A couple of weeks ago, I spent the afternoon making cards (as I do most weekend afternoons). I was working with a colorful group of Stampin’ Up!’s designer series papers and their coordinating solid colored card stocks (mostly Melon Mambo) but was getting tired of making thank you, birthday, and thinking of you cards, more appropriate to the colors I was using. So my mind started to wander to the new Lotus Blossom stamp set I’d received during this year’s Sale-a-Bration promotion. I decided to try it out using Melon Mambo ink. The results were spectacular, as you can see.
But the question now was, what type of card should I make to go along with it? My answer? A sympathy card! The message inside reads “May you find comfort in God’s word and in the knowledge that others care and sympathize with you.”
I used the same patterned paper, stamp set and light pink card stock base to make a general “apology” card (there is no sentiment stamped on the inside so it can be used for any occasion where “I’m sorry” needs to be said).
As I think I’ve written here before, I love bright colors. But as I step back now after a few weeks, I must admit I’ve begun to question that decision. Seriously. Pink for a sympathy card?!?!?! What was I thinking?
Obviously, I wasn’t. While I can’t quite bring myself to dislike these cards (I just love the colors) I know in my heart that the colors clash with the sentiments they convey. And as much as my head tries to rationalize it (even as I write this I continue to try to justify the color choices…..), I know I went a little too far with my creative license on these.
Just as per Ecclesiastes 3:1, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven, to every occasion there are fitting card designs and less fitting ones. Not that an occasional non-traditional look isn’t good. It can be great in fact, but more me, at least, I think I’m going to stick with the traditional from here on out. In fact I spent this morning working on sympathy cards that can be used at work. They are all done in browns, ivories, greens, and rich purples. They look much more appropriate, don’t you think?
I could go on about the “psychology of color” (and there are plenty of websites out there on the subject), but I think, for now at least, I’ll just stick with my gut instincts….and avoid pink for sympathy cards in the future!!