Monday, May 23, 2011

Make It Monday Challenge #16



This week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge (details here) is to create a sympathy card. In an eerie coincidence, I just made this one. Eerie because I don't have anyone I've made it for, I just had a feeling that I should have one on hand. I hope it was for this challenge, and not because I will actually need to send it!

I tend to use natural colors and images when making sympathy cards. Most of the ones I've made in the last few years have been for men--I mean, to send to men, on the passing of their wives--so greens, browns, blues and the like are colors I reach for. For women, I also use greens and blues, but softer shades like Ocean Tides and Soft Stone, and I never use black for either. Smokey Shadow is gentler and more hopeful, I think. I also use PTI's add on sympathy set for the loss of pets regularly--that set is a perfect example of PTI's thoughtful and thorough inventory. I mean, who else would think of it?

For this card, I used Kraft, Fine Linen, Ripe Avocado and the patterned paper collection Pacific Vineyards along with the 2009 Anniversary stamp set, Round and Round--an excellent one for sympathy cards, especially when you need one quickly. I can tell that Royal Velvet will be added to my roster of colors for this type of card. I also used the sewing machine, leaving the thread ends long for a rustic look both inside and out. The twine hopefully added to the rustic feel too.

This is a card I would send to a man, or a family, but I could easily make the same exact card with different papers/color choices and a ribbon in place of the twine for a woman. These are cards no one wants to make, but nevertheless are needed. Thanks to PTI for the wonderful products that make this job easier.

Supplies
Stamps: PTI--Round & Round, With Sympathy (inside)
Paper: PTI--Kraft, Fine Linen, Ripe Avocado, Pacific Vineyards
Ink: Versafine--Vintage Sepia; Versacolor--Grape, PTI--Ripe Avocado, Tea Dye Duo; E.P.--Filigree Clear
Misc.: Buttons--PTI Royal Velvet; Embossing Folder--Cuttlebug; Twine--stash; Corner Chomper; Sewing Machine



18 comments:

Leigh said...

Oh, this is lovely! Great job!

steph said...

Very lovely card, Jill! I agree completely about the using neutrals, nice soft neutrals are very calming and soothing. You did a great job!

Inkyfingers said...

This is great - really appropriate for a a sympathy card Jill, and I love all the texture you've got here.

Lindsay said...

This is lovely Jill! Love those colors!

I'm Renee said...

Oh...
this challenge is a hard one.
I find sympathy cards so hard I just usually go to Hallmark (GASP! I know...)
but this is perfect.
I love everything about it!
And noticed you're reading the Sookie's...
fan?
Read them all...:)
We need to chat...
I have a series for you!

Cibele Glazer said...

Your card is perfect! I love the color scheme you chose.

Lorraine said...

Wow, I was going to say boy, you made that quick, lol! Love the natural earthy tones you used!

Chunyuan said...

Nice card. Love the color choice and round and round stamp.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Well done! Pretty card. Like the colors used and the royal velvet buttons!

Stephanie said...

Very pretty, Jill! I love the natural colors and the earthy twine added to the side. Very well done.

Michelle Philippi said...

Jillie Lee Smith - how are ya'?!
Verrrrry good idea to make these sorts of cards when you don't need them...so that you have them when you do...which sucks.... I love your embossed dots....a great touch with the dots on the patterned paper.

Jen said...

Wow! So incredibly beautiful Jill. The inner sentiment is so touching and amazingly apt. I agree this card would work for either a man or a woman and would be just the heartfelt hug with a fold in the middle that would be so appreciated. So wonderful. So Jill.

Anne B said...

I'm with you on colour choices, Jill and I think royal velvet & ripe avocado go beautifully together. Love the sentiment you chose for the inside.

Kelly said...

Such a pretty and thoughtful card. I think that your color choices are perfect and really like that you made the inside pretty as well.

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