I have made sympathy cards for animals to include dogs, cats and horses. This is the first time I've made a sympathy card for the loss of a chicken. A sweet friend's most prize hen was killed by a coyote and my friend is heart broken. My friend said, "Camilla was a wonderful momma and she raised my whole flock. I'm in tears that in spite of all the precautions we took when we saw a predator in the area he dug in under the fence apparently and got my lovely hen. I miss her spirit, her protectiveness, her diva personality. I feel dumb for loving a chicken, but I do..."
I don't think it is dumb at all to love one of God's creatures, no matter what kind of animal it is, so I wanted to make a special card in remembrance of Camilla for my friend.For this card I used a Stampin' Up! set titled "Roosting". It is a retired set and I'm so glad I have it as it has lovely stamps of a beautiful rooster, baby chicks, an egg basket as well as this lovely stamp of a hen. I tried to color the hen as close as possible to match my friend's lovely Camilla hen using copic markers. The background chicken wire is a background stamp by Darcie's. I stamped the chicken wire with versamark and then embossed with ultrafine antique gold embossing powder. Camilla's name is computer generated and I punched out the image and name with my spellbinders nestabilities oval and scalloped oval dies, added a bit of raffia and some burnished bronze brads and a bit of sponging and spritzing of walnut ink to age it and finish it off.
In the past two weeks I've made and sent 12 sympathy cards for the loss of pets. So sad... I hope it will be a long while before I find the need to make more sympathy cards.
Until next time,