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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Friends of Unity August Blog Hop-Sympathy

Hello everyone. It's time again for the Friends of Unity blog hop. This month we are focusing on sympathy cards. It's never fun to need these cards and I find it very helpful to keep some in my stash so I don't have making a card to worry about should the occasion arise. There are so many great cards in the hop. Be sure to scroll all the way down so you can continue along and see all the inspiration we have to offer.


My card this month was completely inspired by Jolande van Oosterhout on the Unity Facebook Show & Tell page. She's been sharing so much inspiration since Covid lock down. She is an incredible artist.

I started with a pile of gel plate prints I made for fun last week using a 5"x7" gel plate and Paper Artsy paints


I selected that beautiful blue one to stamp my flower on. It has some bits of brown on it so I grabbed a brown print for the background layer and cut it down to 5 3/4" square. I wanted it to tie into the flower a little better so I took some of the dark blue paint from the flower print and mixed it with some texture paste and added it through a stencil in the corners. I also mixed some water with the paint and "water colored" some depth and detail into the flower image. Once that was dry I fussy cut it out. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of left over blue print as well. I used the stamp to stamp just the stem onto the background. I used my fingers to form and shape the flower and glued it to the card front only in the center of the flower.  The sentiment is from Girl Truly. The flower is from Wild & Free



You can see that I didn't really place the texture paste perfectly through the stencil, I was going for an aged mixed media look.

You can see the depth from shaping the flower with my fingers and only placing glue in the center.

Be sure to hop along and comment along the way!!!

Alaine-you are here






22 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful card! I like everything about it, color, design, image and sentiment. Your pictures really show the detail well!

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  2. Wow, Alaine! Your card is stunning! The recipient will surely treasure this card. I have really got to pull out my gelli plate and play... maybe when my back is feeling better. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  3. This is beautiful!!!!!!! Love the background too

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  4. Gorgeous looking card! I am so loving that flower!

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  5. Love all the texture in your card, and the colours!

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  6. What a beautiful card! You work so well with the gelli plate. I tried my hand at it and it just wasn’t for me. Very well done, my friend!

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  7. This is so stunning; just beautiful. Love the color combo and the yummy texture of the paste.

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  8. Lovely card...I've never tried the gelli plate, but I love your results

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  9. Oooh, I love the combination of the brown background with your spectacular blue flower. The texture paste accent give this one a vintage, artsy look that really appeals.

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  10. This is so gorgeous! That background is just spectacular.

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  11. Just a beautiful card! Your background is amazing and that blue flower is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I haven't ever made gel plate backgrounds, but the background gives just enough texture for that blue flower to shine!

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  13. This is absolutely stunning! I love the blue!

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  14. Lovely card and
    the paste looks
    so pretty.
    Carla from Utah

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  15. Wow! What a gorgeous card! I love using my gelli prints for card backgrounds, but I forget about adding dimension with texture paste. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  16. Oh my goodness. This is such a delicate card. Love the texture paste color on the brown. Lovely finger dimension on the flower. Stunning! I'm not usually a fan of jelly plate, but this result was exceptional!

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  17. Your card is gorgeous! I love all of the details and the texture. I guess I now need a gelli plate. LOL Beautiful!!
    - Doreen @ whereisyourhappyplace.blogspot.com

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  18. Simply fabulous! Love that you added some depth and shading to the flower with your water colors. Really makes it pop!

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  19. Wow that is a stunning sympathy card!!!

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