Sympathy cards are not my favourite to make, but I try to have a few in my box to have on hand when needed. To make this card I used the “Ghosting” technique (no pun intended). This technique gives a soft image (see the white flowers) and depending on the colours or effect you are looking for you can decide on whether you only want a subtle 2toned effect or if you want to add another colour (see darker blue flowers) to add more contrast.
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All the supplies used to make this card are from Stampin’ Up. The Colours of cardstock used are Blue Bayou and Baha Breeze I also used Glossy cardstock. Ink colours used are Blue Bayou and Baha Breeze. Punches used to make the label are also from Stampin’ Up. The stamps used are also all from Stampin’ UP.
Using Versa Mark ink I stamped the flower image several times on Glossy cardstock. Let the Ink dry. Using a sponge or a brayer (I use a brayer) cover the entire piece of Glossy cardstock with your desired ink (I used Stampin Up Baha Breeze die ink). Next, you will buff the cardstock with a soft cloth, the ink over the stamped image will buff off leaving a white image. You can leave it like this or you can stamp another image next to your “ghosted image” in a contrasting ink (I stamped the flowers in Blue Bayou). It will take a few minutes for the ink to dry on the glossy cardstock so set aside so you don’t get any fingerprints on the panel. HINT the longer you leave your Versa Mark to dry the more defined your image will look.
To finish off the card I matted my stamped image onto a Blue Bayou matt, then adhered that to a Baha Breeze card base. The card base was run through my big shot with a swirly embossing folder with only the front half of the card in the folder. Then adhered the card base to another Blue Bayou matt. I really like the contrasting colours. Then I stamped “sympathy” with Blue Bayou ink onto a Baha Breeze cardstock and punched it out with a word window punch and then attached that to a Blue Bayou label and adhered that to the card.