Today I want to share some pet sympathy cards. These were made using paper from Graphic 45, stamps from JustRite and dies from Spellbinders. (Don’t you just love it when all your craft supplies work well together?)
The cards were very easy to assemble. I chose one of the beautiful papers from the Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs collection as my patterned paper layer, and used two coordinating solids (black and dark ivory). The card is an A2 card, so the black base is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″, the ivory layer is 4″ x 5.25″, and the patterned paper layer is 3.75″ x 5″. I attached the layers together with 1/4″ Angel Craft tape. My next step was to add the ribbon. My ivory ribbon was kind of narrow, so I decided on a double row of ribbon, both up and down and sideways. At the corner, the ribbon is woven for a little interest.
I cut the dog and cat heart medallions from the dark ivory paper using the Spellbinders dies, “Pawing Around (Dog)” and “Pawing Around (Cat)”. Spellbinders included instructions with both dies indicating that they are fairly detailed (and giving tips to cut them properly), but I didn’t really need to do anything special to cut them out. I just ran them through my Grand Calibur twice and they cut perfectly. Here is a close-up of the medallions —
When I laid the medallions on the paper, I found that they “blended” too much with the background, and so I cut a scalloped circle for the hearts to sit on. This makes them stand out much more.
The JustRite Pet Sympathy stamp set has a number of different sentiments that can be used to express your support during a time of loss. I selected two of them for my sample cards. They are stamped in black ink on the dark ivory paper, and then I cut a small piece of black to create frame for the sentiment. I attached both the sentiment and the heart medallion with dimensional adhesive.
The final touch to finish each card was just to add a bow where the ribbons meet, and a few black rhinestones along the side of the heart. The cards are simple, but very fitting the occasion. I think any grieving pet owner would be happy to receive one. Note that JustRite also makes a sentiment set to welcome new pets to a household. Please see the short video for a closer look at the stamps and dies I used to create my cards (and the “Furry Friends” stamp set).
Supplies available from Cut@Home:
JustRite Clear Stamps — Pet Sympathy (SKU CR-02174); and Furry Friends (SKU CR-02173)
Spellbinders dies — Pawing Around Dog (SKU S4-515); and Pawing Around Cat (SKU S4-516)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)
Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 12×12 paper pad (SKU 4500970)
Supplies from my stash — Black and dark ivory cardstock, dimensional adhesive, ribbon, scalloped circle die, black rhinestones
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!