So, it’s the last of my ’12 Dies of Clarity’ challenge posts today, this time with the ‘ivy leaves’ aperture die that was December’s New Design Club from Claritystamp. This is a gorgeous die, and I used the inspiration from Dee Paramour on the project sheet as a basis for this sympathy card.
I started by trimming a piece of ‘Rainbow River’ designer paper in a dark green to fit on a 6×6 card blank, and then cut an aperture in the centre with the nested square dies. I cut the ivy leaves out of the same paper, and then snipped them out of the frame. I tucked them into the corner of designer paper before attaching it to the card front.
I cut the die out a couple more times, and again snipped the leaves free, this time just using two of them from each one. I then attached them either side of the first set to cover two sides of the frame, which hopefully looks like ivy growing across the card just as it does on the walls of buildings.
I finished by stamping the sentiment from the ‘Barbara’s handwriting’ set in the top corner, using Archival ink in ‘watering can.
Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards over recent months, and it doesn’t look as though things will get better here in the UK for some weeks yet. There is always hope on the horizon though, and the ivy is tenacious and evergreen so we just need to keep going and, in the words of Barbara Gray, ‘this too shall pass’. Take care & stay safe everyone.