Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sympathy cards

When I return from a visit to Michigan, my mojo always suffers from a bad case of jet lag. Checked out some challenges to get me creating cuz unfortunately, I needed a few sympathy cards.

Went to CASe this Sketch and saw this.
And the code word at Addicted to CAS is

So it was pretty easy to come up with this card thanks to Winnie and Walter Big, Bold and Comfort and its die.

Then I checked out CAS Mix Up and CASology.



Out came the watercolors in soft shades of gray to make more ombre backgrounds and these cards were born. They are going to DH's cousins who lost their mom.




I masked off areas on the fronts with painters tape before heat embossing and watercoloring (and even splattering on the last card). The first card's image is from Clearly Wordsworth Poetry of the Earth. The second uses Altenew Freeform Greenery. Sentiments are from KartenKunst.


Notice the yellow in the last card? That was in a nod to the November Altenew challenge which celebrates Summer in the Winter - like my Schneewittchen rose that blooms into December in my yard. Sympathy cards in Germany tend to stick to black and white, but Tante Hilde was a bubbly gal so I think a spot of yellow is allowed amidst the gray.

Thanks for coming by today. Have a great Thanksgiving if you're celebrating. Eat some turkey and sweet potatoes (and stuffing and beans and cranberry relish and pumpkin pie and cornbread muffins....) for me too, will ya?


23 comments:

Loll said...

Three very beautiful and creative sympathy cards Maria. Sorry to hear about your DH's aunt, but know that special hand made cards are sure to let his cousins know how much you both are thinking about them. Thanks for sharing at CAS Mix Up. xx

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous sympathy cards, Maria! I love how you created the ombre effect on your first card, and your color combo is beautiful! Loving all of your beautiful watercoloring on your last two cards! Great job combining challenges, too! So glad you played along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

Bonnie said...

Both of these masked cards are amazing, Maria! I love the snowy scene! I can almost feel the cold wind blowing! And the leaves are so pretty! I'm sure your Tante would love the bit of yellow! Thanks so much for sharing these with us at CAS Mix Up!

Colleen Dietrich said...

All beautiful cards, Maria. I'd say your mojo is just fine!
Happy Thanksgiving to you! Will drink a toast to you. :-)

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful sympathy cards...just stunning!

Leigh Penner said...

Gorgeous cards!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

So sorry you needed sympathy cards, but these are very nice! I love the gray ones - so serene! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jo Manna said...

Stunning cards, love the gray ombré card, great composition!
Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

I Card Everyone said...

Outstanding cards, Maria!!!!! OH you know I adore those in shades of grey, with the most perfect shade of yellow added! Gorgeous in every single element!
=]

Jennifer Earley said...

So sorry to read about the loss in your family. Beautiful cards for somber occasions.

alexandra s.m. said...

These are the most beautiful sympathy cards I have ever seen Maria!
Such serenity and elegance!
I'm thinking of you on this Thanksgiving Day and sending you big hugs~

Anita in France said...

Stylish and chic, Maria, all three are wonderful ... the grey and white pair (with a touch of yellow) had me gasping ... they're beautiful ... serene with a real sense of the ethereal, so perfect for sympathy cards. Hugs, Anita :)

Jacquie Southas said...

I'm sorry you are in need of sympathy cards, Maria. I find them hard to make on demand, but these are all lovely and unique, especially the ombre white & gray one in the middle. Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning collection of cards! I'm sure they will be comforting and appreciated!

Greta said...

3 lovely sympathy cards, Maria & I needed some inspiration as I have one to make, too. Really love the last one--beautiful & totally appropriate!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Very beautiful sympathy cards, they are so hard to make.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Viv said...

Such beautiful cards here Maria, what a great selection you made. Sympathy cards are always the hardest to make aren't they!.....re your question about coloured digi images. Yes I use coloured ones or else I colour them myself using layers of other digi images and change the colours myself. HTH ;) Viv xx

Tenia Nelson said...

LOVE these gorgeous cards!!!

Meg said...

Wow - your cards are stunning!

papierelle said...

Großartige Karten zu einem nicht ganz so schönen Ereignis.

Hazel Hodgkins said...

Certainly a stunning collection of sympathy cards, Maria! The subdued grays are very effecting. So glad that you could share with us at CASology this week!

snailzpace said...

thanks so much for popping by maria! these are all lovely sympathy cards; very soft and serene and i love the touch of yellow on the last one. they will all be greatly appreciated.

Hannelie said...

Beautiful cards Maria! Each and everyone in its own special way!
Good to know you found inspiration at CTS. Thanks for joining us!

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