I'm not often afraid of a stamp, but I have to share something with you, my blog readers. I purchased the Phyllis Harris stamp "Easier with You by my Side" and then was terrified to ink it up. That horse SCARED me! I have a healthy respect for horses IRL, and it has transferred over to this stamp. Well, a friend of mine lost her father, and he was a huge horse person. He spent his whole life around horses, having a team of Percherons he took to many local parades for years. My friend still has 5 horses. So, I knew it was time to give this stamp some love and get over my fear.
I haven't been up close to too many horses, so I was unsure of how to color this one, but this is what I did with it. I gave the girl the same color hair as my friend's, knowing it would remind her of her childhood, and of course it did. She tells me it's the only sympathy card she got that made her cry. And to that I say, "Phew! Those tears gotta come."
I used MME Miss Caroline Dolled Up 12x12 paper for the base of the card and the woodgrain piece behind the stamped horse image. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of wood veneer cut using a Spellbinders die, then stamped with Stazon ink. The ribbon is 3 Girl Jam Wine and Jewels. The image is stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copics. The background is sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink -- broken china.
This second card is one I made a few months ago, but I don't think I ever posted it.