Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Masculine: With Sympathy

Today's card was inspired by just the sketch @ Fusion Card Challenges and will be entered @ Just For Fun Rubber Stamps "For the Guys", @ Crafty Purple Frog for "Make it Manly", @ Connie Can Crop for "It's a Guy thing", and @ Glitter and Sparkle Challenge for "Father's Day/Masculine". Sadly, this card will be sent to my son-in-law because his grandmother died this past weekend after suffering from dementia for many years. I hope I am able to share some comfort with both he and my daughter during this difficult moment in time.

 The first step in making this fairly simple card was to use a Prima Marketing/Finnabair stencil on the white, A2 side folding card front with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the distress tool. Frog Tape is my new best friend when it comes to using stencils, because it removes so easily!

Next up, I trimmed the brown patterned paper with my CM circle cutting tool set to mimic the card sketch.

Using a sympathy stamp set from Close To My Heart, I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Platinum powder. 

Before adhering the brown paper to the card front with foam pop dots for dimension, I sanded the edges just a tiny bit for a rustic, antiqued look, as you can see in the close-up shot below.

To tone down the stencil and soften the card front, I layered a piece of vellum between the white card base and the brown patterned layer and tied a knot with gold trim I wrapped around the spine of the card.

For the inside, I put to good use the scraps from the front and stamped a sentiment in Momento Rich Cocoa ink. This card is now all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow morning.

Until next time,


  1. Beautiful card! The subtle pattern on the brown patterned paper is perfect for a sympathy card. Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion.

  2. A beautiful creation, for such a sad time

    Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Purple Frog this time, hope to see you joining in with us again real soon
    Hugs Shell xx

  3. I find sympathy cards difficult to make...masculine sympathy even harder. You did a beautiful job with this! Thanks so much for joining us as Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge, It's a Guy Thing. Good luck!

  4. Perfect. Such a sad occasion - and the card has just enough to make itself fit in. Stunning. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us this week at Glitter n Sparkle - Vic, DT X

  5. Your card is beautiful and perfect for a sympathy card. Lovely work! Thanks for sharing it at the Just For Fun challenge. We hope to you back again soon!

  6. You have made the perfect sympathy card. Very classy and I love that you stamped a sentiment on the inside too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at JFF Rubber Stamps! Wendy DT

  7. Love the design on your card. Very elegant yet still masculine. Thank you for sharing your project in the Just For Fun June Challenge.

  8. Lovely card, it is a hard one to make for sympathy, but you did a great job keeping it masculine and beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Just for Fun Rubber Stamps!

  9. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Connie Can Crop!

  10. This is such an elegant card, a super masculine design.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  11. i really likes your blog and You have shared the whole concept really well. and Very beautifully soulful read! thanks for sharing.
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