Earlier this week, a coworker's elderly father passed away. Thinking of what I would most appreciate in such a situation, I volunteered to make a card (rather than buy one) for all of us in the office to sign and give to him. Later that night, I plopped down in my craft room and started digging through my stamps. That's when I realized that I have NO sentiments for a sympathy card! I was shocked. I could've sworn I had this set, but apparently not. Needless to say, it's going on my next order.
So, what does a
crafty desperate girl do in a pinch? She improvises! I knew that I wanted to use the Cruisin' paper packet (despite its whimsical name) because it's somewhat masculine. Here's what I ended up with; what do you think?
I made the 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" card out of the black cardstock in that packet. Then I cut the pretty patterned paper slightly smaller and attached that to the front. Next, I used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out both layers of the center shape; the full sized one in black and the frame one in Grey Wool. I created the flower and leaves with my Rosy Regards set. (Pick that one up if you don't have it already! It's very versatile!) I normally only use two leaves on each side, but it just didn't look right, so I added a third.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment that comes with this set in Cranberry ink, made a black backpiece for it, and glued that to the lower right corner. I lined the inside with more Grey Wool cardstock from the Cruisin' paper pack and stamped "Sending Warm Wishes" from this set there. Voila, sympathy in a pinch! Not perfect, but good enough.
Tell me about a time you had to improvise!