Pastel Plum Sympathy

Good Morning!

Well, it's Monday again. Not sure where my weekend went, but I'm pretty sure I didn't go into work for two days so it must have been the blur I woke up from this morning... Anybody else feel like that?

Today's sympathy card features a kind of cool technique that I don't think I've shown here before.
I do a lot of cards with dry embossing using various embossing folders and my Cuttlebug or BigShot and the effect you get is always beautiful but I thought I'd try to add a little ink to the mix and see what happened.
Now, there are two ways you can do this. If you want the ink to be on the recessed portion of the imprint, you can ink up the appropriate side of the embossing folder (Don't use STAZON for this!!!!) put your paper in and emboss which will then transfer the ink on the embossing folder to the de-bossed portion of your imprint. The second way to do it is what I did here. I embossed the paper as I normally would and then dragged my ink pad lightly over the top of the raised imprint. In this case, I used my White Craft pad on Perfect Plum paper. The effect is similar to using white core cardstock and sanding away the raised portion of your imprint to reveal the white but what I like about doing it this way is that, if you're so inclined, you can add a little embossing powder your imprint will really stand out. Cool huh?
So the rest of the card is really pretty straightforward. My card is actually a half sheet of Stardreams Lavendar. I layered a slightly smaller piece of Neenah Solar White together with the embossed Perfect Plum layer and the ribbon is tied around those two before adhering it to the card.
The flower and leaves are stamped with Perfect Plum and Old Olive respectively, hand trimmed and watercolored with the ink pads and a water pen. I used foam dimensionals to pop the flower up off the card.
The sentiment is from Making Memories - Sympathy and is stamped on Neenah Solar White in Old Olive and layered on Old Olive. I finished the whole thing off with a Kaiser half pearl in the center of the flower.

Have a great day! Thanks for visiting!


S: All Natural, Making Memories-Sympathy
P: Stardreams LAvendar, Neenah Solar White, Old Olive, Perfect Plum
I: Perfect Plum, Old Olive
A: Kaiser half pearls, water pen, foam dimensionals, Sizzix Cottage Style embossing folder, ribbon

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