Photo Sympathy Card

Photo Sympathy Card


(I made this card in May and am just posting photo now…)

Sadly, my Aunt Carol passed away on this past Mother’s Day after battling cancer for the past few years. Her never wavering positive attitude and fighting spirit was truly inspirational.

She and my uncle and cousin loved Gettysburg and went there often.  I made this card for them with a photo (used with permission) of a Path near the Virginia Memorial in Gettysburg National Park (photo by Marc Andre).  They recognized the scene immediately and said it was one of their favorite spots.

I knew I wanted to make a Gettysburg themed card for them and thought this scene would be the perfect backdrop, but I was not quite sure how to incorporate it into a card design.  I didn’t want to cover the image, so I opted to keep the card simple by just embossing the beautiful sentiment and frame over it.  The frame is from the “Inspiration Mosaic” stamp set (one of my favorites) and the sentiment is from the “A Beautiful Life” set which are both by Gina K Designs.  The images were stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with Gina K gold embossing powder.  The photo panel (photo printed on white card stock) was mounted on Gina K Honey Mustard card stock.

My Aunt was a fellow card maker, and I enjoyed sharing my hobby with her.  She will be missed.

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Layered Thinking of You

Layered Thinking of You


This project features a layered greeting panel cut with the Gina K “Fabulous Label” die set.

To create the pattern on all of the Gina K Honey Mustard card stock, I used a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz (shown below) with Gina K Honey Mustard ink.  I just randomly and repeatedly stamped the image (overlapping) until the whole panel was covered.  This leaf image worked well because it was not completely solid and allowed for a nice mix of ink (heavy and light) and open space.  The “tone on tone” stamping makes the pattern very subtle.

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(I used the stamp on the bottom right corner.)

To create the paper for the little leaves around the greeting, I repeated the process above but with Gina K Faded Brick card stock and Charcoal brown ink.  Once the panel was stamped, I used a small Recollections Oak Leaf Punch (5/8 inch) to cut out the leaves.

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The burlap paper was store bought, but it was an unmarked piece from my scrap box so I don’t know who made it.

I added a bit of texture to my project  with the “Fall Leaf Background” embossing folder by Darice.  Once that panel was embossed, I lightly ran the Honey Mustard ink pad over the surface to darken the raised areas a bit.

The edges were inked with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

In addition to the Honey Mustard panels, I also used Gina K Pure Ivory card stock.  The label die set does not have a die to create the ivory mat around my embossed panel, but if you cut the (ivory) die cut up the center and position the two halves beyond either side of a whole (embossed) piece, it creates the matted edge along both sides as shown in this video HERE (at 6:20 mark).

The greeting is from the “Framed Greetings” stamp set (retired?) by Gina K Designs and was stamped with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

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Sympathy Shutter Card

 Sympathy Shutter Card

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I have seen quite a few variations of shutter cards online, but one style I really liked was done by Sandy Allnock where there is room for an “inside sentiment” or a handwritten message.  (HERE is her video tutorial.)


For this card, I used 2 sheets from the Recollections “Habitat” signature paper stack for my decorative panels and mats.  The card base is Recollections kraft card stock.  (The base is 12 inches wide, so a 12″ x 12″ sheet is needed.)

Here is the template for the card base:

Shutter Card Template

The circle panels were cut with dies from the Spellbinders Large and Small Standard Circle Dies sets.

The stamp for the greeting on the front is from the Stampin’ Up “Thoughts and Prayers” set and the inside message is from the “A Beautiful Life” set from Gina K Designs.  Both were stamped with versafine vintage sepia ink.

The finished card, when folded, is 41/4 x 5 1/2 and fits in an A2 sized envelope.

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I had a scrap of the patterned paper left over so I made another quick card with it.



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A Few Simple Notecards

A Few Simple Notecards

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I was almost embarrassed to post these cards since they are so simple.  Each of these cards was made because I needed a card, and fast.  And as I mentioned recently, I am trying to be “ok” with simple designs!

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This super quick thank you note features Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Yellow Daisies” printed paper, Core’dinations “Dark Blue Large Dot” card stock, and a stamp from the “Think Big Favorites #5” set by Papertrey Ink stamped in Gina K Blue Denim ink.  Recollections ivory card stock was used for the card base.  I LOVED the soft colors of the daisy paper and the font of the stamp and wanted to feature both. Cut, stamp, done.  This card practically made itself!


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This next card features the “Volleyball” stamp by stampabilities and a greeting from the “Short and Sweet” set by Stampin’ Up.  The images were stamped with  Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I scored a line above the greeting and then partially embossed the panel above the score line with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.


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This card was made with card stock from both the  “Christmas – Holiday Printed Paper” pack (2014) and “Shimmer Champagne” by Recollections.  The greeting panel was cut with the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” large punch and stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.  I did not have a punch to create a border, so I used a copic marker (E84) to draw one.  (Not really loving that, but I didn’t have time to do a “trace and cut” with the Silhouette since I needed to send this quickly.)  The stamp is from the “Little Branches” set by Gina K Designs.


I think it took me longer to photograph these cards than it did to make them!  🙂

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Masculine Thinking of You

Masculine Thinking of You

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This CAS card features a stamp from the “Reverse Prints” set (retired) by Stampin’ Up.

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It was stamped on Recollections kraft card stock with Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe ink.  (There was a quote along the left side of the image that I masked off.)  Once stamped, the edges of the card stock were hand torn, and then it was adhered to a piece of watercolor paper with foam tape.  Raffia ribbon was added, and then the panel was attached to a kraft card base.

The greeting stamp is from the “Framed Greetings” set by Gina K designs and was also stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink.

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