I find that sympathy cards are among the hardest to design--even more so than masculine cards. For me, it's about finding just the right balance between enough embellishments to make it special but a clean design to convey peace and serenity.
So how did I do? Do you feel calm looking at this card? :-) One way I think it conveys a calming effect is through color. The Color Coach came through on this one for me: Not Quite Navy, Pool Party and So Saffron are pleasing to the eye as well as cool and serene. I stamped the large background stamp, Pleasant Poppies, onto Pool Party designer paper with Not Quite Navy ink.
I stamped it a second time and fussy cut a few flowers for added dimension. This adds some interest but isn't too heavy or busy to detract from the overall feeling of the card. I matted the focal image on So Saffron and added a sentiment from Loving Thoughts--also on So Saffron cardstock. Just a touch of Not Quite Navy taffeta ribbon keeps it simple but elegant.
I hope you like my Poppies Full of Sympathy card and feel inspired to play along with our challenge at The Paper Players. Be sure to stop by and check out the work of the other Design Team members...you won't be disappointed! If you can play along with our challenge this week, just remember that it closes Friday, February 8th at Noon (PST). Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies; Loving Thoughts
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Not Quite Navy, So Saffron cardstock; In Color Designer Paper Patterns Stack
Extras: Not Quite Navy taffeta ribbon; paper snips