This card by Chrissie Tobas on Pinterest, practically pinned itself to my Cards board and quickly became a wonderful source of inspiration. I love how Chrissie stamped over a tiny raised tree for her festive "just a note" card, but Karen's Card Shop at my church needed sympathy cards, so I took Chrissie's idea in a more somber direction.
The butterfly was punched from a scrap of cardstock that was colored using Distress inks on an acrylic block. This is by FAR the easiest way to get a pretty watercolor effect. Rub the distress pads on the block, spritz with water, press the block onto paper. It almost always turns out lovely. The soft blue and green of this panel is perfectly suited to a sympathy card, and Karen, my friend who inspired the card shop with her enthusiastic card ministry, loved butterflies. Everyone at church knows this, and as a result, butterfly cards are our best sellers for pretty much all occasions.
Many thanks to Chrissie for her fabulous inspiration!
I spent time last week making a batch of different sympathy cards for the shop, and those will be interspersed this week with Valentine's Day cards because while death is an inevitable part of life, so is love. And I encourage you to make some Valentine's Day cards, especially if you don't usually, and send them out this year. We can all spread more love!
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
stamps: Gina K Designs
ink: Distress inks, Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: dimensionals, Martha Stewart butterfly punch