Monday, May 21, 2012

MDS Monday- Sympathy Card

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Hey y'all. Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for an amazing week. Just four more days until the long weekend. Woo-Hoo!!! :)

I don't know about you but I always find Sympathy cards difficult. It just seems like such a hard line to toe, pretty but not frou-frou and finding just the right words to say is so hard. I sold one of my sympathy cards recently and the purchaser commented to me that she loved the fact that unlike most commercial cards the sentiment was short and sweet. *Whew* :) That made me really appreciate the sentiments SU has.

I was trying to figure out what kind of card/project to make for today's MDS Monday and decided to use a sketch as a jumping-off point. I found one over at Sunny Challenges and Creations  that I thought looked do-able. Then I looked through my handy-dandy notebook of all my current downloads and found one I thought I could incorporate into the sketch.

Here's today's card-

MDS Sympathy Card - All Original Downloads
I love our My Digital Studio program. Although I have downloaded some new items (mostly punches and a few kits) I have been able to create most of my MDS projects with items that came with my original purchase of the full program. I'm so excited about the New MDS 2 coming out later this year, especially the ability to color stamps with multiple colors. How exciting is that!?!

For this card I started with a base of Night of Navy. I layered Brocade Blue and Night of Navy Textile DSP on top and added a Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon and knot. For the focal point I added two medium oval punches that I enlarged a little. I love having the ability to change the size of the punches to make them just what you want and need. Such a cool feature. I like to use MDS to get ideas and try sketches and cards before actually using cardstock to create. Although it may take a little time to do two cards, I don't end up wasting c/s trying to get my measurements just right. I know exactly what sizes to cut because the card sizes match up perfectly. :) My favorite feature however, and I use it almost every time I do a project is the Opacity feature. I love being able to change the depth of color just like stamping off in real life. I used this feature to lighten the floral element in the center. It's actually Night of Navy lightened to about 60%.

Here's the inside-

MDS Sympathy Card- Inside

Although I wanted to keep the inside elegant and simple, you know it was killing me to think of a "plain" inside. What to do.... carry over the image from the front, enlarge it (love that you can change the size of stamps too!) and lighten it just this side of a "watermark". I think it makes a nice addition without detracting from the sentiment. What do you think?

It's the first time I've played along with Sunny Challenges and Creations and didn't realize until I pulled up the site to link it here that their challenge was also using current In-Colors. I hope they won't mind too very much that I submitted even though this only meets half their challenge. Ooops.

That's all I have for you today. What do you think? I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and although I don't have that particular DSP, I'm sure I could use one from one of the Color-Stacks and make an equally beautiful card.

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I hope you'll come back soon, and see what I've got for you. I've even already got not just a Clean & Simple card but a one-layer C&S one at that ready to go.

Wishing you an Amazing Day!

Till next time-

Remember- Life is often  more about the storms, than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storm to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be safe,

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  1. Oh this is a great card Shannon & I really like how you flipped the challenge. Perfect for a sympathy card as it is very soft yet clean. Your inside is lovely too. So glad you found us & could join us at Sunny Challenges & Creations

  2. Shannon, this is beautiful, and like Vicky I love how you flipped the sketch, and utilised your MDS.Thank you so much for joining us this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations!

  3. Lovely card Shannon. Your interpretation of our sketch is fabulous and how lucky are you to be able to use MDS. Thanks for playing along with us at Sunny Challenges and Creations this week.


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