great day

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  5. Your friend will love this card and the fact that you gave her writing space. I think letter writers are a dying breed with e-mail and texting being the mode of communication of the younger generation.I know many people don't even call much any more... sad. Love your beautiful card.

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  6. Love this card! Love the beauty, the softness, the addition of the linen copy paper on the inside. Must check that out. While definitely a wonderful sympathy card, almost any greeting would be apropos. Can't wait to get to my desk to try something similar. And cheers to your friend, the avid letter writer! A rare treat these days.
    Lu C

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  7. This is this is so simply beautiful, Leslie. A perfect card for the letter writer. I would not have thought to include linen copy paper...I must look into that! Blessings on your day!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful Leslie, I love the delicate flower stamp and lovely sentiment, wonderful colour is perfect for this occasion card, more stamps I need, although I do have these sentiment.
    Hugs Pam x

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  9. Beautiful Leslie! I agree the soft subtle colors are perfect. Love the flowers you used too.

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  10. Gorgeous! Love the contrast between the flowers! It adds so much depth to the card! This will be so fantastic to use as a letter start! Those subtle colors are just perfect!

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  11. Your card is just gorgeous! I love the "shadow stamped" image with the faded colors and the brilliantly colored image looks so pretty with those soft pastel colors! I love that big sentiment too. Everything works for a great sympathy card!

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  12. Wow! Absolutely stunning image. Love the soft colors and your gorgeous layout. It would be good to have a few on hand. Seems like I never have one when needed.

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  13. It's so pretty. Perfect choice for a sympathy card and designed for the one who writes!

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  14. Oh my goodness Leslie, I totally love your stamping, that soft shadow stamping and coloring is stunning, so love how you stamped it on the inside too, I love how it ties it all together, classic sentiment style too, Beautiful card!

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  15. Oh Leslie! This is absolutely beautiful. What peace this image imparts with the soft stamping technique and coloring. And yes, it does look like vellum was used. I love the idea of linen copy paper as well. The SU font used for the sentiment is perfect with the shadowed image too. These cards are so difficult to create for so many reasons -- from heart and hand my friend, and it shows.

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  16. I was taken back when this elegant beauty hit my inbox! You certainly brought this stamp to life w/every detail from colors to design! It's gorgeous!

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  17. Beautiful Leslie and I love the softness of the stamp behind the main image and it does look as though vellum is over it (which is a good idea I will have to store for future use..lol)...what a pretty stamp this is too, you have inspired me to get some of my stamps out! Have a wonderful day!

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  18. It's stunning!! I love the way you did the stamping wow!

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  19. What a beautiful card - thank you so much for sharing the steps to make it!!

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  20. Good Morning, Leslie! My heart sighed contentedly with peace when your beautiful still life popped up. Your cards always bring such love and loveliness to my soul - thank you for sharing your artwork. I especially like the softer whisper of an image behind your other focal image - great idea to stamp the main image in different colors to achieve different dimensions. Thanks for the tip. I want to learn to make simpler cards, too. Wishing you a great week! hugs, de

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  21. Love this sympathy card. I agree it's nice to have some simple (yet your is so striking) sympathy cards.

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  22. This is such a lovely card. I like using the shimmery CS as I feel it adds to the card. You used one of my favorite SU's sentiment. I love that stamp set and use it a lot.

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  23. Leslie, this is so beautiful. I love how you did the flower stamping, the softness of colours and the simplicity of it. I always find it hard to do CAS cards, but always in awe of others when they do them. I know your friend will love this. I have this stamp and I don't think I have ever used it. Your always an inspiration, thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week, sorry so late at commenting.

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  24. You out designed yourself! And this isn't the first time. This simple yet stunning! Well, I just have to pin it and admire it over and over again.

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  25. Leslie, this is so beautiful and serene, and I love this stamp. I know your friend loved it, and what a great card to make duplicates to have on hand. Hugs! xoxo

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