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It is difficult to know the right words to say to someone who has lost a loved one.
That's why, sending an handmade sympathy card can help you express your condolences without intruding on their grief.
A simple card can give great comfort to the bereaved.
Cards should be clean and simple. All white cards and flowers are a popular choice.
Butterflies are also used as many cultures see them as the symbol of the soul.
In christianity butterflies are seen as a symbol of resurrection.
Before starting your cards check out your card sizes and layers.
For this card I used an beautiful embossing folder from Darice with white card.
The card was cut to size with a stitched frame die before dry embossing the card. Emboss after you cut the card or you will risk losing the raised embossing.
Keeping with the card simple the sentiment was heat embossed onto a strip of vellum.
This was laid across the card and attached at the back.
Lack of silver card meant I had to improvise with the die cut butterfly!
Heat embossing twice with silver embossing powder produced an OK ish finish.
If you use this technique remember to heat emboss the back as it will be seen from the edge of the card.
Complete the card by adding the embossed layer to a card base.
This one layer card was created with the versatile Flip the Floral stamp set from Taylored Expressions.
The stamp set has one large border floral stamp and seven different sentiments so it can be used for a variety of occasions.
I used a Misti stamp platform to stamp the top border and the sentiment. I then turned the card 90 degrees to stamp the bottom border.
The flowers can either be left plain or coloured with your preferred colouring medium.
As I coloured with alcohol markers (the ink bleeds through) I die cut the layer and mounted onto a card base.
For the final card I decided to add a splash of colour!
I used the ink smooshing technique with watercolour paper, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers distress oxide inks.
To add a bit of shine I mixed Perfect Pearls with water and smooshed a little onto the paper.
When completely dry I heat embossed the butterfly images and sentiment from the A Flutter stamp set from Taylored Expressions.
The card was cut with a stitched frame die and added to a card base with foam tape.