Crafty Secrets Sympathy Card

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Crafty Secrets Sympathy Card

Good morning, friends.  Making a sympathy card is never a task any of us look forward to.  But having lost many dear family members and close friends myself, I know how much those cards mean when you get one in the mail.  It’s a reminder that you are not alone, others are sharing in your grief, and are taking the time to let you know they care.  I made this sympathy card with images from the Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanicals Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet.  These soft botanical images are so lovely, and perfect for many different occasions.  When I came across this gorgeous wildflower (I think it might be a trillium….) I wanted to use it as the focal for my sympathy card.

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I created a 5″ x 7″ card base from chocolate brown cardstock.  I scored the front of the card at 3 1/2″ to prepare the base as an easel card.  I built the card front on a separate piece of cardstock cut just slightly smaller than the card base.   I tore the floral image from the journal booklet because I wanted soft edges.  After inking all the edges with distress ink, I covered it with Versamark embossing ink and then heat embossed it with UTEE.  When you emboss with UTEE, it is important to heat the image from the underside.  You have to keep the heat gun about 2″ away from paper, and you have to keep it moving, otherwise you can scorch the paper and life will become very exciting for a moment or two.  I generally use my tweezers to hold the image so that my fingers don’t get scorched, either!

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Once the image was cooled, I gently bent the paper to crack the enamel finish, creating small fissures that give the finished product the look of cracked glass.  And yes…this is one of my favorite techniques.  It just ages an image so well, and also helps it to stand out on a project.

I created the little rosette with some scalloped lace I had in my stash.  I just threaded my needle, used a running stitch and gathered the thread together until the circle closed.  Then I stitched the two loose ends together, glued the vintage button in the center and that was all there was to that. I ran a row of this same crocheted lace along the base of the card.

I cut the little book image from Love and Romance Vintage Cuts.  The edges were lightly distressed and inked with Vintage photo ink.  Before gluing everything down, I played with the arrangement of the elements until it looked just the way I wanted it to.  Then I added the leaves and the rest of the images.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment from one of my older Crafty Secrets Clear Acrylic stamp sets. To add to your easel base, simply add glue to the lower half of your finished card front and then adhere to the lower half of the prepared base.

Here is a peek at the easel portion of the card:

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The lace holds the card upright.  Here’s what it looks like from the side:

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I can’t show you the inside beyond what you can see here, because I wrote a personal message in there.  But I can tell you that I used the journal note section of the flower image to stamp my sentiment, and I used the same papers on the inside of the card.

And that’s it for me today, my friends.  I hope you have no occasion for making a sympathy card any time soon, but if you do, I hope you found some helpful ideas in this post.  The main thing is to let people know you care.  Thanks for stopping by…your visits and comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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8 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets Sympathy Card

  1. Kathy Jo

    Oh my word! What an absolutely amazing card!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comments! Looking forward to seeing your next DT project at Craft Hoarders. 🙂

  2. Glenda

    I love everything about this! Using the Utee on the image was a stroke of genius! What a gorgeous rosette as well. You outdid yourself on this one!

  3. Rosemary

    I do not like to make sympathy cards either, Kathy, but had to make FIVE this past week! Wish I had seen this one before…it is really beautiful!

  4. Darlene Pavlick

    What a beautiful easel creation Kathy! Love what you’ve done with these wonderful botanical images and the lacy elements are the perfect finishing touch! Great job as always and I’m sure it will bring comfort! You’ve inspired me on the design … I need to make a card for a friend who was just diagnosed with cancer (her husband is going through cancer right now too) … so much to deal with … wanted to do something that would ‘take her mind away from the C-problem’ … if only for a moment … this might be exactly what I need to do! Thanks!

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