Cat Punch for FabFri119

It should be so easy to express love and affection for one another.  Why don’t people say “I adore you” or “you make me happy” more than they do?  That should be so simple, and the world needs more of it.  The most difficult expression, understandably, is that of sorrow.  How can we effectively embrace someone who is suffering from illness or share compassion for the loss of life?  The best way is to give a hug, offer some food and make a sweet card.

Pets are a big part of some families – and it’s sad when they are gone.  Today’s card is a sweet sympathy card to let the recipient know you are thinking about them after the loss of their pet.  The card follows our FabFriday layout and features some new products you’ll want to add to your wish list.  Here’s my card:

Sorry for Everything, Cat Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

FabFri119Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Two New.  This project features the Sorry for Everything stamp set – what a gorgeous script that can be used for so many occasions.  Two new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog (to be released September 1): one creates this cat silhouette, and the other creates the leafy accents.  The Cat Punch (coordinates with the Halloween bundle I showcased yesterday – see that card here) is likely to fly off the shelves on September 1st.  What a great tool that can be used all year long!  Here’s a look at this punch:
    Cat punch, Stampin' Up!

    Cat punch, Stampin’ Up!

    The sketch calls for an accent on the right of the card.  I reached for the Lantern Builder Framelits Dies that coordinate with the Seasonal Lantern to create a poof of flora.  I LOVE it!  I added another accent to the left side of the panel for balance.  Here’s a look at this wonderful, new bundle (the accents I used are shown inside the base of the lantern shape just below the red card):

    Seasonal Lantern Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Seasonal Lantern Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Textured Feline.  I wanted to add some visual texture to the kitty cat, so I dragged my Archival Basic Gray ink pad across Basic Gray cardstock before punching out the cat.  It feels so wrong to write those words – “…before punching out the cat.”  I’m not a violent person.  Here’s a closer look at the cat on the finished card:I added texture to the cat silhouette by dragging an ink pad over paper before punching, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Color Combination.  I wouldn’t normally think of a pink shade for a sympathy card, but I really, really wanted Rose Red to pair with the Basic Gray and So Saffron card front I’d already created.  To tone down the brightness of the card base, I added a panel of Vellum Cardstock.  If you like this combination of Rose Red, Basic Gray and So Saffron, too, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Rose Red, Basic Gray, So Saffron

Stamp Sets:  Sorry for Everything  Papers:  Rose Red, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Whisper White, Vellum cardstock  Inks:  Basic Gray  Accessories:  Cat punch, Lantern Builder Framelits Dies, Regals Enamel Shapes, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Fab Friday challenge site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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One Comment

  1. Expressing sympathy is difficult and for people who have had their pets for a long time it can truly be heartbreaking. Receiving a beautiful card like this one would serve to lift their spirits. The muted color of the card is perfect.

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