Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Hop: Sympathy Card

Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Hop. You should be coming here from the very lovely Regina Hamilton’s beautiful blog. I’ve prepared a Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card tutorial to share with you here today.

This has been a hard couple of weeks for the Heartfelt Creations family as we lost one of our very dear members. Penny O’Dell went home to be with the Lord quite suddenly on December 14th. Penny and I were teammates together and she had such a lovely, giving spirit, incredible creativity and eye for beauty. We are all stunned and saddened at her loss, and pray that her family and close friends will be comforted at this difficult time. This blog hop is dedicated to her memory, and in that vein, I created this Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card.

Kathy by Design/Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card 01The color palette of this collection is just right for a sympathy card.  And I love the serenity of this image.  Lighthouses help to guide us out of life’s storms and lead us into safe harbor.  I pray that for Penny’s family.  There is a tutorial below that you can follow to re-create this card.

Kathy by Design/Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card 02I framed the lighthouse image in a chipboard frame, then framed it again with the elegant Lattice Swirl Dies.  My small flowers are made with the Mini Vintage Floret stamps and dies.  I created the banner sentiment by cutting down one of the journal note cards and then stamping with the Sympathy Sentiment Stamps.  The bow cluster is made with  grey plaid ribbon topped with Iridescent Metallic String, a Vintage Floret rosebud and a sand dollar charm that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.

Kathy by Design/Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card 03The interior is finished with layered papers from the collection and another of the beautiful sympathy sentiment stamps.

From here, you should hop on over to visit the one and only Gloria Stengel.  I know she will have something inspiring to share with you.

The hop will remain open until midnight January 1st.  Be sure to visit all the blogs and leave a comment, as one of you will be randomly chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations from one of the blogs. The winner will be announced on our blogs on Saturday, January 2nd.  You will then have 72 hours to claim your prize, or a new name will be randomly chosen.

Thank you so much for stopping by.



Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card TUTORIAL

Supplies for Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card:
Directions for making a Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card:
  • Create a 6″ x 5.25″ side fold card base. I did this by cutting a 5.25″ x 12″ rectangle from a  12″ x 12″ sheet of brown cardstock. Score at 6″ and crease so that the fold is on the left and the card is wider than it is tall.
  • Cut a 5.5″ x 5″ rectangle from tan paper in the collection.  Mat on a slightly larger piece of teal cardstock and glue onto the card base.
  • Cut a 5 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ rectangle of the ship’s wheel paper.  Mat with a slightly larger piece of both teal and brown cardstock.  Glue to the upper third of the  card base, about 1/4″ from the top edge of the card base.
  • Find the lighthouse paper in the collection.  Trace around the outside of a 3.5″ x 4.5″ rectangular chipboard frame.  My frame was pre-finished with a grey plaid design, but you could use any chipboard frame.  Trim out the image and glue to the back of the frame, trimming away any excess around the edges.  Sand the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint to soften the color a bit. Glue to the card base so that the bottom edge of the frame is about 3/4″ from the bottom of the card base.
  • Die cut the lattice swirls from the cream pearlized cardstock and glue on either side of the framed image.
  • Stamp the mini vintage florets onto teal designer paper from the collection and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Shape and stack.  Fill the centers with grey pearls. Brush the petals with Diamond Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  • Tie a double layer bow with the grey gingham.  Top with an Iridescent Metallic String Bow and the painted sand dollar charm.  Use the glue gun to secure to the card base.
  • Cut one of the journal cards into a fishtail banner shape.  Mat with teal and brown cardstock.  Stamp “In Sympathy” onto the tag.  Use hot glue to put in place.
  • Glue prepared flowers onto the card.
  • For the interior: Layer papers from the collection as shown, using the dark script paper on the top.  Stamp the sentiment onto a light teal designer paper and mat with teal cardstock.  Glue into place.



38 thoughts on “Balmy Breeze Sympathy Card Tutorial

  1. D.Ann C

    I hope this doesn’t come through twice… it sat on ‘submitting comment’ forever… (just delete this one, if the first one really did go through)

    This is a lovely sympathy card! So sorry for the team’s loss!

  2. Carol

    Sorry to hear about your loss Kathy. I’ve never heard or thought about a lighthouse guiding you home to God before. Now you have made me think about it, it’s very apt. Lovely card and sentiment as always x

  3. Roisin Doyle

    Beautiful Kathy…thanks for sharing! I live by the sea and at night I can see the light from an offshore lighthouse which has guided passing ships for just over 100 years! So sad to hear of Pennys’ passing.

  4. Roisin Doyle

    Love this card Kathy, thanks for sharing…….I live by the sea and at night I can see the light from an offshore lighthouse that has warned passing ships of danger on the rocks for the last 100 years! So sad to hear of Penny’s passing. R.I.P.

  5. Judy B

    What a pretty card Kathy. We don’t often think of lighthouses for our cards, but you’re right they do guide you home. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Trina St Michael

    I don’t recall the lighthouse stamp as it was before I discovered Heartfelt Creations.
    Love your card.

  7. Janelle Rourke

    Love how you used the Lattice Swirl Die to frame in the lighthouse image. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for sharing!

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