Thoughtful Branches-Sympathy Card

I have another sample for you with Stampin' Up!'s Thoughtful Branches–it is only available through tomorrow.  Yikes!  I have loved this bundle of stamps and matching framelits like no other and have lots more ideas!  For today's card I used just the stamps for a sympathy card or card given to someone going through a rough time.  We often refer to our handmade cards as "happy mail", but sometimes we need to send "caring, I'm here for you, mail".  

I was greatly inspired by a similar card by Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team member Shannon Lane in Canada. You can see her original post here.  I love her card!  I simplified it to create my own version, and we made this at stamp club this month.  If you are local here in San Antonio, you should check out my stamp club.  Details are here and you can come once at no charge and with no obligation to join.  But we stamp together every month for free, we pool our orders together like a little co-op, and we get free products as a result:)

Thoughtful Sympathy

This card is very fun to make as you layer on various colors to create the background for the stamped trees.  It's amazing what you can do with some Stampin' Up! ink pads, Stamping Sponges, and some Whisper White card stock.  The possibilities are endless!  I loved that each of us at stamp club had a slightly different result.  It's the nature of this type card.  Some of us had lighter colors, some went really deep.  Each of us created a scene to convey our care for someone going through a difficult time.  It doesn't show up in the pic, but we dotted some Wink of Stella to create some snow on the scene as well.  I don't like sparkle on this type card–to me, it's no appropriate for the message being sent.  But Wink of Stella is subtle and brought the perfect finishing touch.

That's it for today.  Thanks so very much for stopping by.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all, and consider trying out my stamp club in San Antonio!  I would love to stamp with you!

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