Last week my sister-in-law lost her 21 month battle with brain cancer. While we knew the end was near it still came as a shock to hear she had finally passed. She inspired everyone with her courage and determination to fight to the end, and she will be very much missed. So this morning I sat down to create a sympathy card using the Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set and Woven Threads Designer Series Paper (DSP).
I began by choosing the Pretty Peacock design from the Woven Threads DSP pack, and cut a piece 4″ x 5-1/4″.
Initially I planned to make my card base from Thick Whisper White Card but changed my mind and used Pretty Peacock Card instead. So then I decided to add a Whisper White layer between the DSP and the card base.
First I cut the Whisper White Card to 4″ x 5-1/4″, then I reduced the DSP piece to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. Once that was done, I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the DSP to the Whisper White layer and then attach the assembled piece to the card base.
WOVEN HEIRLOOMS SENTIMENTS
Next I turned to the Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set and stamped the “Thinking of you” sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White Card using Pretty Peacock ink.
Then on a layer of Whisper White Card I stamped the larger sympathy sentiment in the centre before using liquid glue to fix it inside the card base.
Now I had one last bit of stamping to do, decorate the Whisper White Medium Envelope. For this I simply stamped the larger decorative flourish image onto the centre of the flap with Pretty Peacock ink.
All that was left was to finish the front of the card.
First I used liquid glue to fix the sentiment strip to a piece of Vellum Cardstock. Then I found the 1/8″ scraps left over from where I’d trimmed down the DSP piece. Using liquid glue I added these on either side of the sentiment.
As I was playing with the layout I decided I needed a little more white to act as a contrast to the dark background. My first thought was Whisper White Baker’s Twine, but it was too ‘basic’, so I picked up some Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon instead.
I couldn’t decide how to incorporate the ribbon, until I started picking at the threads and pulled a few out. Unlike the Baker’s Twine, these threads had texture, which was exactly what I wanted.
So I put Mini Glue Dots in each corner on the back of the Vellum and used them to secure two pairs of flax threads.
Finally I took four more of the flax threads, tied them in a simple loose knot, and pressed it flat. Then with a Mini Glue Dot I attached the knot to the bottom pair of threads.
All I had left to do was attach the assembled sentiment to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals and my project was complete.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, here’s a couple of other blog posts where I used the Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set:
BUNDLE BONUS – The Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set used today can be purchased by itself, or as part of a bundle with the Heirlooms Frames Dies and 3D Embossing Folders. Buying coordinating products using the special bundle item number will save you 10% off the cost of getting them separately. So even though I didn’t use the dies or embossing folders today, I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.