Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tiled Sympathy


Her eyes scanned across the room gilted with gold accents and fine furniture. She stopped and stood in front of the victorian walnut chair upholstered in velvet but it wasn't the chair that intrigued her. Rather, the wallpaper on the wall behind the chair. Delicate. Old. Intricate. Everything beautiful.

Off the Wall Craftiness has the best color challenge which reminded me of my visit to the historic mansion here in town. Sympathy cards are always difficult for me to make, but I used my last one and needed another. I kept the design fairly simple and embellishments to a minimal so that the stamps design and message shine. It was fun to see if I could recreate the vintage wallpaper.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) PTI

Patterned Paper: (White Collection) Basic Grey
Stamps: (Poinsettia Patterns) Wplus9
Ink: (Old Olive Pigment) SU, (Vintage Photo Disress) Ranger
Embellishments: (Pearls in Sunflower) Queen & Co., (Rustic Twine) PTI
Tools: (Labels 4 Nestabilities) Spellbinders

32 comments:

~amy~ said...

simply gorgeous Karen! Sympathy cards are tough ones to design....yours is perfect.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Simply Gorgeous love what you did with the twine!!!!

Kelly said...

Love the mixtures of light and dark in the background. Very nice.

Laurel said...

So pretty, love the twine.

Courtney Baker said...

Very pretty. I love the "feel" of this.

Heather Innusa said...

Such a pretty card!!!! You nailed the color combo!! P.s. thanks for the comment on my blog - and that awesome link to the cupcakes!!! I will definately be giving that a try ;).

BonnieRose said...

this is gorgeous! Love the twine!

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

love the colors and the simplicity of this card. You are the Queen of background making.

Christina said...

This is so soft and beautiful, a really perfect sympathy card. The twine treatment is genius, adding just a touch of texture without distracting from the gorgeous stamped bg.

Michele Gross said...

Just gorgeous! Love the twine loops :)

Jaclyn Miller said...

This is amazing! I love the way you mixed the colors when stamping and how some of them even fade. Just awesome.

annieambriel said...

This card is just gorgeous. love the stamping, love the colours, love the play on the twine.. so lovely.

Sharli said...

Fabulous! The ink is so soft on the stamped images - did you use a watercolor or tissue paper type technique? I just love how the colors are varied, too. It's a perfect sympathy card - serene and reflective.

Hugs!

PS - I got ANOTHER Hug in the mail today - you are incredibly sweet!!!! Thank you for the gorgeous card and the pretty tapes and Baker's twine!

Isabelle P. said...

A classy card, full of sweetness!

Julie E said...

Oh my, this one is just so simple and lovely. That twine is perfect - great use of the colors. Should I stop gushing now? :>)

Tammy said...

Sympathy cards are not something I enjoy making in fact, it's not something I can bring myself to make to have on hand, so I always have such a difficult time with it, but everything about this card is perfect and the person receiving it will appreciate it so much Karen. Your use of your own inspiration as well as ours is just phenomenal. You have such great execution. Okay, I could just go on and on so with that....Thanks for joining in the fun and playing along with us at OTWC and Good luck! :-)

Courtney K said...

perfect card. that background totally looks like wallpaper.

Brandi said...

Wow! This is stunning!

Fiona said...

Great stamping. loving the vintage look and what you did with the string.

Lisa Petrella said...

Perfect sympathy card, Karen. I love the aged look and the way you inked the images.

Lynnette said...

Awesome job on the challenge. Your card is stunning!

Virginia L. said...

LOVE you take on the colors and theme! It is, indeed, very challenging to make sympathy cards! You have used the ornate patterns so beautifully. Less means more....this card conveys subtle and solemn sentiment! I love your inspiring work, Karen!

Lynn said...

Karen, I love the ink colors you used on the background stamps...very subtle and soothing.

kasia c. said...

Sympathy cards are difficult to make on so many levels. This is so pretty. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you looped the twine at the end! :)

jen said...

sympathy cards... :(
This is really lovely- love the color variation- and the aging! Beautiful card....

lynn said...

beautiful background stamping, karen!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Great design and love how you did the twine...wonderful color combo too.

Jess said...

Beautiful and classic. Simply Karen.

:)

Christiana said...

Love the story at the beginning! I'm currently reading a fab book about a grand old house (The House At Riverton by Kate Morton), and this felt like a page right out of it! Lovely.

Gorgeous card! I love the "wallpaper" background with the distress inks. And that twine! I don't know how on earth you secured it back there, but I LOVE the effect! Beautiful!

Tenia Nelson said...

So love this card!!! Thanks for playing at OTWC and good luck!!

Alice Wertz said...

wow! gorgeous background stamping, Karen! such a beauty! love it!

yyam said...

Classic elegance! Brilliant work! :)