I think that all of us card makers can agree; making sympathy cards can be difficult. It’s not that we’re suddenly inept. It’s our emotions that suddenly come to the surface, getting tied into the card. Recently a friend contacted me, saying that she needed 6 sympathy cards for family. One of her beloved aunts had just passed, and she wanted cards for each of the family, as they live apart. So I had my feelings tied up not just in sympathy card, but making sympathy cards for a friend. A good friend, who I knew was hurting at the loss of her aunt.
Thoughts & Prayers
One of my favourite stamp sets for sympathy cards is Stampin’ Up!’s Thoughts & Prayers. I’ve probably owned it for about 3-4 years. It never fails me; I can always mix & match the sentiments and images with other stamp sets. It’s one of those ‘timeless’ sets – I sure hope it never retires!
I kept the colours neutral for this card. I used Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede ink, and the image is coloured using the Stampin’ Write Markers in Crumb Cake and Old Olive.
First I used the Layering Ovals Framelits to die cut the opening in the Soft Suede panel, and create the Very Vanilla oval. Then I used the retired Dots embossing folder for the Soft Suede panel ( you can use the Elegant Dots embossing folder). After colouring and stamping, I added some retired Crumb Cake tulle (it was from a few years ago) to wrap around one side, and tied off a bow on the other side.
I like how the transparency of the tulle works with the sketched look of the tree branches.
Thoughts & Prayers – A Different Look
I used the same Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, but using the different image and colours gives it a totally different look.
This time, I paired the flowering branch image with some retired Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. I lightened up the colours a bit. I used Wild Wasabi and Old Olive cardstock, and stamped onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock.
The image was coloured again using the Stampin’ Write Markers, this time in Pacific Point and Old Olive. The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point ink. If you look closely at some of the leaves in the DSP, you can see hints of the blue in the greens.
To add some softness, I used the retired Triple Corner Punch and punched out opposite corners in the stamped panel.
It’s such a pretty image – and I wish the Triple Corner Punch was still available for purchase! I still use it for my own cards 🙂
I hope these 2 cards have given you some ideas for creating your own sympathy cards. Sometimes it’s easier to create them when you don’t need them – just have them on hand!
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