Butterfly Sympathy

#520 – Photo Inspiration Week
PP475 – A Sketch Challenge

I figured if I have to make sympathy cards, I may as well ensure that one of them at least fit a challenge. In this case I managed to make it fit two one at JUGS and one at PaperPlayers. I started with the sketch and an idea and then incorporated some of the colours and the butterflies from the JUGS photo. I realize from the photo that it is hard to see the detail although in RL it is quite obvious. Firstly I stamped two sets of leaves from a new SSS set using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink over which I heat embossed in pink. I did this a couple of times to get a better impression but it is quite a pale effect on the kraft cs. Then I stamped the sentiment in black and when dry went over it with a Sakura jelly roll glitter pen. Using some cs in the pink and purple I went over it with the soft shine of my rose gold shimmer stick. Once that was dry I stamped the butterflies using wilted violet distress ink and stamps from a StampinUp set called Kinda Electic. I like these butterflies quite a lot, but the detail they give isn’t as apparent on the photo. After fussy cutting them out I added them as shown to the front panel. After adding a thin black border I adhered it all to the card front. With a little bit of bling and a small amount of perfect pearl onto the leaves there is a subtle shimmer to the whole card. Wish I could take photos of the shimmer. Hubby probably could but I’d be waiting at least a week for him to actually get to and I’m not willing to wait.

I also did this one but not for any challenges and it is dry embossed with the tiny die cut butterflies from SSS. The following one is in a larger format so my hubby can get all the club members to sign it.

I used a spotlight technique and some masking on this one and am pleased with the result. The heat embossing on this one is almost a coppery colour and I really like the powder. It is a new one and I hadn’t used it until this card. Stamp sets are from CTMH.

22 thoughts on “Butterfly Sympathy

  1. Beautiful cards. I especially like the first ones. I agree with Jan that sympathy cards are always hardest to do, but butterflies are always perfect since they symbolize immortality.

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    1. I like butterflies for a sympathy card and I like dragonflies as well. They just seem so ephemeral to me. Glad you like these.

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    1. Thanks Golda – Often I have a few already made in my stash as I find them easier to make when I don’t need one. This time I had to just sit down and do them – much harder.

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  2. All beautiful. I love butterflies and they do make great sympathy cards. It is sad when we need so many, but sometimes it happens. This will definitely bring comfort.

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    1. Thanks Lisa – If I’m doing sympathy cards and I’m not emotionally involved it is easier. In this case it affects my emotions so it was a lot harder to do. We can’t live life without experiencing death, but it isn’t easy to accept at times.

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  3. Thanks Gayle – Wish I didn’t have to make these, but life throws unexpected situations at us on a regular basis. Glad you like them. I’ve never done the spotlight technique before but always wanted to try it.

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  4. Your flight of butterflies on the first card are lovely, and perfect for the sketch challenge at The Paper Players. Sympathy cards are definitely the most difficult to make, so you’re wise to work in advance. So glad you joined our challenge this week!

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  5. Beautiful cards! Each of them will be a comfort to the recipients, and you are so wise to make them up before needed. I LOVE the butterfly card. It’s perfect for the sketch. Thank you so much for sharing at The Paper Players this week!

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  6. I love the pop of colour that those butterflies add along with the background detail of the glittery foliage. Thanks for playing along with my sketch challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

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