Monday, August 29, 2011

Vertical Sketch by Jessica Witty

FINALLY, I had a chance to try some of the sketches in the magazine Papercrafts Card Ideas for Paper Crafters. The one by Jessica Witty on page 134 caught my eye, and I made a simple, one-layer card intended for a friend who is battling cancer.

The rainbow was created with a long-neglected shadow stamp from Hero Arts (discontinued), and the sentiment is from Papertrey's Beautiful Blessings. Inside, I stamped the verse "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (BTW, the orange isn't quite so bright in real life; it's Memento Canteloupe...darn Picasa!)


I love the image of the rainbow as an image of hope and God's faithfulness. What images do you enjoy using on cards for people battling illness? Do you stick with flowers or trees, or do you make the cards with images that the recipient will find funny, cute, serene...depending on the situation?

20 comments:

  1. I like that your rainbow is different from the usual. I do like flowers and trees for cards for friends fighting illness. I also like birds and the serenity of nature; rainbows and clouds are nice too. I seldom make funny cards. I've only done so when using borrowed stamps, and that's rare.

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  2. It depends on the situation. But butterflies have a special meaning for me. For a masculine card, I tend to stick with trees. However, if appropriate, I think laughter is the best medicine.

    Love your card. I have that stamp and would never have thought of using it to make a rainbow. Very uplifting!

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  3. And here I went and sold all my HA shadow stamps at an LSS garage sale! You worked magic with them. Great card. I make a sympathy card to fit the person it's meant for.

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  4. Love your card. Its simple message just goes right to the heart. And the visual rainbow sends the recipient courage, hope, and optimism in addition to "having faith." I love this. To answer your question -- for regular "get well" cards, I aim for funny, but with people battling serious illnesses, I try to send a message with words primarily, and just a touch of flowers. I love the sentiment stamps in PTI's Everyday Blessings for this --- there's ALWAYS one stamp or other in it that says exactly what I want.

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  5. I do a lot of nature stamps, but my favorites are a meandering path used with a word stamp "gentle thoughts at a difficult time."

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  6. It's really hard for me to make cards for people that are battling an illness. Sometimes I use a card that I had already made earlier if it seems to fit, preferably without words. The one card I remember making recently, was for a friend dying of cancer. I used a watercolor image I had made mounted on turquoise card stock, because she loved that color.

    Petra

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  7. This is such a soothing card. I guess each situation would be different for me. Right now I send Janelle mostly cards about friendship. With flowers. I think most people would like pretty cards, no matter what.

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  8. LOVE this! Absolutely beautiful!

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  9. Love the way you used the shadow stamp. When I make get well cards, I usually use flowers, or for a man, trees. I don't have any humourous stamps - not my style.

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  10. It's alovely card and I'm sure your friend will appreciate and draw strength from it

    Kathyk

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  11. Lovely, simple.... touching thanks for sharing

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  12. Beautiful colour choices here, lovely composition :0) My cards are always specifically for the person and will reflect their preferences if at all possible:0) I think humour usually wins the day, again if possible!! Gay xxx

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  13. what a beautiful rainbow card to support your friend!! you are always so thoughtful!

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  14. This is so very awesome. I have a few projects sketched with overlapping blocks of color like this, so I'm thrilled to see how well it turned out for you.

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  15. I love your card because I find it soothing and beautiful. I had a friend diagnosed with terminal cancer. I sent her weekly cards under her death. Most of them just focused on positive sentiments and underscoring that I was supporting her in her challenges. But definitely, these are hardest cards to design. Thanks for sharing yours! - Hugs from Seattle.

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  16. I try to have generic cards on hand because I don't always have time to make something but I usually try to customize. I just made a card for a male colleague diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He is not a flowers or praying for you sort of guy. I made a card with Yoda on it that said "May the Force be with You." He liked it very much.

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  17. Sue... *LOVE* Probably my favorite card that I have seen with this sketch :) I have a very soft spot for shadow stamps, so you had me with that.

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  18. If it's a not-too-severe illness I like to keep it on the light side with some funny image or sentiment.

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Thank you so much for taking time to comment!