Sympathy Cards

Hello again, Stampin' Friends!

I hope you've all had a great day; I know I had a productive one, working on Mother's Day cards ๐Ÿ™‚   I'm working on lots of different styles, as my husband is going to take them into his work to sell for me; isn't that sweet?!  There's a lot of men in the shop, so I think they'll find it convenient to pick up a card there, and not "have" to go to a mall  (I don't know a lot of men who enjoy going shopping – for anything!).  Plus the ladies in the office like hand-made, as well.  I'll share those cards with you tomorrow! 

Last night, I promised that I would share with you a couple of sympathy cards I've made, for the family of a friend who passed away on the weekend. 

I find that making sympathy cards is both difficult, and cathartic; do you find that?  It's difficult, because of the sad occasion, but at the same time you're creating something that will hopefully help bring peace and comfort to those left behind, as well as addressing your own feelings.  

How about you?  Do you have a way to help you with making sympathy cards?  Or a certain kind you like to make?

Here is the first one:

 

The first card has a Very Vanilla card stock base, with a panel of Crumb Cake card stock, embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (item#117335), and cut out an Oval in the centre using the Ovals Framelits Collection (item #129381).  I then made a frame for the oval out of Chocolate Chip card stock, using the next larger and smaller sized Oval Framelits, and embossed it with the Polka Dots EF, too.      I stamped the image and sentiment from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set (item #127805 c/m)  in Chocolate Chip ink directly onto the Tea for Two DSP (item #129311).  After first adhering the oval frame to the Crumb Cake panel, I then wrapped a piece of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (item #126846) in Summer Starfruit on either side of the frame, and added a bow to the left side.  I then adhered the stamped DSP to the Crumb Cake panel, the popped it all up onto the Very Vanilla base using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

This is the second card:

You can see on this card, I did several panels so that I could accomodate the size of the image stamp, the retired 'Upsy Daisy'. 

I started with a base of Whisper White, then a panel of Pool Party, another panel of Whisper White, then a final panel of Basic Gray.  The card base is the standard A2 card, which is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored in the centre and folded to be 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Each panel then is reduced by 1/4" from the panel it's on top of (so the Pool Party panel would be 4"x5 1/4", then 3 3/4"x5", then 3 1/2"x 4 3/4").

I stamped the 'Upsy Daisy' image (retired) in Basic Gray ink, and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder (item #109130) using the Heat Tool (item #129053).  I then wrapped the 1/4" Sycamore Street satin ribbon in Pool Party (from SAB) around the Gray panel.  I stamped the sentiment from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set (item #127805 c/m) onto Whisper White card stock, and punched it out using the Decorative Label punch (item #120907).  I punched out a 2nd Decorative Label in Pool Party card stock, and layered that behind the sentiment, using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The first layer of Pool Party was adhered to the base using the Anywhere Glue Sitcks, and each layer after that was adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.  As a final touch, I added 3 of the Basic Pearl Jewels (item #119247) to the top right corner of the Basic Gray panel. 

I hope that these cards let our friends know how we are thinking of them, and hoping that their memories of good times help them through this difficult stage of their grief.

And, I hope that I have helped to inspire you, dear friend, for the next time you find yourself needing a sympathy card.

Thank you for spending some time with me tonight!  I hope you'll join me again tomorrow, when I'll share some more updates from Stampin' Up!, and some Mother's Day cards.

Until then – take care, and Happy Stamping!

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