It’ never easy to make sympathy cards. Not only is it often an extremely emotional time, but then there’s the issue of what is appropriate. I find that keeping cards simple and monochromatic are often good places to start. I also like using leaves for sympathy cards. Sometimes I feel that certain flower stamps are just a little too happy. For this card, I used a couple of stamps from Stampendous, and actually kept all of the stamps on their carrier sheet to save time. My full instructions are below.
SSC1317: Leafy Imprint
SSC1316: Simple Sentiments
EP208: Ivory Embossing Powder
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper
My Colors Cardstock: Grasshopper
Bazzill: Chocolate Cardstock
Imagine: Memento Ink in Pear Tart, Cottage Ivy. VersaFine Ink in Spanish Moss. Kaleidacolor Inks in Fresh Greens. VersaMark Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives: EZ Runner
Ranger: Liquid Pearls in Platinum
1. Leave all of the stamps attached to the acetate backing.
2. Ink the stamps (while on the backing) with the ink colors listed. Tap each color randomly over the surface of the stamps to get various colors on each stamp.
3. Apply the stamps to a piece of Mixed Media White Paper.
4. Trim the stamped paper to 4″ x 5 1/4.”
5. Fill in any gaps you may have around the edges with a couple of the leaves.
6. Create the card base with Grasshopper cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2.”
7. Cut a strip of Chocolate cardstock to 1/2″ x 5 1/4.”
8. Using VersaMark Ink, apply the sentiment to the strip.
9. Sprinkle with Ivory Embossing Powder and heat set.
10. Adhere all layers to the card base.
I think this card came out pretty, yet appropriate. I would use these leaves for many occasions, but again, I think they work really well for a sympathy card. Please be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog to see what the rest of the team has been working on. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
This is a lovely and very gentle card. Perfect for those unfortunate occasions. And brilliant idea about just leaving them all on the carrier sheet! Thanks for the tips!