Bereavement cards are always difficult to make, knowing that the person you’re making the card for has lost someone dear to them. Our friends recently lost their beloved dog, Dooley, so I wanted to send a card to let them know that we were thinking of them. The inspiration for this card was from a Pinterest post for a cat version.
It’s quite a simple card starting with a heart die-cut from black glitter paper and then cut out the dog using Stampin’ Up! Dog Builder punch. Using the same punch, I cut a heart from some red glitter card.
The sentiment is from a set by Waffle Flower called Rainbow Bridge. I like to stamp the sentiment on black ink and then add clear embossing powder on top.
A black mat is the final step to frame the top layer.
I’ve not been well for the past 6 weeks or so and as a result, my creative mojo has disappeared. When I’m empty of ideas, I use other crafters on YouTube to inspire me. These cards were inspired by Jo Rice’s tutorial for Lavinia Stamps – a recent, new find for me; they have some beautiful stamping goodies!
To begin, I stamped the dandelions around two diagonally opposite corners in black ink. I used Versafine Clair in Nocturne for the first time and I love the intense black of this ink.
Next, I added a touch of colour by stencilling gently with some pale blue ink.
To finish, I added a sentiment and heat embossed with some clear powder. I also added a few tiny dots of glue onto the dandelions and sprinkled on some glitter, although you can’t really see this on the photo.
I’ve also been trying out Distress Oxide inks so for my second card, I did the stencilling first as using Oxide ink over stamps, the ink sits on top as it’s quite opaque.
Stamping over Distress Oxides also produces strange results as the Oxide ink reacts with the moisture in the black ink. I’m still learning the best ways to use the Oxide inks but I do love their soft, chalky finish. The sentiment on this is a great one from Inkylicious.
I had intended my second card to be a slimline (DL) card but I dropped the inked stamp on one end so had to chop it down and mat and layer it to a C6 size instead.
Poppies are synonymous with remembrance so are a perfect image for a card, the very reason of which is to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Whilst I made this a condolence card for my Mum to give to her friend who had lost her husband, it is also suitable for a birthday or thank you card.
To begin, I cut two stitched rectangles and stamped, then embossed in silver, the single poppy image and the sentiment. The image was then coloured with pencils.
Whilst I had the stamp out, I partially stamped the image again using Smoky Slate on the envelope and liner. I usually stamp these in the bottom right corner but because of the direction of the flower, I thought the left-hand side suited it better.
The Scripty folder provided the dry embossing and then I stuck a length of Tear ‘n’ Tape on to adhere my ribbon. I always get ribbon wonky so I used the grid paper to help line it up.
After sticking on my ribbon, I glued the embossed layer to a Smoky Slate layer and then mounted it on the card base. The focal element and sentiment were raised on Dimentionals.