Stamp Review Crew: Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

sympathy card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Rooted in Nature stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Stesha Bloodhart.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the creative Mary Haugen.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

Rooted in Nature

A very good friend of mine said good-by to his first Boxer this past week.  They had been together for 12 years.  Knowing how much my friend was hurting, I wanted to design a card which would not only express my sympathy, but which would also be a card of encouragement.  I thought the Rooted in Nature stamp set, would be the perfect choice.  I had envisioned a card which would use one of the tree images, but by accident I ended up creating this card.  Preoccupied and saddened, (I knew the dog well and had stayed with him for three weeks last summer),  I was not paying close attention and haphazardly placed the leaf thinlits onto a strip of copper foil, not realizing they were embossing thinlits. Surprisingly enough, they were fairly well lined up.  When I removed the thinlits, I was struck by the beauty of the embossing, and decided to make them the focal point.  I hope my friend will find comfort from both the card and the words inside.

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Today’s card is a simple, classic design, one which allows the embossed panel to take center stage.  It was matted onto Mint Macaron cardstock, and popped up on dimensionals.  If I were to make this panel again, I would align the top leaf a wee bit better.  But after encouraging  decades of students to reduce, reuse and recycle, this old science teacher used the one I had accidentally created.

sympathy card

The sentiment was heat embossed in copper.  I snipped off “Be Strong” from the rest of the image, and matted it onto Mint Macaron.  It was also adhered using dimensionals. Because it looked lonely by itself, I added leaf images which I created by stamping the images in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide onto vellum.  I then heat embossed them with copper embossing powder for a neat beaded effect.  A snippet of copper metallic thread completes the look.

sympathy card

Obviously, this card could be used for a variety of occasions by switching out the sentiment.

Rooted in Nature

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Rooted in Nature card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…


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  1. Greetings Ann! Found your beautiful card on Pinterest. Your blog says I’m subscribed to your blog, but I have not received it for quite some time – a year or more. Any way you can put me back in? Thanks! Really miss seeing your beautiful creations and hearing about the boxers.


    What a beautiful creation!! I saw the post the other day but was pushed for time and didn’t tell you how much it was appreciated. You are a good friend and I know he will love it. I saved the image so I can put a picture of it in my room. I definitely need some inspiration.

  3. I am so sorry for your friend’s loss. Your elegant and thoughtful card is sure to bring comfort. Isn’t is great how a small mistake can turn into a beautiful card?!?!?

  4. Fab card with all the different copper elemnets. Love how you showcased the embossed copper foil

  5. Aren’t happy accidents the best! And also being able to custom make cards for friends. I’m sure your thoughtfulness made a difference at a tough time! Kelly x

  6. Wow, I wish my “accidents” turned out this well. A simple but striking card.

  7. Wow great job with the embossing, plus all the other lovely details you always manage to fit in! You look like an expert! 😉 I recently used this sentiment for an encouragement card as well.

  8. Love this so much Ann!! Love all the the embossed leaf images simply gorgeous!

  9. What a happy creative accident Ann. The touches of copper are gorgeous. A lovely card for a sad occasion. I know it will give your friend strength. X

  10. Your happy accident created a stunning focal point, Ann. Losing a fur buddy is a difficult situation for anyone. I know that your card will uplift your friend.

  11. Lovely, Ann, and you’re a good friend.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous, Ann! So strange how our mistakes turn out to be pleasant surprises.
    Our pets are always part of the family. So sorry for your friends’ loss. We have to remember all the joy they brought us!

  13. What a beautiful heartfelt card, Ann! I think your copper embossed piece is perfect! (You are the only one that noticed it wasn’t ‘perfectly positioned’) Sending prayers for your friend and for you. The Lord is near the broken hearted.

  14. I just “had” to have the rooted in nature bundle. However, I struggle to use it. Your card is the most beautiful card I have seen using this bundle. It is absolutely stunning. Sorry for the loss of your friend’s boxer. I’ve been there, done that. It is heartbreaking for sure.

  15. Danielle Roberts

    Great use of the copper foil a great card all over

  16. Beautiful card sent with a great deal of love. Nice job, Ann. Your friend will realize you have given much love and support.

  17. Stunning card, Ann. Love the embossed panel and the vellum leaves are a great compliment.

  18. Oh, Ann, that is simply stunning! I’m sorry your friend is mourning the loss of his fur kid. I know what a hole that leaves in his heart. I’m sure your caring gesture with this card helped a bit.

  19. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Ann. The copper is excellent! and the copper thread is unique! Another beauty, thanks for sharing.

  20. I love the look of those leaves embossed onto the foil paper! Beautiful job!

  21. Ann
    A truly beautiful and heartfelt sentiment! I know you friend will be touched.

  22. So pretty, Ann, with all that copper. Love your embossed panel. I know your friend will feel loved when he receives your beautiful card.

  23. Wow! Fantastic use of copper. How did you get that copper paper to look so perfect without any marring. I swear, I breath and you see a scratch on my copper paper. Beautiful craftsmanship.

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