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Quick & Easy With Sympathy Card: Harmony Stamp Set | The Rabbit Hole Designs

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share an easy and pretty quick (depending how you want to color) sympathy card using the Harmony Stamp Set and the Splish Splash 6 x 6 Stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs. Along with a few distress oxide inks, and a few other simple tools, that you may already have on hand.

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Quick & Easy With Sympathy Card:

The first thing that I did for my card was to stamp out the image from the Harmony 4 x 4 Stamp Set, Illustrated exclusively by Tatsiana Zayats for The Rabbit Hole Designs, in an alcohol marker friendly ink on my favorite white cardstock. My go to ink for this is Memento Tuxedo Black, because I have used it for years and I know I can trust it and it not smear. Plus, I normally don't have to heat set it; unlike some of the other inks on the market.

Harmony With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins

Once I had the image Harmony Stamp Set stamped out I started the coloring process. I used my Ohuhu Honolulu Brush Markers for this. I knew I wanted to do something with a transition of color from the beautifully drawn flowing tail to the body. So, I went with a few shades of blues that would blend nicely at the end of the tail. And then I used a few purple shades to transition the blue into the reds I used on the body. Between the purple and red areas I just went back and forth with my markers adding layers until I achieved the blend that I was going for with a seamless transition. Sometimes with alcohol markers you have to do this to get the look you want. So, don't be afraid to go over the area you're working on a few times. You may have to give it a few minutes to dry each time between layers and come back. This way you don't over saturate the paper to quickly and get bleed out.

Harmony With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Once I had all the red colored in on the fish (beta or koi). I colored them as beta fish today. I picked colors that I knew would work well with the other colors I had already colored on the fish from the Harmony Stamp Set. I picked a yellow-green for the leaves and a lighter purple color to color the flowers. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the two beta fish before moving on. Once the coloring was completed I could cut out the image. I did not used the coordinating Harmony Dies for this, but you could if you wanted to. And just stamp the sentiment after the fact. I just traced around the stamped and colored images with a pencil very lightly and used my paper snips to cut inside the lines leaving a slight boarder.

Harmony With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

At this point I started working on my background panel. I used the Splish Splash 6 x 6 Stencil along with three shades of Distress Oxide Inks (listed below in the Materials Used Section) and my CottonTail Blending Brushes to ink blend over the Splish Splash Stencil. I started with the lightest color first and then added the darker two shades to the outside edge of the stencil to create a center vignette on the card and draw your eyes to that area. Next I added a second layer with the Splish Splash Stencil but I turned it 180 degrees and flipped it over to add a second layer the exact same way. But this gave me a second layer of ink blending which allowed the colors in some areas to be darker as you can see in the picture if you look closely.

(Wondering what I used in this video/project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

Harmony With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Side View

After my ink blending was completed I cut down my panel to 4" x 5 1/4" and attached it to an A2 size white card base.  I then added the focal panel of the stamped and colored beta fish from the Harmony Stamp Set to the card front with foam adhesive. To finish off the card I added a few white gel pen details to the fish for my highlights and sprinkled around a few of the Clear Sparkle Enamel Dots next to the sentiment.

And there you have it my friends that's how you can create a quick and easy with sympathy card using the Harmony Stamp Set and the Splish Splash Stencil. I hope that you have a wonderful day, and remember do something crafty today!

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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins


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