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.
Today is Father’s Day in the UK so I’m sharing my cards that I made for my Dad and Father-in-Law. I wanted to use the cute bear from the stamp set ‘Happy Day’ from the Colorado Craft Company – I thought it’d be a great focal image for a masculine card.
First, I stamped the bears using Versafine black ink, which is waterproof once it’s dry, and then water-coloured them. One was a hairy bear, the other a more smooth coated bear! I cut them down into slim panels.
Next was my mat layer and background for my bear panels. I used Stampin’ Up! Snow Front and Waterfront stamp sets to create the mountain and forest backgrounds. Whilst these are a different illustrative style to the bear, they fit nicely with the bear’s habitat.
For my sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy, heat embossed with copper powder. I triple stacked the ‘happy’ die cuts for a little extra dimension.
Here are my final cards. I stamped the card liner and envelope with the tree stamp and added a gold rhinestone onto the centre on the flower.
I saw this card style on a YouTube video by Scrimpingmommy and thought it’d be fun to try. As it transpired, I got completely carried away with it and made 4 bases ready for decorating! I used Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid, Stitched Stars and Brightly Gleaming for my decorative elements. Although I’ve made Christmas cards, this style of card can be used for any occasion.
My card bases are 5¾” x 8¼”, a little less than half a sheet of cardstock, and scored at 4⅛”. For this card, the front needs to be cut into three so I cut mine equally at 1⅜”. For the window section, I cut a piece of acetate 1¾” wide by a smidge under 5¾”. I discarded the centre portion and applied thin adhesive tape to the top and bottom edges of the acetate.
Next, I cut some layers from card and DSP to decorate the top and bottom panels of the card.
The easiest way to line up the acetate panel is to clip the bottom section to the card base, line up the acetate with the edges of the card and overlapping the bottom section.
Holding the acetate in position, I removed the backing paper from the adhesive and folded the top section of the card down into place. I then removed the clips and stuck the bottom section into position. That completed the floating window card base. Once you’ve got your card ‘recipe’ sorted, you can knock these out in record time!
I decorated the liner with the same card and DSP.
Now for the decorative elements. I only applied glue to the sections that would be on the card so that a gluey mess wouldn’t be visible through the acetate. Firstly, Brightly Gleaming ornaments with copper embossing powder.
Next was the Stitched Stars using Copper Foil paper.
Snowflake Splendour DSP with silver heat embossed trees from Perfectly Plaid.
Lastly, my favourite, Brightly Gleaming DSP with copper heat embossed trees.
I hope you give these a try. They’re really fun to make and look stunning!