Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I had to make a sympathy card for hubby's granddaughter. We're so grateful she made the trip when she did even though the baby was so young as I know it's helping her work through the grieving process.  I want my sympathy cards to be simple but beautiful--not at all showy.  As I was looking for inspiration, I came across these cards done by Elizabeth Allen that I had in my Flickr Favorites.  My card is nothing like these, but they did inspire me to use a small watercolored background with a dark image on top going beyond the colored area.  I began by brushing plain water onto the watercolor paper.  I tapped Distress Inks bundled sage, pumice stone & weathered wood onto an acrylic block & used my water brush to add them to the paper.  The floral image is from Penny Black's Illumination set & is stamped in Versafine Smokey Gray. I added a thin green mat & mounted it to a card made from PTI Vintage Cream cardstock.  The sentiment is from PTI Through The Trees.  On the inside I used this Verses stamp of Flavia's quote.  I bought this stamp as soon as I saw it knowing it's one I would use.  I loved Flavia years ago & even had checks with her quotes.  This will be another entry in The Wonder of Watercolor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Hope you're having a lovely day.
  

13 comments:

walchowDesign said...

It's never nice to make sympathy card, Greta! But looking on the bright side, love the muted bg watercolour with the flower!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I am so sorry you had to make a sympathy card but your card is so soft and beautifully designed!!
blessings,
Chris

Lisa said...

These are not easy cards to make. But you've done a beautiful job Greta ;)

rcwidow (Linda) said...

simply lovely!

joy said...

So very soft and muted; love this card and the sentiment is perfect. My sympathy to your granddaughter.

I, too, loved Flavia and have a big 3 inch ring binder and the cover hasone of her beautiful designs on it. (Keep my ATC's in it.)

Bonnie said...

I'm so sorry you needed a sympathy card, Greta. This is perfect! Understated and classic!

Barb Murphy said...

It's obvious that a lot of love went into your design Greta. I'm sorry for your loss and send prayers to you and your loved ones. The techniques and execution of your design are fabulous. Beautiful!

Dawn Turley said...

So very elegant Greta. I think you are so right about simple but beautiful for sympathy cards and you managed this perfectly.

Stacy said...

I don't think that sympathy are easy to make but I know your granddaughter will appreciate this card. It is so pretty and the colors are soothing and the text font is appropriate for the theme of the card.

Rosemary said...

this is one of the most beautiful sympathy cards I have ever seen, greta!! simply amazing, my friend!

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh, Greta, I'm so sorry for her loss too - but I'm so glad she made the trip. Your card for her is elegant & beautiful, and that sentiment is so perfect. I love the watercolour background technique - I want to try that :)

sheila said...

this is one of the nicest sympathy cards I have ever seen! Beautiful job Greta.

cm said...

Hi Greta ~ As the others have mentioned, the 'reason' for sympathy cards is always difficult, especially since this situation is so close to you and your husband. My heart goes out to your grand-daughter. Your card is lovely, and most certainly made with - and given as a gesture of - love. Beautiful.
c