Friday, November 7, 2014

Second Generation Stamping With Sympathy Card

I made this card with my aunt, who recently passed, as my inspiration. She is my father's sister whom I met about 30 years ago. We kept our ties intact during holidays when we would send Christmas cards to each other.

I have never done a sympathy card, so this was a bit of a challenge for me. I looked through blog challenges to get some ideas, and I did find one. I wanted to keep the card simple as the photo inspiration. I also like how the blog designer, Tasnim, interpreted the photo inspiration

At first, I was trying a water spritzing technique to mute down the black dye ink wherein I spritz water to the stamp after inking it. It still came out too bold. Who would know that my first stamp pad in my collection will do this muted effect using second generation stamping. I used the Color It Pigment Ink by Ranger. I also eyeballed the flowers to stamp it on the black note card using white pigment ink. The big flowers were heat embossed using clear powder. For the sentiment, I stamped it using Versamark ink, applied white embossing powder, then heat set it. For embellishment, I used My Mind's Eye enamel dots. To add another color to this black and white card, I spritz the card with pastel pink spray. I am not sure if you you can see it in the photo below.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Paper: white carstock, Hero Arts black Notecard
Stamp: Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies, Paper Smooches Recipe For Success, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Ink: Color It black pigment, Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment, Versamark 
Embossing powder: clear, white
Die: Avery Elle Custom Panels Elle-ments
Embellishment: My Mind's Eye enamel dots
Spray: Prima Color Bloom Cotton Candy
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  1. WOWOWOWOWOW!! I LOVE this card!! Such an AWESOME take on the Challenge Photo!! I LOVE the Design!! THANKS SO MUCH for playing along with us over on the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Blog and I hope you'll join us again next week!! =) Have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  2. This is lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with the Thinking of You Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  3. oh wow your card is awesome !!
    You should share it on the LiaStampz challenge too! the theme is Black white and 1other color. You should check it out:


    1. Thank you for the comment. Thank you for mentioning the blog. Thank you also for viewing my blog. I guess I would like to send you a lot of thanks!

    2. haha! you're so sweet Clemente!

      Nice to see you've joined the challenge :)

  4. Awesome your take on inspiration!

  5. Beautifully bold and simple Maria...great demonstration of the second generation stamping technique - thanks for playing along with the Runway Inspired Challenge ;-)

  6. This is such a great take on her dress! Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at the Runway Inspired Challenge!

  7. This is love!
    Thanks for sharing this us at Lia Stampz. Good luck!
    Lia Stampz Challenge Blog DT

  8. A beautiful sympathy card. I love how the flowers extend over onto the black card base. Thank you so much for honoring Oscar de la Renta with us on the Runway!