Cards

Aquene

Aquene

I’ve been experimenting with making cards that highlight indigenous words for a while now. You might remember that I’ve made a few Nipmuc language thank you cards in recent months. As I’ve written before, the making of these cards is my way of highlighting Native language reclamation efforts. Many tribes, not only in Massachusetts but also throughout New England and North America in general, are working to revive languages that were lost for years (hundreds of years in some cases) because of colonization and Native assimilation processes that have taken place for centuries. This week I’m sharing a very basic language card that features the word aquene.

Aquene means peace in the language of my ancestors.

Aquene

 

And nothing too complicated here. I die cut the letters in black from this die set, and mounted them to a craft card base. I used a stamp from this Wplus9 holiday stamp set to provide the English translation. I’m thinking this would make a good sympathy card, though I’m hoping I won’t need another one anytime soon.

Aquene,

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Another Simple Sympathy Card

These are, for me, the least fun cards to make. But, sometimes the challenge of making a sympathy card that conveys a message of heartfelt condolence (while not being a total downer) is a worthwhile one to take on.

Simple sympathy card

I really love a simple watercolor wash for the background of a sympathy card. I find the ethereal nature of the watercolor effect to be really soothing yet poignant at the same time. So, the few sympathy cards I’ve made in the last few years have really given me the opportunity to play with watercolor washes – building up layers, mixing colors, messing up and starting over. All of that good stuff. And, if you just let the water do the work for you, you end up not overthinking the end result, which is nice when you are working on this kind of card.

Simple sympathy card

I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors on some Canson watercolor paper for the panel. As I said, I let the water do most of the work and painted several layers, letting each layer dry before adding more color.

Simple sympathy card

I cut out the dried panel using a stitched rectangle die. For the sentiment, I used a With Sympathy die from Simon Says Stamp. This one is quite delicate, and I find I always like the end result best if I layer up several die cuts on top of each other (I typically adhere them together with spray adhesive.).  I used some double sided tape to adhere the panel to an off-white colored 4Bar card base and called it a day. I debated sequins, but decided it would be best to leave this one un-embellished.

Simple sympathy card

 

kimberly

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A Simple (and Pink) Birthday Card

Wishing You The Happiest Birthday CardIt’s official. I can’t stop making cards.

Happiest Birthday CardThis one is one of my favorites, and I let a piece of patterned paper do most of the work! I used my Wishing die once again and layered several of the die cuts to make that part of the sentiment really stand out (I also added a small piece of vellum behind the word to give it some extra pop. For the panel, I cut down a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (I love those irregular pink ombre dots) to the size of my card, but then chopped it apart toward the bottom to create some blank space inside of which I stamped my sentiment. I mounted everything on an A2 size card base, and added a little enamel dot to the left of the sentiment to finish it off.

Birthday Card

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Wishing You Joy

Wishing You Both Joy CardSharing a very clean and simple card today. I made this card by first blending some distress ink onto a piece of white cardstock then die-cutting the “wishing” sentiment and layering the colored piece on top of several die cuts of the same sentiment from plain white cardstock. I scored two lines onto the lower portion of my card base, stamped the “you both joy” stamp between the lines (I’m lucky it fit just right, because I didn’t do any measuring) and then glued my wishing sentiment above the top score line.

Wishing You Joy CardAfter everything was put together, I decided I’d go ahead and round the top edges of the card, just to add a little somethin’ somethin.’

Wishing You Both Joy

Happy Friday!

kimberly