Monday, November 21, 2022


It is a new week so you know that that means.  It is time for a new featured Bundle of the Week, and this week I am going to be using a favorite bundle from the current Annual Catalog, Nature's Prints.  I love it because it is versatile and can be used for many different occasions.

Today's Sympathy card combines two techniques that were previously demonstrated on Connect to Create.  

For today's card I used a card base from Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam Cards & Envelopes which was one of the FREEBIES from the last Sale-A-Bration.  I could just have easily used Soft Seafoam Cardstock, but since I had them, I thought I may as well use them.

The background was made with Polished Pink, Coastal Cabana and Soft Seafoam ink using the Plastic Wrap Water Coloring Technique that Kathi Ondus demonstrated recently on our Connect to Create YouTube Collaboration.  If you missed the video, check it out.  This technique makes beautiful backgrounds.

After creating the Plastic Wrap background, I added some lines of glided leafing to give it a little sparkle.  

There are many ways to apply Gilded Leafing to your cards and I demonstrated three ways in a Connect to Create video on November 9. For this card, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen method which was the 2nd method shown in the video. If you missed the video, you can watch it below or access it at this link.

The large Coastal Cabana Leaf on the card front also uses Method 2 to apply some Gilding Leafing accents to the leaves.

The sympathy sentiment is from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set.  When I initially purchased this stamp set it was part of a bundle that included dies to create a grove of trees.  Those dies have been retired, but I was so happy when I saw that the sentiment stamp set carried over into the current Annual Catalog.  The fonts are clean and simple and there are a variety of great sentiments for various occasions.  I find myself reaching for this set often.

On today's card, I wanted to minimize the size of the sentiment so as not to cover up the pretty background, so I just fussy cut it, but for those that dislike fussy cutting, the Inspired Thoughts sentiments are sized to fit a variety of punches and dies from other sets.

The inside sentiment is also from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set.  Both sentiments are embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

If you would like to recreate this card, I recommend watching the videos to learn the techniques, but I also have a written tutorial for you with all the dimensions and step-by-step assembly instructions.

You can find more information on the products I used by clicking on any of the products in the Product List below.  You will be taken to my on-line Stampin' Up! store where you can see all the details.

Product List

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