This week, Stuck on U Sketches has a die cut challenge where we are to use an Umbrella in our design. The only time I have liked umbrellas was when I was walking under one in the rain. Other than that I think they can rather be a nuisance. For me they are always getting lost, elsewhere when it is raining, flipping up in the wind, or tearing. But with rain they are wonderful. Given this sentiment toward the accessory, I decided to make a sympathy card with one.
I tend to keep sympathy cards plain. I don't think lavish embellishment is going to make anyone feel better than a simply stated feeling of condolence. So, when making one, the elements or design need to pop. I started with highly contrasting colors. One can't get any more contrasting than black and white, so I started there. To add pop of color I used the Hello There pink patterned paper by Carta Bella. I cut the Silhouette die cut girl out and then glued and sprinkled her with glitter to give the card less of an austere look, The frame is also a silhouette cut. I used the Carta Bella Wildflower wood grain look pattern to give the frame an antique wood look. The black background paper was from a pattern that I had in my Silhouette software, but I am not sure who made it. I pop dotted the pink oval and the girl on top of that to give the card some dimension. The sentiment was stamped with a Technique Tuesday stamp I have had for a while now. (so long, it is now yellow)
Head over to the Stuck On U Sketches blog to see what the other designers came up with for this challenge. You might just find some inspiration for a rainy day.