Comfort & Healing to You with Very Vintage

When a friend of mine suddenly lost her Mom, I knew I needed to make a special card. I immediately reached for a stamp set that doesn’t define my style – Very Vintage. I layered beautiful colors from beautiful papers to create this comforting card:

Very Vintage, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy card

The floral image also works wonderfully with this week’s Global Design Project challenge – a them challenge centered around the garden. Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP175Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Very Vintage and Flourishing Phrases. The Very Vintage stamp set is one of several price-reduced stamp sets you pick up with your Stampin’ Rewards (it’s only $13.50!) when you place an order over $150. This one is included in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog. While I don’t typically make vintage projects (I’ve tried and failed), I love this arrangement of flowers and the sweet sentiments in the set. Please take a look at this great set:Very Vintage Host Set, Stampin' Up! 146801There are so many gorgeous sentiment in Flourishing Phrases – also in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog. Many are paired perfectly for an inside and outside sentiment. While you’d typically send “healing wishes” to someone who’s recovering from sickness, it’s also an appropriate wish for someone who’s broken after the loss of a loved one. Here’s a look at Flourishing Phrases: Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up! 141534
  • A Highlighting Band. I stamped the flowers with Petal Pink ink and then stamped the sweet sentiment right over top of it with the much-darker Mossy Meadow ink. That pulls the eye right to the sentiment on the front of this card:Very Vintage, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy cardTo further accent the sentiment, I added a band of Mossy Meadow cardstock behind it at the same height of the sentiment and in the same color. The panel just behind the band is a Petal Pink bokeh design from Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in this gorgeous pack of papers:Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 146913
  • Lots of Layers. A clean design doesn’t have to be a single layer. Believe it or not, there are seven layers of cardstock on this simple design. That’s kind of crazy, but I think it’s what makes the card so special. Here’s a rundown of the layer measurements I used to create this card:
    • Petal Pink – 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • Thick Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • Mossy Meadow – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
    • Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper – 3-3/4″ x 5″
    • Mossy Meadow – 3-3/4″ x 1″
    • Thick Whisper White – 3″ x 4-1/4″
    • Mossy Meadow – 2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″
    • Whisper White – 2-3/4″ x 4″

Stamp Sets: Very Vintage Host Set, Flourishing Phrases  Papers: Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink, Mossy Meadow, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White  Inks: Petal Pink Mossy Meadow  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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  1. Simply beautiful, I agree Brian the layers adds to the beauty of this card.

  2. Good morning, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL card. Live the colors and they layers as well. TFS ??. Have a great day.

  3. What a beautiful card and so thoughtful. The layers are perfect and really ‘make’ the card. Another great job!

  4. Gorgeous, BK. I can’t get enough of Petal Pink and it’s so pretty with the sentiment layered over it.

  5. I love this beautiful card, Brian. The layering is great and the color combo, too. I’m sure it will comfort your friend and let her know you care. Have a nice day!

  6. oooo, oooo, oooo….love those mattes!

  7. I really do think your friend will be forever grateful to receive this message of comfort in such an amazingly beautiful card. The color combination you chose is soft and sweet, the layering is fabulous and the words of condolence couldn’t be more perfect.

  8. Just beautiful in Petal Pink and great layout, too!

  9. I don’t like to repeat myself, but you do floral cards so well. You say that isn’t your style, but this card is really lovely and simple at the same time. Good job!

  10. So pretty and soft in presentation . The Petal Pink is a good choice . It adds a serene feel to the image .
    So sorry your friend lost her mom .

  11. Beautiful card, Brian! As always I love the layers, but I especially love the Mossy Meadow panel behind the sentiment – matched to the sentiment’s ink – perfection! Thanks for the dimensions – I appreciate the time you took to provide them?❤️

    • Thanks so much, Elisha! I’m so happy you like it. I subscribe to the belief that small things can make big differences. Always wonderful to hear from you!

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