As much as I love to make cards, and I do love to make cards, I don’t enjoy making sympathy cards. It’s not as hard if I make them ahead as I did this card. I can hardly believe that the stamp set I used, Lovely As a Tree, is going to retire! I think it is one of the first stamp sets I bought. It never has failed to be part of a lovely card.

Lovely as a tree stamp set, sympathy card, emboss resist, Stampin' Up!,

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Design Notes for Lovely As A Tree Card:

Well, as you might know, I love to heat emboss. This card shows a technique called emboss resist. When I was a kid, I recall creating a Halloween picture with crayons and then painting over it with black paint. The crayon drawing resisted the paint and showed through. I thought that was the greatest! Emboss resist is the same principal.

  • Use Versamark to stamp image.
  • Cover image with clear embossing powder and heat.
  • Use Daubers or sponges to go over the image.
  • Lightly wipe the image to remove any color.

I used Daubers to color over the image. Here are the colors.

I like this color combination. Remeber, Tranquil Tide is retiring so get any ink, card stock or ribbon now while it is in stock.

Purchase List for Lovely As A Tree Card:

Tranquil Tide is not the only retiring product I used. Lovely As a Tree will retire, sad to say. It is currently available in either wood mount or clear mount. Buy it today!

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