I began my new career in pet medicine a little over a month ago. Fortunately, during my time in this new career, I have only witnessed one euthanasia, thus far... However, during this time, I have seen many healthy pets, many sick pets that got better, and others who we were unsure of how much longer they would live. Though we may love our pets more than anything in the world, nothing can stop their lives from coming to an end at some point during our lifetime as we have longer live spans than animals. Many people have experienced the moment of having to "let go" for the sake of their pet to ensure they can pass with some dignity, despite how hard it is to let go and say goodbye. Today I learned that one of my coworkers recently had to make this very hard decision.
When I began this job, I knew pet loss would be a part of it. I stocked up on some stamps that I could use to make cards to help support those in pain from letting their loved ones go. It was finally time to break those out and make a card to help my coworker during this healing process.
For the design of my card, there were no sketch challenges currently going on that I felt would fit the ideas I had in mind. I decided instead to search "card sketch" on google, click images, and select a sketch that I thought would work well with my ideas. Below is the sketch I came across and decided to use.
After deciding on a sketch design, I decided to check out some color challenges for a color palette that would work for the card I had in mind. I came across MFT Color Challenge 52 and really liked the combination of colors. Since I wasn't quite sure if my coworker's pet was a male/female or cat/dog, I felt this design with the sketch and colors was well-rounded enough to work for anything. Because I don't have MFT papers, I used my Stampin' Up! papers that matched as close as possible to the MFT color combo. I chose Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, and Crumb Cake. They don't match perfectly, but I did think the colors went together just as well.
I ended up making this card twice. The first time, I made a lot of mistakes... I'm very rusty since I haven't made any cards in a few weeks now. Even with making the second card, I had a random smudge on the inside of the card and had to cut off the front of the card and use foam tape to attach it to a new card base. I feel like card making always requires some improvising anyway ;)
I'm pretty satisfied with how this card came out, so I decided to share it and enter it into the MFT color challenge. I'm hoping this card will bring some comfort to my coworker. I plan to bring it tomorrow and have everyone sign it for her :)
Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)