Thursday, September 24, 2015

Glitter Butterfly

Today, a long-time colleague retired. It was a bit of an emotional affair for her. She held up quite well though and gave a little story about the fit with the firm. We also go to hear what brought her to the firm in the first place (or what made her leave her previous job!).

Her absence will be felt. Although the firm got a card for her, I made one too.

It's a version of a Z-fold card. I folded the front panel back on itself and added a large circle. Inside the circle, I added a glittered circle with a die cut butterfly in it. I coloured the butterfly with my Copic Markers.

I got this glitter from Michaels - Recollections extra fine. It did not stay down as well as the Glitter Ritz microfine glitter does when colouring over it with alcohol markers. But it did the job.

I really liked how the purples turned out with this citrus green.

The solid green pattern is actually the inside of the card. I cut another circle for my sentiment and placed it so that the outside circle covers it. She has taken the cards home with her, along with an armful of flowers and a head full of memories!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sheltering Tree Sympathy

I made this card for someone who suddenly lost his wife. She was fairly young (40's, I think) and leaves behind two children. There are rough days ahead for the family, so I wanted to make a card, even though I am not close to them.

I'm not the greatest with sympathy cards. It's for a man, so flowers were out. I saw a lovely card made with a white die cut tree. I just got the Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree, so I knew I could do that with white embossing instead of a die cut.

Here's how mine turned out.

I backed it on a metallic brown cardstock and punched out a foil red heart to put on it.

The sentiment is from a Close to My Heart stamp set. I put a personal message inside, attached on a separate piece of folder paper. From my own experiences, words may fall on numb ears at this time, but cards are patient and have the ability to be read again later in a more receptive mood. They'll wait until you are ready.