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Heartfelt Thoughts (SSD108 Challenge)

Earlier this week, a family friend lost her father. I knew I had to make a Sympathy card and I had NO IDEA where to begin. I wanted it to be regal looking but also simple. I thought that this week’s Skipping Stone Desgin Challenge was the perfect match up.

The base started as a piece of Kraft Cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and folded at 4 ¼”. I pulled out a Recollections paper pad that I bought on Black Friday and pulled out the damask brown and teal papers. I thought these were definitely regal enough for this project.

The bottom light blue layer is 1” x 5” and the brown mat is 1/8” wider and is inked with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. The damask is 2 ¼” x 3 ¾” with the brown mat 1/8” wider and inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. The white cardstock is 2 ¾” X 3 ¼” again with the brown being 1/8” wider and is inked with Iced Spruce Distress Ink and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

For the background on the card and top layer, I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a Retired CTMH stamp set. For the background I went all around the edges first and then filled in the centers. For the white cardstock I went around and did 2nd and 3rd generation stamping with the same image. I love how it looks!

I put down all the layers but the top and cut a slit on the side for the seam binding tape to go through once I saw where it needed to be placed based on the bow being tied. I then got the sentiment stamped in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using two different stamp sets. {Heartfelt- Say it In Style by CTMH; Thoughts- Random Stampin’ Up stamp}

Once all of the layers were down, I tied to the bow and affixed a glue dot underneath it to hold down the bow. I have learned this helps out SO much! I also added some pearls to the top left and then some bling to the bottom right to give a nice visual line across the card. The final touches were going around with the Bic Ultra Fine Marker and giving the top and bottom layer a bit more pop.

I hope you like this card and come play along at Skipping Stone Designs!

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