Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Get well soon card

I made this card for someone who's recovering from surgery. I hope the colours aren't too gloomy, but pussywillows are grey and green and brown. Those lovely colours of early spring....

The inspiration for this card came from a card of similar design on display at my LSS, and was made by the owner. This one isn't nearly as nice as that one, but I'm still happy with it. I did colour it in a similar fashion to the way she did, and I went "out-of-the-box" as she did as well. And I copied her "spattering" effect (but again, not nearly as nicely). This card is different in that I used patterned paper for a backdrop, and some twill tape for accent. I also used a bit of a different colour palette.
For this card, I stamped the image (Sunshine Designs)repeatedly on watercolour paper with a waterproof ink. I coloured the pussywillows with Tombow markers and used a wet toothbrush and pigment ink for the spatter effect. Some of the buds are highlighted with stickles. It doesn't show in the picture, but I used a Mellow Moss card base for this, which continues the shades-of-green theme. Too bad I didn't have this done in time for St. Patrick's Day - it could have been my green card.

I would still like to make a card like the one at my LSS - it's just stunning. But, for now, I'm pleased with this one. I just love pussywillows. To me they are a sign of spring and I have always loved their silvery soft beauty.

Thanks for looking! Now I need to get this in the mail! I'm off to stamp an envelope for it and then I need to figure out what to do with the little lamb roast I bought today. It was on sale 50% off in a post-Easter clearance at the grocery store. I think I'll hope there are instructions on the package for cooking, and I'll stuff garlic slivers in it all over the place and give it a Dijon mustard/rosemary rub. Some nice roast potatoes and a turnip-and-apple dish on the side and my family will think it's Sunday dinner! Or they would if I ever made roast lamb on Sundays.... I think I'll also check the jam cupboard to see if there's any of my rosemary cider jelly left. That would be perfect with the lamb. I sure hope so!

Supplies: Stamp: Sunshine Designs - The Stamp Barn; Ink: Palette black noir; Paper: watercolour, always artichoke, patterned paper from the Periphery line - Basic Grey; Other: stickles, Tombow markers, Periphery ribbon - Basic Grey, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon - Stampin' Up, edge distresser - Stampin' Up.


  1. This is very nice. I like the way the pussywillows come off of the paper they're stamped on. Joan

  2. This is a lovely card! I clicked on the image, and in the larger version, the stickles and spatters show up really well.
    Wish I could come for dinner :-) sounds delicious!

  3. Hi Karen - I love this card!! And the colours are not gloomy at all, I think they are soft, subtle and muted - just perfect!