I don’t know anyone who enjoys making a sympathy card. But when someone close to you loses someone that is close to them, you want to reach out and let her know that you care. And one of the best ways to do this is by sending a sympathy card. Because a dear friend of mine recently lost her brother, I found it necessary to do this very thing today.
It can be difficut to find just the right paper and sentiment for a card like this. Fortunately, I had some wonderful selections to choose from already in my stash. I used this gorgeous Noted paper collection from Paper Wishes:
This paper is double-sided, which always makes it easier to design a card. And, using a collection like this means all the papers will work together well in your composition. (You can find the whole collection here: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4104183
And here is the card I designed with this paper:
I began with a 5×7″ kraft card base. I cut the background paper to 4 3/4x 6 3/4 inches so that there would be a kraft border all the way around the card. I stitched around the edges of the card background, then stamped the greeting using the Heartfelt Greetings stamp set, also from Paper Wishes:
This is one of my favorite sentiment stamp sets. The fonts used for the greetings are so beautiful, and the sentiments cover a broad range of card making needs. (You can find this stamp set here: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4001085) I also used the Note Worthy stamp set from Paper Wishes (http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4001077http://) The little butterfly stamps and the floral branch were perfect compliments to the designer paper.
I stamped all these images with coffee Ranger Archival Ink then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. The stamped images were colored using Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive. I scribbled the markers onto my craft sheet and colored them in with a water pen.
The labels for the sentiment were die cut using My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Well Worn Greetings and Framed Greetings). I used Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to layer the labels. I also used Dimensionals on the floral branch image.
I layered torn paper and used another sentiment from Heartfelt greetings to finish the interior of the card: . The card was completed by wrapping gold floss around the card and tying a bow on the card face.
The card is all tucked into its envelope along with a personal note, and will go out in tomorrow’s mail. Nothing will make up for the loss of my friend’s brother, but this card will let her know that there are people out there who care about her and are thinking of her. Hopefully this will make her burden of grief a little lighter.
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