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Stampin’ Up! Hold on to Hope Sympathy

The new Hold on to Hope Bundle (Occasions Catalog page 27, available tomorrow) was the basis for this card inspired by Mary over at Stamps ‘n’ Lingers. You can see her card here.

This is a beautiful stamp set and has excellent dies as well. It will become a staple for me. And, it is very versatile, could be used for Baptisms, confirmations, encouragement, Easter….the list goes on.

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I began with a panel of Whisper White card stock and So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Night of Navy inks, sponging the colors randomly for my background.

The card base is Pool Party and the mat is Night of Navy.

Using the dies from the Hold on to Hope Bundle I die cut a Night of Navy cross and an openwork cross in Whisper White, adhering them together with Liquid Glue. Behind the cross is a die cut from Flourish Thinlits, also in Whisper White, and adhered to the sponged panel with Liquid Glue. The layered cross is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White. It is punched with the Everyday Label Punch, with the outer long edges trimmed off with my Paper Snips Scissors. It was just too wide for this card. Using the Melon Mambo and Night of Navy sponges, I sponged the edges of the sentiment label. I used whatever ink remained in the sponge and did not re-ink.

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This, too, was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Hold on to Hope butterfly is stamped in Pacific Point (I thought the Pool Party would be too pale) and cut with the die from the bundle. Liquid Glue adheres the art panel to the mat and into the card base.

On the inside, a stamped-off-once flower spray, also from Hold on to Hope, in Pacific Point serves as a backdrop for the Heartfelt Sympathy sentiment in Night of Navy. I inked the flower spray, stamped it off, then wiped off the three flowers and inked them with my light Rich Razzleberry Blends, then stamped my Whisper White panel.

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I like this little added touch of color. You could use a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker, and I probably would have, if I had had my markers available at the time.

Using the little corner stamp in Hold on to Hope, I stamped the corners of the inside of the card base in Night of Navy, wishing I had the Stamp-A-Ratus to get the placement perfect. But, I don’t, so they are not exactly where I wanted them.

For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I stamped the little butterfly several times in Night of Navy on the front

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and a pair of the same flower spray as on the inside, only in Night of Navy, on the flap.

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I know you will get a lot of good from this Bundle, a must have, in my opinion.

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Card Cuts: Pool Party: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Night of Navy: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, cross 2″ x 3″; Whisper White: panel to sponge 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, cross, sentiment, flourish, butterfly 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

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Hearts Come Home Sympathy

For today’s card I chose to use the Hearts Come Home bundle, which is a Christmas bundle. However, I think it is appropriate for a sympathy card as well.

This is the third iteration of this card, as the first two had major design flaws. I wanted to use the inlay technique and it wasn’t going well. I typically design as I go, with a germ of an idea in mind when I begin. Sometimes the logistics of what I want to do simply do not work!

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I began by cutting two panels of Whisper White card stock, one to paint and one to leave white and cut out. Well, actually, both are cut as you will see.

Using Pacific Point, Perfect Plum, Garden Green and Berry Burst I sponged one of the panel, starting with the Pacific point at the bottom, blending as I moved up, and ending with the Berry Burst at the top.

I thought the horizon (the edge of the snow) should be slightly below the halfway mark. I die cut the Whisper White panel first, then, laying the upper portion over the sponged panel, I lined up the die so they would match perfectly. I then cut the sponged panel, carefully removing it from the Big Shot so that all the little pieces would remain in the die.

The sponged sky and the white lower portion were taped together (perfect fit!) on the back to hold them in place, then I placed a layer of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of this inlaid panel. This adhesive sheet is necessary for all the window and door details to stick into their respective holes. This will be adhered to the card base. Now for the tricky part.

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I positioned the die (with the sponged cut out still in the die) over the white die cut and, using my paper piercing tool, pushed out the small bits and pieces and down into the openings.

After lifting off the die, most of the details were left on the white cut out, more or less in the place where they belonged. I simply used the paper piercing tool to finish the job. They stick nicely to the Adhesive Sheet. The ones that didn’t come out on the first try, did on the second.

The sentiment, from the now retired Strength and Prayers stamp set, was stamped in the ‘snow’ in Night of Navy. Then I peeled off the backing from the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and stuck the finished panel to the Night of Navy card base.

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For the inside, I sponged another panel of Whisper White for the mat, and stamped my sentiment on a liner of Whisper White. This sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, as is the tree. Both are stamped in Night of Navy. This is my ‘go to’ stamp set for sympathy cards. The liner was adhered to the sponged mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

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In looking again at the front, I decided it needed a little something. Hmmm. Stars? Using the stamp from Night in Bethlehem, I stamped it once in Versamark and heat set the Silver Embossing Powder with my heat tool. I did not use the Embossing Buddy, so there are some little sprinkles of silver among the stars, which I rather like.

For the envelope, I used the tree stamp from the Hearts Come Home bundle to stamp a row across the bottom front in Night of Navy.

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For the flap, I used the silicone rubber mat and impressions pad (sizzix accessory) to use the die to emboss the design. It did cut a little, as the envelope is not as thick as card stock, but didn’t cut through enough to ruin the flap. I also stamped some stars in the blank upper right side to finish it.

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Once I worked out the bugs, this was an easy card to do. I like this technique so much, I think I will make a Christmas card with it! I hope you try it. Please leave comments or questions below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: cut 3 (two to sponge, one to die cut) 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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