Today's card was made for a sad occasion. Yesterday my stepson, who is 21 years old, made the very difficult decision to have his lifelong companion, a soft grey kitty named "Powder," euthanized at the vet's suggestion because Powder, who had lived a fulfilling 18 years, was exhibiting signs that his kidneys were shutting down. He was a loving kitty, loyal to his best friend through thick and thin, and my stepson has never known a day in his life without him. We are all very sad for him and the very tough decision he was adult enough to make to make his beloved companion comfortable one last time.
I took guidelines for this card from the challenge going on over at Flourishes in their Pick One Challenge, found here. You choose one each from three sketches, three color schemes, and three types of embellishments, giving one lots of opportunities for creativity. I like this idea! The choices are from the following:
I used the stamp set "Calla Lilies" and colored the image with Copics. I used markers from the blue/green series, though oddly they're showing as brighter blue. Hmmm...
The side layer was embossed using Core'dinations paper and then sanded to bring out the lighter color.
The sentiment...now that was a tough one. I tried it on white CS, but it was too bright and detracted from the image, so I then decided to use vellum which I colored with one of the same colors I had used on the image. It toned the little banner down and helped it blend with the background much better. A vintage button and vintage velvet ribbon were used. A bit of additional ribbon and some Dew Drops complete this simple, masculine card.
Thank you for joining me, and please say a little prayer for my stepson. He's missing his buddy something fierce.
Stamps: Calla Lilies (Flourishes)
Ink: Versafine Smoky Gray, Night of Navy (SU)
Paper: X-Press it Blending Card, Pool Party, Night of Navy (SU), Core'dinations (aqua)
Extras: Dies: Ovals Stax (Dienamics), vintage button, vintage velvet ribbon, RRR ribbon, Copics, dimensionals, vellum, Fancy Fan ef (SU), Dew Drops.
Flourishes Pick One Challenge