(Regular card blog at bottom. Crafter psyche rant commences... now:)
Dear Readers: I have found my self personifying a card-- calling a card or a project "he" or "she" in the past-- and as I opened this email to type, I could not spit out what I would normally say: "Here he is," or "Here she is." Whoa! I noticed that I couldn't spit out the basic information in my characteristic casual language... it surprised me. Like, I am always so "friendly" with my projects. Even if I am not pleased with the way they turn out, I still give it the ol': "Well, it's not the prettiest little card, but, aww, the little scamp..." as if the card is some rescued mangy dog. Not this card!
So, in my weird way, I felt guilty that I had no attachment... until I started considering the facts: I had set out to make sympathy cards. Okay, who actually likes to make sympathy cards??? OMG, no! I can look back at cards from the past-- and I've done some decent sympathy cards, I guess-- and upon examining this'n, I can positively say that, without a doubt, sympathy cards are the most challenging and my least favorite flavor of card! And for two separate reasons!: i.e. because it is challenging does not make me dislike it! Right? Do we all feel this way? It has been an interesting discussion with myself!
Further, might I add that I did not know the woman who died. She was my Mother-In-Law's cousin's wife. Yes, we exchanged xmas cards, but I'd never spoken to the woman. So my personal attachment was not great. But I still hated making these cards for her family! Ahhh... I feel too much. It surprises me.
And to close on all of that, can I now wrap it up full-circle and say that I realize the root of my problem is "feeling too much," and yet I feel absolutely nothing for these cards? The irony.
To the two people who read that, I owe you a bottle of something... :)
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Here it is, my card for Sketch Saturday #393:
Here is the very nice sketch:
Supplies and notes:
- I ended up with bonus enveloped from my xmas cards... I don't think I had to tear any up as the result of writing mistakes! Anyway, so I have a stash of nice 4x8" envelopes that I get to use now!
- I used an old Rubber Stampede stamp inked with Tim's Gathered Twigs and Frayed Burlap then spritzed and pressed in successive generations with slight re-inking and spritzing
- I tore a piece of DCWV for the stripe, and I added a piece of scrap vellum
- No sentiment... what the hell do you even say? I guess "With Sympathy" works, but I always prefer sentimentless anyway... Rrrr. Sympathy cards.