Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases and more

Today’s card is a sympathy card with a stamped background, painted vellum and embossing. Here are the details.


I began by deciding to use Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron (retired) for my colors. Originally I thought Berry Burst and Powder Pink, but it was too bright and too feminine looking for a sympathy card.

I have to tell you that this is my second iteration…the first was TOTALLY not what I was aiming for. I used the rose from Graceful Garden and didn’t like it at all. I stamped the vellum, embossed it in silver, painted it and it was just too big and cumbersome looking. I then settled on this little flower from Flowering Fields, another retired set from the Occasions catalog.

Again, I stamped the flower on vellum in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Silver Embossing powder. After it cooled I turned it to the back side and colored in the image with Berry Burst and Powder Pink Stampin’ Write markers for the flower, and Tranquil Tide for the leaves and stem. I think however, that next time I will try the flower in the Butterfly Basics set, or maybe purchase another set with the perfect flower!


OK, on with the show. I Snailed the vellum to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then set it aside to make the frame.

Flourishing Phrases has a nice swirly floral that I stamped in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron card stock. It looked a little plain, so I used a white gel pen to color in the berries, or buds, or whatever they are. I liked that effect. I cut a window in this piece with the largest oval in the Layering Ovals framelits.

Using the two largest ovals I cut a narrow frame from Mint Macaron Card stock, which I adhered to the stamped piece with liquid glue, carefully aligning it with the opening.

Using Fast Fuse, I adhered the vellum art panel to the back of the stamped frame and liquid glued this to the card base.

For the sentiment, I used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, stamping it in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White card stock. Using the Pretty label punch, I punched out the sentiment, then made two more in Tranquil Tide.


Offsetting the Tranquil Tide, I dry arranged them at the back of the sentiment. It just didn’t quite look the way I wanted, so I cut a rectangle from Tranquil Tide, liquid glued it to the back of the sentiment and fussy cut around it. Oh, so much better! Adding some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back, this was placed on the front of the card just below the flower. This finished the front. I saved the Tranquil Tide pieces for a future project.

The inside received a stamped off once Flourishing Phrases design in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron card stock. Over this I stamped the sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers set in Tranquil Tide.


This panel was glued to a Whisper White mat and into the card base. The card is finally done!

The envelope got the same stamped off once image and the flap was finished with a piece of stamped Mint Macaron card stock.

envelope flap

I hope you like this card. While it is not exactly what I saw in my mind’s eye, the finished product is acceptable.

Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide:  card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Mint Macaron:  stamped panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside 4″x 5-1/4″, oval frame 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, Envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 5-3/4″; Whisper White: backing for vellum 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;  Vellum: art piece 3-3/4″ x 5″.

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