The usual color scheme seems to be blue, lavender, cream or something serene. However in both the families I am sending these to, the passing of their loved one is a mixed blessing. Therefore I chose to go with something that is elegant, simple and use some brighter colors.
The paper is somewhat of a damask looking pattern from DCVW "The Mango Frost" mat stack. It has an embossed texture with the hint of glitter. This is the standard 5.50" X 4.25" card that is layered with white card stock on a dark apricot card stock from Provo Craft. The border strip uses a Fiskar punch that mimics the background paper.
Since this is a simple card with clean lines I used the Spellbinders Labels two and a rub on from My Favorite Things for the outside sentiment. I really love the embellishments from Creative Charms. The soft blue flower and the gradient gems are from this company. I also cut a small flower from one of my nestabilities by Spellbinders.The blue grosgrain ribbon was a left over scrap. (I love when this happens!).
Just a word about the stamps from My Favorite Things. Their stamps are fantastic! They are very detailed and have sets that have wording for the outside and inside of their stamps. It truly takes the guess work out of what to use for the sentiment. They have a birthday set as well as this sympathy set. There are several sayings and sentiments in the collection so you have better choices to customize your cards.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on my color choice for this card.