Friday, April 8, 2016

Just Add Ink #306 - Rose Wonder Sympathy

Welcome to another Just Add Ink Challenge. This week the theme of the challenge is Sympathy cards. The ladies over at JAI have created a stunning aray of sympathy cards that are perfect to convey your sentiments if there is ever such a time when you need to send a Sympathy card.

When I was making this card I was reminded by a passage in the Bible from Ecclesiasties :1 - 8

'A Time for Everything'.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
 a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace..."
(New International Version)
If you would like to know some information about this passage, check it out here.

This passage tells us about the 'Circle of life' and while we love to celebrate with others when new life is born there is a proper time for everything, even  mourning when our loved ones pass away.

It is a good idea to have some Sympathy cards on hand ready to go. We may not always feel like making the Sympathy cards when we need them but if they are ready to go then its quick and easy to get them sent out.

I didn't want to make my card all black but I still wanted to convey sense of respect by not making it super bright. So I've gone with greys and a little pop of So Saffron.

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I've embossed the rose image from the Rose Wonder stamp set with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then coloured it in using an Aqua Painter and the Whisper White Craft Ink. You just pick up the ink from the lid of ink pad (after you give it a squeeze) with an aqua painter and 'paint' it on.  Make sure that your Aqua Painter isn't too wet and also make sure that when laying down the ink that you don't make the card stock too wet. The card stock will pill and ball up if you put down too much moisture.

I've hand stitched the Gold Metallic thread around the edge by first using my Paper Piercer and the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to punch a border and then used the thread to stitch it through. I have used the Gold Metallic Thread in the sewing maching but hand stitching seems to work best with the Gold Metallic Thread. 

I didn't want to embellish the card too much so I've embossed a 'With Sympathy' sentiment, also from the Rose Wonder stamp set, in Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, finished off with a butterfly with a little touch of clear Wink of Stella.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and that you will come along and play at Just Add Ink this week. For all the details on this weeks challenge and to see the projects from the Design Team, click here. Remember to mention Just Add Ink in your post.

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  1. Rochelle this is stunning! I love that you used whisper white to colour the rose and hand stitched!!!! the gold border. It's elegant, soothing and very special! xxx

  2. This is so pretty and elegant Rochelle. The vellum sentiment layer and butterfly add a subtle softness and I love the pop of colour and your gold hand stitching. Yes, He has indeed made a time for everything xx

  3. Really beautiful Rochelle. The colours and white craft ink colouring are perfect, but the hand stitched gold is just amazing and the perfect finishing touch. xx

  4. I love your understated card, Rochelle. I completely agree that less is definitely more when it comes to sympathy cards. The vellum is perfect here, and you have the patience of a Saint to hand stitch the pretty gold edge. xxx

  5. This is such a beautiful card Rochelle, I love the white embossing with the white colouring. And the stitched gold border is just the perfect touch of elegance.

  6. Your card is beautiful Rochelle~and your hand stitched border is AMAZING!


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