Friday, 14 January 2011

With Sympathy...

Hi Blogland... There comes a time in every crafters life when you need to do the dreaded Sympathy card! Unfortunately on Christmas Day we lost my Uncle. He had been ill for sometime but it really couldn't have come on the worst day.... Whilst we tried to enjoy the day my Dad had to go to the hospital to say his last goodbye's to someone he had grown up with and known for over 70 years... What with the Christmas, the New Years and Bank Holiday's the Funeral has taken some time to arrange but will eventually take place on Monday.It has, and will be a difficult time, but I wanted to share the card I have made.. Initially not for this purpose, but I adapted it to fit the occasion.I started off by taking a piece of Glossy card stock and going over it with an Anti Static Bag to remove any excess moisture and finger prints.I then took a selection of Inks and my Brayerand applied them to the card stock.I then embossed the card with the Sycamore Tree Embossing Folder.Next, I took a 2 way glue pen and some Gilding Flakes.And started adding the glue to the Tree. I prefer to do this in sections as opposed to covering the whole image with glue. The 2 way refers to the fact that the glue comes out Blue (very Wet) and dries Clear (tacky),once the glue has gone tacky, this is the best time to add your Gilding Flakes. I use a soft paint brush to apply the flakes and burnish them to the glue.Repeat this process until the image is covered.I then matted with Gold & Copper Mirror card.Now for the base card. I made a small Easel card for the image to sit on,added a poem I found on the Internet. This tied in very well with the image as the first couple of lines read " Do not weep for I have not gone, I am the wind that shakes the mighty Oak. Ok, the Tree is a Sycamore, but I doubt anyone will notice...Normally I would have mounted the card like this,in fact I had already applied my double sided tape to the back ready to do this. But I thought I would ring the changes a bit..I removed the bottom part of the double sided tapeand de tacked the tape using the Anti Static bag.Hopefully you should be able to make out the difference between the sticky tape at the top and the now un sticky tape at the bottom.So now I could stick the top part of the card to the base as opposed to the bottom part as I normally would. Just to give a different look for a change...And there you go...
Will be back soon with a more cheerful project, thanks for checking us out and see you soon.


  1. So sorry about the loss of your uncle. There is never a good time to lose a loved one, but it is especially hard during the holidays. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!


  2. Sorry about the occasion, but it is a truly lovely card.

  3. Pauline told me about the family loss when I was last in the shop. This is an amazing card for this very sad occasion.

    Toni xx

  4. Sorry to hear of your loss. Your card is exquisite and I'm sure is very much appreciated. Beautiful!

  5. Hello Andy, my sincere sympathy on the loss of your uncle. It is especially hard around the holidays, or anytime to lose a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. BTW, your card is absolutely gorgeous.
    Take care, chat soon.



  6. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This is a beautiful sympathy card and although this must have been difficult for you to make you have accomplished a difficult card perfectly. Thanks for sharing as also in need for these cards.
    Kim xXx

  7. This is an absolutely stunning card and your tutorial is wonderful. thanks.
    So hard to lose a loved one and during the holidays is especially hard. You and your family will be in the hearts and minds of many people.

  8. Sorry to hear of your loss during the holidays.
    Your card is gorgeous and the tutorial amazing.

    The idea for taking part of a poem is inspired. So often it is hard to know where to start or what to say in a sympathy card.