Hello, today I had to make cards for a couple of friends that are struggling with difficult life issues. The style of the cards I created lend themselves to really any occasion. They can easily be adapted for birthday, congrats or sympathy, just by changing up the sentiment and color choice. I did not want these cards to be maudlin, I wanted them to lift the spirits without being silly or too light-hearted.
This first card I used Raisin Boat Growing Love stamp set that I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Pacifica Blue ink from CTMH for the berries and graphic blooms. I stamped twice so I could get two shades of blue and I LOVE the lighter version, it is so pretty. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios in Navy to add dimension and interest to a few of the blooms. The HI die cut is from MFT, I got it free with a promotion, and you all know I love promos! I cut it several times in Beetle Black cardstock by Doodlebug, glued all the layers together and topped it off with clear Wink of Stella, and dotted my “I” with an enamel dot. I finished the top layer off with a piece of ribbon from my stash (that looks like it was made just for this card) and added that layer to the card base.
For the inside of that card I used Lawn Fawn‘s Scripty Sayings and added a little butterfly stamp from a CTMH set, layered that on black and called it done!
My Floral Hugs card was created using one of the blooms from the same Raisin Boat set Growing Love. I stamped the flower in Terra Cotta ink from CTMH and then re-stamped it using Versamark ink. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images and hit it with the heat tool. I ran the paper with the images through my eBosser using a CTMH confetti embossing folder. I fussy cut out the flowers and set aside. I then cut a piece of Amy Tangerine paper I have had FOR…EVER on a bit of an angle and adhered it to the card base. I added the flowers to cover up the seam and stamped Big HUG in Terra Cotta ink from my CTMH Big Hugs stamp set.
For the inside I stamped off that same flower in the Terra Cotta to make a much lighter version and then stamped Thinking of You from the CTMH Seaside Greetings stamp set (also in Terra Cotta). I layered that panel onto the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, added it to the inside of the card and Voila!