4 posts categorized "Sympathy"


Sun 29

by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.....Penny here today with one of my favorite style of cards to make. Monochromatic!  I needed a Sympathy card and fast, so staying in the same color family is always easy. For a bit of interest, add a die cut embellishment that is just a few shades lighter or darker....like the bird in my example.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base, then start building on.




Light Gray cardstock is the main background. I then stamped a sentiment from the Prayers Sentiment set in the bottom corner with a Dark Gray ink. I also embossed around the card front with a scoring board...gives it just a little something, something!




Die cut Bird Branch Circle Frame from Light Gray and Very Light Gray cardstocks. Adhere together slightly off center, then to the card front. I die cut 2 additional birds and popped them up with foam adhesive.




I really love how simple this card is to make, yet it provides such an impact to the receiver.


Happy crafting,






Fri 06

Floral Prayers
by Sharon Harnist

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, requiring just the right balance of color and elements to achieve a somber and reverent message.  Today I'm using some gorgeous Birch Press handmade papers and tape, combined with beautiful Memory Box dies and stamps that hopefully strike that delicate balance:

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This card started with a Memory Box Custard notecard with a strip of Birch Press Mineral Green washi tape along the right edge.  The next background layer is some beautiful Birch Press Ivory Cabbage Rose handmade paper, matted with gold metallic cardstock.  Next is a layer of gorgeous Birch Press Bouquet hand screen printed paper, with a touch of gold metallic outlining -- aren't the colors amazing?!!

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The pretty sentiment is from the Memory Box Prayers Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz onto an ivory Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame. An additional Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and glued on top.  The ivory flower die cut was colored with Copic BG23 to match the floral paper and washi tape.  The circle element was popped up with foam tape.   Finally, the elegant Soaring Swallow was die cut from ivory cardstock and accented with gold metallic watercolor, then mounted with foam tape.

I made this card for our monthly Memory Box Challenge -- I hope you'll read all about it here and join in on the fun (you could win an awesome prize!).  Thanks so much for joining me today!  

- Sharonsig






Sun 21

Prayers & Pinpoints
by Penny Ward


Hello my friends. Penny here today with a Sympathy card. I like to have a few of these in my stash for unexpected occasions.  I love all the textures with the dotted lines, stitched swirl and dimensional flowers. Doesn't this card just look peaceful? 


Let's do this:


Start with an Olive Green card base.

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Pale Peach cardstock.  Die cut the Swirling Stitches to the left side of this panel.

Before adhering this panel to the card base, take a scrap of White cardstock, ink lightly with Oxide Fired Brick and flick water. Figure out where your Pinpoint Circle Frame will fall and adhere the Oxide panel to card base. Now adhere to the Pinpoint panel to card base with foam adhesive.


Die cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from Medium Peach cardstock, Climbing Vines and Lavender Bunch from Olive Green cardstock. Snip here and there to make an "arrangement" and glue down to the outside of circle.




Die cut just the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Dark Peach cardstock. Stamp and heat set sentiment from the Prayers Sentiment stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and Clear embossing powder.

Adhere over the stems of your floral arrangement with foam adhesive.

Add Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle marker to flowers and leaves for a shimmery effect.


Happy Crafting,




Tue 11

With Deepest Sympathy

Hi, everyone!

I needed a sympathy card to have on hand, and I always have trouble making them. They're either too perky or too morose. I like this one, though. (Please forgive my over-exposed photo - it looks much better in person, I swear.)


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Memory Box dies (Large Olive Branch, Butterfly Border), stencil (Texture Wave), stamp (Deepest Sympathy), cardstock (licorice, kraft); Inks: Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers, (Ranger), VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Pens: Black (Sharpie), Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog (Tsukeniko), 18k Gold (Krylon); Tools: color duster (Judikins); Other: foam dimensional squares

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!