She had letters and cards from decades ago - including letters from her sister, who had recently passed away. She spent a lot of time reading over them and finding some treasures.
I haven't written an actual letter in a long time, but I remember stationery, and writing letters and trying to focus on my handwriting.
A different time, for sure. There won't be boxes of emails to look through, that's for sure.
Send those cards out.
I've had to make a few sympathy cards lately, and those are harder cards to make. I think as cardmakers, we want to make sure particularly those are perfect and send the right message.
For me, that means abstraction, and so that's what I did for these two.
Remember the Duoprinting with Chlorophyll video? This technique is one of my faves for sympathy cards. This particular plant had a hint of purple in it, so I made the card base Wild Lilac. The sentiment (love this scripty font) is from this set, stamped in Nocturne in the MISTI.
Sometimes when you have a new photopolymer stamp that's a sentiment, and it hasn't been inked yet so it's hard to align - you can do this little trick. Put your card base down in the MISTI, and take the imaging sheet from the stamp, which is so much easier to see. Align that sheet on your card so the sentiment is straight, hold it down with a magnet, line up the stamp on top of the sheet, close the lid and pick up the stamp. Just a little trick that makes it easier for this old blind lady.
Next, staying with abstraction, I thought I'd be brave and try a little Eclipse technique on a hand painted landscape. I used Kyanite (a sparkly blue grey - you can see some of the sparkles on the mountain), Moonglow, Jadeite, Mummy Bauxite and Mayan Dark Blue on a piece of watercolor paper I had sprayed with water so the colors would move on their own. Just a few strokes and it sort of looked landscapey. I let it dry and then I used this heart die to cut that panel as well as three more from white cardstock. I had noticed that most of the sentiments in this set fit inside that heart, so that was perfect. I matted the watercolor paper with black, attached that to the card base, and then glued all the hearts together and glued them into the opening on the watercolor paper. The sentiment was stamped in Nocturne on top. This is the perfect sympathy set with 21 sentiments and some beautiful images, that come with this matching die set.
Hope you're having a great week - it's COLD here. Much colder than normal.