Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card

Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial Reneabouquets Butterflies by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! For this week’s Throwback Thursday I’m sharing a Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial with you.  Sympathy cards are probably the hardest cards to make. But they are also one of the most meaningful cards to receive.  So it’s worth the time and effort it takes to make a really beautiful sympathy card.  I share a lot of tips and tricks for making them in the video tutorial below.

Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial Reneabouquets Butterflies by Kathy Clement PHoto 02

Here are a few tips for success when making a sympathy card.

  • First, think color.  Choose soft shades of green, blue, beige or even white.  Save bright, bold colors for birthday cards!
  • Next, look for calming, serene images.  Grief is a chaotic emotion.  So it’s good to choose images from nature, simple patterns and calming themes.
  • Keep your basic card design simple and more on the clean side.  Even though I have used layers and some embellishments, the overall design of this card is uncluttered.  That’s a good goal.

Since the sentiment panel is the focal image on this card, I added this 2 1/2″ circular image.  To help it blend into the design, I added this Reneabouquets Butterfly.  You can find links below.

A Peek Inside

I also kept the inside of the card very simple.  The blank panel is where I’ll add my personal thoughts to my friend.

It’s a good investment to add a few sympathy sentiment stamps to your tool box.  I probably use my sympathy sentiment stamps almost as often as I use my birthday stamps.

Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create today’s card, please enjoy this video.

I’ll post a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




11 thoughts on “Ciao Bella Under the Tuscan Sun Sympathy Card

  1. Susan Steele

    Very lovely sympathy card Kathy! These papers you picked out really are serene and have that calming effect to them! I too struggle to make them and send them …thinking they are lacking something. But I almost always put a butterfly somewhere on my card …I think you shared that tidbit ages ago and I luv what they do for a sympathy card! Luv the inside too. Thanks for sharing your creations with us. Big hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Janet Ingraham

    I meant to say do you remember where you got the sympathy sentiment stamps

  3. Janet Ongraham

    I’ve not yet attempted a sympathy card. Afraid to do it wrong. Do you by chance remember where you fit the sentiment stamps?

  4. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, This is such a beautiful sympathy card. It would surely help bring some peace to anyone who has lost a loved one. The sentiments are so lovely and thoughtful and the image is so peaceful looking. I’ve not had an occasion yet to make a sympathy card but will definitely keep this one in mind. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  5. Priscilla Hughs

    This is a beautiful idea…I struggle with making sympathy cards too, and it’s one my sis-in-law requests. Thanks for the lovely ideas!

  6. Claire Gagne

    This is a beautiful sympathy card Kathy. Yes, this is another difficult one for me to make. I end up buying one because I don’t know what/how to get it all together. Be well, be safe & TYFS

  7. Joni E

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful card. Ciao Bella papers were perfect for this card.

  8. soozyb2013

    Beautiful card Kathy. Sympathy cards are tough to send, never mind make them. This was is more than that. I really love this one, without memories I would have never made it when I lost my parents years ago. Warm thoughts and smiles are in place of the painful memory of loss. We do eventually get to a place of peace and this card puts me there. 🙂 Thanks Kathy.

  9. Linda Stenzel

    Perfect sympathy card and oh so lovely! This is a great reminder for me to add some to my stash, as at the time of need I often struggle to make
    Thank you for all your beautiful projects!!

  10. Cheryl Wells

    Beautiful card Kathy – Renea’s butterfly really is the final touch – her butterflies are like jewelry!! Thank you for sharing.

  11. chance1022gmailcom

    Beautiful sympathy card. I have the same stamp and also use it in my sympathy cards. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

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