Sunday, 8 June 2008

Farewell card

One of my team is a Reservist who is going on a six-month deployment. I wanted to make her a card to wish her well and this is the result. I needed a fairly large card because there will be a lot of people to sign it so I made it 5x7. The stamped panel is correspondingly smaller to accommodate the mats.

I started with a sheet of Papertrey Ink white and stamped it with the Penny Black flower in Versamark and heat embossed it. (To be truthful, I started several cards ago but they didn't pass muster.) Then I took my Colorbox stylus and foam tips and a variety of chalk inks and went to work applying the background colour. (I was good at this part having practiced it several times this evening....) Then I removed the clear embossing powder with my iron and some scrap paper and stamped the flower again, this time in black, and heat embossed it. I did the same thing with the dragonfly. The stamped panel is mounted on black and teal cardstock. Using my computer, I printed this inside: " Wheresoever you go - go with all your heart. Confucius" I didn't have an appropriate pre-deployment well wishes stamp in my collection. (There had to be at least one stamp I don't have!) The finishing touch was a nice hank of eyelash yarn that I had in my stash (sorry T! I know you hate fluffy fibres on cards!). What a happy coincidence that it had the purple, blue and yellow-green in it. The sad part is that it just reinforces my reluctance to get rid of anything. Ever. After I scanned it in, I decided it needed some shimmer/sparkle so I added some twinklings to the dragonfly wings. I don't know if this was a good idea, but it's too late now. It doesn't ruin it, I just don't know if it adds anything.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies: Stamps: Pastoral and Brush Dragonfly - Penny Black; Ink: versamark, black pigment ink, colorbox chalk inks: wisteria, warm violet, lime green, azurite, Prussian blue; Paper: PTI white, basic black, taken with teal; Other: eyelash yarn, clear embossing powder, black embossing powder, stylus and foam tips.


  1. Hi Karen.

    Beautiful card. LOVE that fluffy fibre. Nothing like feathery ribbon to say "have a great deployment" - hey, remember in Princess bride when the one old guy shouts "have fun storming the castle", well would it not be great if when the card opened, it actually said "have fun servin yer Country....", in that voice and everything??? Would require some electronica...


  2. Wow, beautiful card, love the resist and colors :)

  3. Gee, this is gorgeous. I LOVE the background with the starker images. TFS