Oct 16, 2018

Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves Sympathy Card


Sympathy cards are the hardest to make, but this one was made with so much love and many prayers as I worked bit by bit...  From death comes life, just as the fading leaves bring forth fresh soil for new growth.  There is hope, my friends.  From the ashes of this life God can bring beauty and wholeness.  If you would like to talk about the promises of God and how He can bring you from death into life, please email me through the link in my sidebar. 


For this card I wanted to use spring green, with a bit of fall hue.  I pulled a plaid background I had shared earlier in THIS post.  Here is the video I made for two-toned plaid background stamping.


I used 5.5 x 4.25" mixed media cardstock that was precut in a pack.  I wanted to elongate my design, so I ran the Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangle die through my machine until I got to the end and stopped. 


I lined up the opposite end with the die and put it upside down in my machine for a second run, this time just barely going over the top end.  


Here you can see where the die cut pattern meets.  I knew I was going to add a strip across this section, so it works just fine and gave me the elongated shape I needed.


I have many beautiful scripture stamps by Verve, but none so encouraging as this verse.  I cut it freehand like a scroll and sponged the edges, then curved it with a paintbrush handle.  I tucked it beneath my Skeleton Leaf die, which I had stained with Twisted Citron, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I used the 3D Scallop Impresslit to cover the gap on my background. 


The leaves rest on a die cut Stitched Oval, stained with Antique Linen Distress Oxide.   The panel behind the plaid was stamped with the Entomology stamp set script.  On the inside of the card I added another sponged die cut.


I finished it off with a wrap of bakers twine and a Tim Holtz brad.  With love and condolences to the Thomason family...


14 comments:

Char said...

I agree, Autumn, sympathy cards are hard, but you did a wonderful job with this one, as always. Love the stamp! Your love and thoughtfulness is quite evident. Love you my friend! Charlotte

Sue said...

These are the hardest cards there are to make Autumn, but this one is really lovely xx

Dorthe said...

So very beautiful,and yes Autumn, so very hard to create and write.
This I`m sure have brought comfort , dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Redanne said...

Such a beautiful card Autumn, just sad because of the reason for the card. Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

This is so stunning, Autumn!! Sympathy cards are definitely the hardest to make. You've done an amazing job!! The colors and design are gorgeous!! I love how you elongated the design!! The sentiment is so beautiful!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sara Barker said...

This beautiful card and encouraging Bible verse will surely bring comfort to the Thomason family. Big hugs, my friend.

Linda Kunsman said...

oh, such a beautiful sympathy card Autumn, and the Psalm is just perfect for it!

Rea' said...

Autumn your sympathy card and sentiment are beautiful ! And your words of encouragement and "invitation" to share God are even more beautiful Bless your heart . Always good to know others keep company with my Best Friend; Father God !

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A very dear card Autumn and I do love that psalm. Sympathy cards can be a strain to create especially in times of grief. The skeleton leaf sprig is a delicate piece to use as your cards focal. Beautiful.
Take care dear friend Hugs Tracey xx

Brenda Brown said...

Such a beautiful and poignant card Autumn, I am sure it will be received with much love xxx

Helen Wallace said...

A truly beautiful card, obviously made with love and care for a grieving family. The symbolism of the leaves is perfect with your verse and the twine adds a great finishing touch. I like the tip about elongating a die too - thanks for that. Have a good week.

Ann Barnes said...

Autumn, receiving this beautiful, thoughtful card would be such bright moment in a dark time. You definitely have a wonderful talent for making gorgeous cards and it is so evident how much time and effort go into them, what a treasure for any recipient. beautiful colors, textures and sentiment. hugs, xxx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

What a clever way of diecutting and another beautiful design!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

The best cards come with love and prayers tucked in all the nooks and crannies! This is absolutely beautiful, Autumn.

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