We have a show-stopping card for you today, starring our Square Tag & Clock Die. In this post, Kathy Clement shares a Sympathy Card, oodles of tips, and a 60-Second Video Tutorial so you can recreate this card at home. This card features our Botanicabella – Deluxe Collector’s Edition, which is, unfortunately out of stock. However, this card tutorial would be beautiful with any of our collections, especially Botanical Tea. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy this card.
By Kathy Clement
“As a cardmaker, I find that making a sympathy card is probably the hardest task I ever face. The loss of a loved one can make you feel very alone, but receiving a beautiful condolence card reminds you that you are surrounded by people who love and care about you. When I needed to make a sympathy card for a dear neighbor, I turned to the Botanicabella – Deluxe Collector’s Edition. The color palette is so rich and soothing. Botanical images are always a good choice for a sympathy card. And the wonderful butterfly images speak of life and rebirth, both of which offer great comfort.
Tip: Die cut the Graphic 45 Clock from gold metallic paper and back it with a circular die cut made with patterned paper from the collection. Glue the largest die layer directly to the circle die, but add dimensionals (foam tape or waste cardboard) to the back of each successive layer.
Tip: Glue just the center body of two fussy cut butterflies together, then lift the wings with tiny foam tabs to create lifelike elements for your card. I also lightly misted the wings with a gold mica spray to add a little shimmer.
Tip: Spatter your paper with inks to give it an aged, distressed appearance. I also spattered my flowers for the same purpose.
Tip: Cut one flower in half. Then tuck above and below the clock image to add texture, dimension and Interest to your card design.
Tip: Don’t forget to finish the inside of your card. Add layered papers, stamped sentiments and a miniature notecard to an inner pocket.
I left room inside this little sentiment card to write a personal message. I’m hoping it will bring a little comfort to my friend.
To help you see how the layers of this card came together, I’ve created a little 60-second video tutorial for you. Remember, you can always press the pause button to study each individual frame more closely.
Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card 60 Second Video Tutorial
Thanks so much for joining me! Happy crafting!” ~Kathy
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Botanicabella – Deluxe Collector’s Edition
Chipboard Buttons and small tag
Stickers: Corners and Stamp
Spellbinder Savoy Decorative Accent Die
Black Satin Ribbon/Gold Metallic String
5” x 7” Top Fold Card base (kraft)
Gold Metallic Cardstock
Tsukineko Terra Cotta Walnut Stain Spray
Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist
Small foam squares for butterfly wings
Foam tape or waste cardboard to add dimension to layers
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The Decades Inkpad Package includes:
- Antique Moss – Green
- Bon Voyage – Blue
- Dark Cashmere – Brown
- French Lilac – Purple
- Photogenic – Black
- Precious Pink – Pink
- Robin’s Egg – Light Blue
- Triumphant Red – Red
- Venetian Lace – Pale Yellow
Decades inkpads feature dye-based inks that create a vintage look. They are the perfect ink for distress and mixed media projects. Featuring signature Graphic 45 colors that coordinate with our paper collections!
Big thanks to Kathy for sharing this stunning video tutorial, and thank you for joining us here today. Be sure to share your tips below to be entered to win this week's prize package. We look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow for another day of inspiration.