Archive for September 21st, 2008

Twilight-With Sympathy

Michael, my hubby ,asked that I make him some sympathy cards.  Two of his former colleagues from work had passed away and he wanted to send their wives a special card.  Since I did not know either of these ladies and their backgrounds I wanted something fitting but right.  Something that would appeal to a woman without being to fussy, but convey the sentiment Mike wanted to deliver.

I pulled out the new Marcella Hawley set Forest of Trees, a set I just love.


  My next step was paper and colors. 

 Elegant Eggplant

Perfect Plum

Pale Plum

Blush Blossom

Blush Blossom, Perfect Plum and White cardstock


Now to work:  I cut my base card to an A2 size (4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) out of the Blush Blossom.  Next I cut the next layer from the Perfect Plum reducing the size of the sheet by 1/4″ all around and finally cutting my white cardstock again reducing the size of the white to 1/4 ” smaller that the Perfect Plum.  I scored the card and placed in a nice edge using my Teflon bone folder.  Now I am ready to stamp.  This is a simple technique I know that many of you have used, but for those that have not done this before here are the details:

1st -I stamped my center tree.  I have chosen the tree in winter–the leafless one and stamped it in Perfect Plum, stamped off once on scrap paper.


The card on the right is my actual cardstock.  It looks a yellowish against the copy bright white paper.  Then I stamped the image again using Pale Plum and so it looks like this now:


Just the slightest variation in the colors will make a lot of difference in just a few steps.

Now to add some more trees.  This time I am using the tree from the set that looks as if it has leaves and I stamped it in Purple Plum for a bit more distinction in the trees.

So now we have some depth in our trees.  This is important for the eye.  It needs a focus image, images that are forward and some more distant.  In the next step I will actually drop in a line across the paper to give us a definitive horizon and then another in the distance.

  So here is what that looks like.

I used my sponge and reinker of Blush Blossom and streaked it across the cardstock in several horizontal lines.  Next I will add in the Pale Plum and Perfect Plum for more of the sunset at twilight look.   I still need more definition so will add more Perfect Plum and for the real depth, I pulled out Bordering Blue.  It has a wonderful smoky blue cast that will be perfect to that final touch on our horizon line. 

             There I think that our scene is just right…Not to worry, it will look perfect in just a moment.  So I am now assembling my layers, white with scene, Perfect Plum, and card base of Blush Blossom.  I used a scrap of Blush Blossom and stamped the sentiment in Perfect Plum, layered it behind with Perfect Plum affixed it to the card with dimensionals, added a lavender Kaiser Pearl, that I touched up with Perfect Plum marker, tied on a sheer organza lite pink ribbon and here is the finished product.


I think any lady would be pleased to receive this card….at least I hope so anyway.  Mike just walked in the Atelier and he likes it..Yes, Mikie likes it!  It’s a wrap for me. 

I am so honored that you stopped in the Atelier today and watched over my shoulder.  I hope you got something to take away with you.  Thanks for coming.  Come again soon.  If you have not subscribed to my blog, I invite you to do so…it’s easy.


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