It is an unfortunate truth that we sometimes need to send someone a sympathy card. I can tell you from personal experience that a handmade card with a sincere sentiment and thoughtful handwritten note means a great deal to the receiver. Today’s card is from the Heal Your Heart stamp from the Sale-a-Bration catalog and available for free with a $50 purchase until the end of February. If you have a running wish list (like I do) now is the time to put in an order so you can get free products from the Sale-a-Bration catalog before the campaign ends.

Supplies

  • Heal Your Heart stamp set
  • Night of Navy cardstock
  • So Saffron cardstock
  • Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper
  • Gold foil paper
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Gold Glittered gem dots
  • VersaMark stamp pad
  • Stitched Nested Labels dies
  • Heat tool
  • Liquid glue or Stampin’ Seal
  • Bone folder

Measurements and Instructions

  • Cut Night of Navy card base 5 /2″ x 8 1/2″
    • Score on the long side at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″
    • Fold the score lines in a mountain and valley fold and burnish with bone folder
  • Cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere them to the first two panels like in the photo below.
  • Cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock 2 1/2″ x 4″ and wipe it with a used dryer sheet or embossing buddy if you have one to remove any static before embossing.
  • Select the Wishing I could heal your heart sentiment and stamp it onto the piece of So Saffron cardstock using VersaMark ink.
  • Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the stamped image and tap it off into a coffee filter or sheet of paper so you can funnel the unused powder back into the container. Tap on the back of the cardstock to flick off any stubborn flakes of embossing powder and use a small art brush to clean around the image if needed.
  • Apply heat from the heat tool until the powder melts and you can see the gold shine.
  • Select a Stitched Nested Label die that is wide enough on the top and bottom for the sentiment not to be cut off, then run it through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine.
  • Next, select a slightly larger Nested Label die and using a scrap of gold foil paper, run that through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine.
  • Apply dimensionals to the back of the So Saffron die cut piece with the sentiment on it and adhere it to the die cut gold foil paper, as shown below.
  • Using the 5 1/4″ x 4″ So Saffron piece of cardstock, stamp the inside sentiment “Sorry for Your Loss” in Memento Tuxedo black in. I tried embossing the inside sentiment but I couldn’t get it to look right. So, I used the more-straightforward black ink, which I think looks perfectly fine.
  • As a last step, I attached some Gold Glittered Enamel Dots on the label – for visual interest, but also to cover a couple of tiny blemishes. They really do the trick when you need to cover a tiny boo boo.
  • And here is another picture of the finished card front.
  • In this image, the gold embossing stands out as well as the gold foil behind the sentiment layer.

This was a simple, but lovely card to make. I hope you like it enough to make it or use it as inspiration to create your own design. Thank you for stopping by to take a look, and happy stamping!

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