Thursday, September 1, 2016


Hello Friends,

Another month means another challenge at House of Cards. A beautiful card for a beautiful challenge, enjoy!

These flowers are so pretty. Using the masking technique allows one flower to stamped many times and look like a bouquet.


The sentiment is so well placed right in the middle of the flourish (at least I think that is what it is called). It seems to blend into the design so nicely.

Left/Top: The card is bordered in white. It is meant to lighten the otherwise heavy scene. Lots of large flowers made finding the right sentiment difficult. They all seemed too small until I found this one. Perfect!! Right/Bottom: The set comes with series of stamps to shade the flower. I apparently need more practice. So I used the outlined image and colored it using watercolor. I still think it is so pretty and turned out quite well..

I am always so honored to be asked to make a card for someone to send out. But before I start I like to talk to the person who asked me to make the card what the back story is about. I think knowing why you are making a card beyond just the sentiment makes a better designer. This backstory was particularly tragic and so troubling to hear.  The woman was only twenty-one years old; that is tragic enough but when lifeguarding she was struck by lightning. It was a completely random accident. I cannot imagine her parents hearing this news. That who the card is for, the parents of this young woman who was taken so early.  

While I was making this card I kept silently asking her if I was doing what she thinks her parents would like. Strange I know, but in a small way I think she was answering yes. 

I know this a very somber note to leave on, but I do hope you will be able to play along with us at House of Cards. As usual we really enjoy seeing your take on the challenge. So please hop on over and see what the other8 talented DT's created. See you there and until next time take care.

All the best,


Donna said...

Gorgeous card and coloring, sending prayers to the family of this tragedy. Hugs, Donna HOC teammate

Mynn xx said...

This is beautiful, Shawna, and I am sure it brought great comfort to this family. What a sad story! Thank you for sharing your talent with us, friend! Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Mac Mable said...

Such a traffic event, really can't image the parents grief x The most beautiful and appropriate card, so delicate and so very pretty x

foleysfriend said...

One can feel the love you put into this stunning card; Just perfect

sue n.

Jane Knudsen said...

Wow! This card is a stunner! Your coloring is really soft and beautiful! jane hoc teamie

wannabcre8tive said...

A fabulous card and the coloring is outstanding.

Susan Renshaw said...

What a beautiful card!
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