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Hello! Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. I design and create handcrafted greeting cards. I like to call this passion of mine "visual poetry" ....imagery on paper. Please feel free to browse the photos of my cards and leave a comment.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sympathy Oval

Hello, everyone! I'm so saddened to say that I needed to create a sympathy card for a former co-worker and friend who very recently lost her beloved husband. I hope it lets her and her family know that they are in everyone's thoughts and prayers.

I think this is a very CAS card yet has a touch of elegance. It is a one layer card with both the base and single layer being white.

For the one single layer I first computer generated my sentiment. Next, I stamped my image (GKD Elegant Florals) in Versamark and embossed it with clear EP.  Then I used Spellbinders Elegant Ovals to emboss around my image and sentiment. Before removing the die, I applied the "Emboss Resist" technique using Memento Desert Sand ink. (For those who aren't familiar with this technique, click on this link for a video tutorial at Stamp TV).

When this layer was completed, I adhered it to my base card and added 3 small pearls in the upper left corner just to add that final touch.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great and creative day!

This card was entered into the following  challenge(s):

Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #130 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time  -  Challenge #210 - Anything Goes
Sister Act  -  Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #69 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls  - Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #229 - Anything Goes
MFP Speedy TV  -  Simple Salutations Challenge #95
Sentimental Sundays  -  Challenge #204 - CAS
Dies R Us  -  Challenge #1 - Anything Goes


Rachael Evans said...

Simply beautiful, gorgeous use of the resist technique and embossing - very elegant! thanks for sharing this with us at Sentimental Sundays x

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Tasteful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Absolutely stunning Olga and I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I need to create some sympathy cards for my stash ... mind if I borrow this idea ... just beautiful and comforting!
Thanks so much for playing in our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Team Leader)

Andie Miller said...

Lovely card, even if it is a sad reason to make it! You used the resist technique to great advantage on this card. I'm glad to have found you through Word Art Wednesday's challenge!

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Gracie CH said...

So nicely done! It is one gorgeous, elegant sympathy card. I'm sorry for your friend's loss. Hopefully your beautiful card will bring the family a little comfort. Your card is lovely. Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Dies R Us.

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Vicki robertson said...

Gorgeous CAS sympathy card. Beautiful embossing. Thanks for joining the Dies R Us May Challenge, "Anything Goes"!

~ginny said...

Olga - an absolutely beautiful card - elegant and perfect for your friend. You have some wonderful skills - your card designs are always creative and beautiful!
Thank you so much for again sharing your project & creativity at our house!
~ginny, DT for 613 Ave Create:
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verybellemakes said...

Such an elegant card. Love the little touches of detail. Thank you for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge, hope to see you again very soon.

Victoria DT

verybellemakes said...

Hi, just popping by with another DT hat on....Thank you for joining Crafty Girls Challenge, hope to see you again very soon.

Victoria DT

Annemaritta said...

Olga, this is very stylish with dignity and sophistication. Thank you for sharing this. It's nice to see you joining Crafty Catz Challenge this week, good luck :)
Annie - Crafty Catz GDT

Susan Sieracki said...

Olga, this card is just beautiful. It's always hard having to make sympathy cards, but you did it beautifully and your friend will cherish it. You are a seriously great crafter.

Mirella Diaz-Kaleem said...

beautiful and elegant card, Olga!!! wonderful job. Thank you so much for joining us in our Clean and Simple challenge over at Sentimental Sundays !
Mirella DK
DT Sentimental Sundays (Cute and Crafty Cards by Mirella)

CG said...

Amazing card, I know it will give your friend at least a moment of comfort. Your techniques are fabulous, this is such a wonderful card. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT last week, hope you'll join us this week for a brand-new challenge. Best, CG

Nicole Setter said...

A lovely elegant card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting from the Heart.
Cheers Nicole DT

Robin said...

I just love using dies for embossing! Your is simple and elegant! Nice use of dies! Thanks for participating in our "Anything Goes" Challenge!

tilly said...

this is a beautiful card which will be appreciated, thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Catz

Steph said...

Elegant card - love the embossing. Thanks for joining us at MFP Simple Salutations.

Cathy P. said...

It's a sad occasion when a sympathy card is needed. This one is sure to bring comfort. It's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your card at the Sister Act Card Challenge . Cathy xx

Anna Jasiolek said...

Very elegant and sophisticated card. Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Catz and we would love to see you again.
Anna xxx