Family Pet Veterinary Center Handmade Cards

Every week we send out many cards to clients. Some are welcoming them to the office. Others are congratulations. We always send sympathy cards for the loss of a pet. Most of these cards are hand stamped.

Clients have likely seen information on our dental referral service. I am in a residency program in veterinary dentistry. Why do I like it so much? Dentistry is the best way to improve the lives of pets. It is also the arts and crafts of veterinary medicine. I need to use my art side as well as my science side.

There are times I am overwhelmed with work/family/life. My stress relief/outlet is a half hour of paper crafting – I feel renewed and love that I can admire in a short time something gorgeous I’ve accomplished. Then I am able to get back to the long marathon tasks instead of the almost instant gratification of many paper crafts.

While I am an experienced paper crafter, it’s always fun to learn new techniques. I signed up with Altenew’s classes to view other ideas. These classes are easy for me to view on my phone when I have a few minutes between meetings.

This blog series will showcase projects from the classes I’m using to make the sympathy or welcome cards for the office.

In the class, Let it Shine, many shiny techniques were shown: glitter, glitter tape, embossing, rhinestones, sequins, mirror card stock, shimmer pen, foil, etc… The designs shown were primarily clean layouts always with some sparkle. I wanted to add some new shine techniques in my demo card. The additional techniques I used that were not in this class are: acetate, inka gold as paint, glass glitter, pearlized card stock, clear lacquer, and gilding flakes. I also used dry embossing and the shown effects of glitter tape and mirror card stock.

I chose butterflies – one of my favorite images for cards. I did not have a sympathy die and would have preferred it as butterflies are good for sympathy cards especially paired with a saying from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”

I chose a monochromatic effect with gold/metallics and white:


No stamping was done in this card, only dies with my Big Shot machine.

The base is made from pearlized card stock, folded and a quarter page of acetate attached with double stick tape and altenew’s glitter washi. A strip of mirror card stock was used to sandwich the acetate and complete the look. Sizzix’s large butterfly (Tim Holtz?) was cut with a steel rule die then dry embossed with the coordinating embossing folder. The body of the butterfly is clear lacquer that can be used as dew drops in flower cards. Gilding flakes in metallic colors were pressed onto the dry embossed areas and adhered with tombo monoadhesive. Inka gold Bees Wax pain was used with a water brush to apply to some of the embossed areas. The margins of the butterfly were finished with tombo and silver glass glitter. The die cut hello was attached with tombo and the bottom edge of mirror card stock was attached with redline double sided tape.

If you are the recipient of this card from my office, I hope it brightens your day!

Dr. Jen