Sympathy cards are not fun to think about, and they are certainly not enjoyable to make.  But we know they are well-received, and thoughtful, handmade sympathy cards are very appreciated, as they deliver hugs from afar. Unfortunately, I need a sympathy card for a friend who lost a close family member, so I went to work today 

To design this card, I first thought of possible colors to use and considered my go-to neutrals or deep purples for autumn. I looked through my stamps, framelits and embellishments, and decided on a few purples. I ultimately chose Fresh Fig because I have the ribbon to match the ink and the card stock. True story! People often ask how we determine what to make, and this is an example of how inspiration comes from many places.

Sympathy Card with Dahlia in Purple v1

I wanted multiple layers with both Whisper White and Fresh Fig, so I layered a piece of Whisper White onto the card base, then cut the main panel smaller, yet large enough to hold the dahlia that was cut with the May Flower framelits. I used the “with sympathy” stamp from Better Together in Fresh Fig ink, and embossed the top white layer with the subtle embossing folder, then glued it to a Fresh Fig layer. I wrapped the Fresh Fig ribbon around the glued panels, tied a bow and then adhered the panel to the card base. The Fine Tip Glue Pen worked well for attaching the delicate edges of the dahlia to the embossed white panel. This card will go in the mail tomorrow.

Card stock dimensions

  • Fresh Fig: Card base = 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.  Panel = 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. Dahlia = ~3″ square scrap.
  • Whisper White: Card layer = 4″ x 5 1/2″. Panel = 3″ x 4 1/2″. Panel for inside of card = 4″ x 5 1/2″.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! materials and supplies I used. Click on the image to be directed to the product in my online store.

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Linda K., The Stamp Coach