Fall Themed Sympathy for InKing Royalty Blog Hop

I know that a theme of Fall doesn’t usually bring to mind a sympathy card, but sympathy cards are needed all year long and Fall is no exception.  I recently  pulled out my last sympathy card for a co-worker to use last week.  So because you can’t really plan ahead for a sympathy card like you can a birthday or anniversary or holiday, I like to keep them on hand.  I also wanted to try my hand at a new technique I saw recently.  So here goes.

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Dog Days Are Over.” While we still feel the heat from a long, hot summer, August is a perfect time of year to start planning our Fall-themed cards. The projects in our hop will showcase Autumn, back-to-school and warm colors – you might even see a dog or two! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


Don’t you just love these leaves. I had seen another card on a facebook page where black cardstock was used with white  Here’s how I did it.

  • Stamp image using Versamark on dark colored cardstock and emboss with white embossing powder .  I used the leaves from Rooted in Nature stamp set and black cardstock.
  • Color in the whole image with white watercolor pencil
  • Color over the image with other colored watercolor pencils.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crushed Curry  and Cajun Craze.  Some from the Assortment number 1 watercolor set and some from the new Assortment #2 now available in August as part of the Blended Seasons suite.  You can order just the watercolor pencils without the rest of the bundle and I highly recommend you do so.

I used the Stitched Labels for my sentiment and some of the copper woven ribbon for accent. I spread the ribbon out to make the webbed look.  Some final touches with copper and silver leaf accents.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


Thank you for hopping along with us

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  12. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  13. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  14. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie


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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. A beautiful card for any occasion just by changing the sentiment! I love your technique.

  2. Love the copper ribbon and the embossed and colored leaves. This is a beautiful card, Lynn. TFS. Enjoy your day!

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  4. I love the details in this card. So much texture and interest. Well done.

  5. I love the technique for the leaves! I’m going to have to give it a try!

  6. What a sweet card for a sad occasion. The technique on the leaves is just perfect.

  7. Lynn, this is breath taking. The love everything about it.

  8. (Jaw on floor.) This is stunning, Lynn! Thanks for sharing this new technique, that I have to go try right now!

  9. Beautiful use of layers and textiles. This would surely make someone feel blessed to receive this work of art.

  10. Thank you for sharing this technique! Love all of the texture and colors on your lovely card.

  11. I love the leaves. I pinned your card so I can try that technique.

  12. Such a wonderful technique with an INCREDIBLE effect, Lynn! So powerful and beautiful against that black background. <3

  13. Lynn, I also try to keep sympathy cards on hand. It can be hard to create during the time of need. Your technique is new to me and very beautiful.
    I also love your many layers. Thanks!

  14. Beautiful card, Lynn! Those leaves are just stunning, and I can’t wait to give this technique a try.

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