Monday, September 5, 2011

Pet Sympathy Card

Hello everyone.  Today I have a sympathy card for my son's girlfriend who lost her cat this morning to share with you.  I struggled with what was appropriate and then took to the internet to see what I could find for inspiration.  I saw a card with some really cute paw prints where the main pad was made with a heart. 

I decided that I must have stamps or Cricut carts to help me recreate this.  No Cricut cart with paw prints.  I did have several different heart stamps to create the large pad, but was still struggling with the toes.  An oval - is that too much to ask?  Hmmm...kinda like an Easter egg; that I did have.  Then the question became how to stamp it so that it didn't look like an Easter egg; somehow that didn't sound very sympathetic to me.  I used my black marker to ink only the outside edge of the egg; perfect!  Of course I had to practice a few times.
I decided the easiest way to make several of these so that I had paw prints walking down my card would be to make a stencil so they were all identical.  I used a scrap of vellum and traced my favorite paw, cut it out, and then I had a stencil to use.
In trying to save as much of my scrap as possible, I put the paw print as close to the edges of the vellum as possible.  Seemed like a good idea until I stamped the first paw on the card and inked off the edge of my stencil.  Whoops!  Then you need creative sentiments.  You wouldn't even know I had red ink on the top of my card from the finished project. :-)
The sentiments were typed and printed using my computer and word processing program.  I found the sentiment on an internet site for sentiments.
Items I used on this card were:
- Juniper Cardstock from Close To My Heart
- Veranda Paper Pack from Close To My Heart (retired)
- Juniper Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Hollyhock Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Sorbet Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Creme Brulee Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Black Exclusive Inks Marker from Close To My Heart
- Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Copper Collection from Close To My Heart
- Sensational Season stamp set from Close To My Heart (retired)
- Follow Your Heart stamp set from Close To My Heart (retired)

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4 comments:

Cricut Couple said...

Hey Kelesta, It's a really beautiful card. I know it will mean the world to them. We lost one of our dogs a couple of months ago and ever card we received meant so much to us.

Joanne said...

Really nice card, and very thoughtful. I love the verse inside, I know she will really appreciate it. Pets are part of our family and we love them so. Hugs, J:)

Cheryl said...

Such a thoughtful card! I love ingenious way you created the paw prints.



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kurlygirl said...

Such a beautiful and creative card. Thanks for joining us for Sentimental Sundays Sympathy/Thinking of You Challenge and I hope you join us again next time!

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