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26 May 2011

...with sympathy...

My husband's uncle Zareer passed away last week. He was a very kind man, and lived a good, long life with his family in India.  He traveled to the States with his wife a few times, including a special trip for our wedding, which was great!  Our wedding pictures are from the pre-digital era, otherwise I'd show you a super-cute photo of Zareer holding our friends' 6-month-old son at our rehearsal dinner -- the youngest and oldest attendees in one shot. Perhaps some scanning is in order :)

The sympathy card we send to his wife needs to be relatively flat to survive the rigors of the Indian postal system, which is far from speedy. Here's what I came up with:

I used a soft gold metallic cardstock, some die-cut leaves for (flat) flair, and a simple stamped frame and image (all but the base -- Papertrey Ink). The focal point was originally stamped on white cardstock, but that proved to be far too bright, so I grabbed some distress stain in antique linen and blotted it on to tone it down a bit and give a softly mottled look. 

Since the base is a bit smaller than a standard A2 card, it'll still fit in a regular envelope even with the leaves. I sure hope it survives the long trip!  This is also the first week I've played along with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenges -- this week's challenge is to make a sympathy card. 

In other news, Saturday's roller derby bout went really well -- pretty exciting stuff, excellent skating, no injuries...and it was a lot of fun. My NSO (non-skating official) team did a great job, too!  In other other news, d'you like my new blog header?

Have a delightful day. 

Supplies: Round and Round set, Mat Stack 1 die, Turning a New Leaf dies (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango, and Old Olive inks, Old Olive cardstock (Stampin' Up); Distress Stain (Ranger); Gold brushed-metallic cardstock.


Meg said...

Beautiful sympathy card. I love how you muted down the image with some antique linen. I'm sure his wife will appreciate this.

Like your new blog header, too (almost thought I went to the wrong blog!)

Lindsey said...

Such a beautiful sympathy card... I hope it gets to India safely.
Wow, what a blog header change! I like it!

Emily Leiphart said...

I love the new blog header, Ang, and your card is really beautiful. I think the recipient is going to appreciate the gold card base. I love that it's cut to A2 considering the leaves and I HOPE it makes it there, too, as I'm well aware of the snafus of the Indian postal system!

Liz Michaud said...

Love the blog header!! I thought I was at the wrong blog for a second. Great card... I hope it makes it in once piece - so thoughtful of you. I hope you do scan some of your wedding photos. I would love to see some!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Angela, Your blog looks perfick, love the new header:0) The beautiful sympathy card is a very calm and gentle colour way and I'm sure will be really appreciated in India by your Hubby's aunty. Awful post there:{
Glad all went well at the roller derby, lovely news after the sad beginning. Keep well:0) xxx

kasia c. said...

I'm sorry to hear about your husbands uncle. What an amazing pic that must be, oldest and youngest in the same pic!

You're card is beautiful! I love all of the layers. And what you did with the butterfly. :)

p.s. LOVE your new header!!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Fun blog header! So sorry to hear about your husband's uncle. Your card is lovely - hope it arrives soon and in good condition! Sounds like you've done all you can to help facilitate that. Sure it will be appreciated.