Simply Sympathy

By | February 24, 2017

A friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to make a set of sympathy cards for her ladies’ auxiliary church group. I do occasionally accept commission work, so I have been working on set of 10 cards for her.

Sympathy Set

I had already made five of the cards and realized that I was tending toward feminine colors and subjects, so I made an effort to make the next couple more masculine, or at least appropriate for either.

One of the aims that I had for this project was to make cards that are not elaborate, but rather simple and tasteful. One really easy way to do that is to use the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372) because they provide a focal point and layering without a lot of fussy cutting or double matting. The simple stitch around the outside precludes the need for layering with another color of cardstock.

Avant Garden Sympathy

I used a new stamp set that I received as a free gift through Sale-A-Bration, called Avant Garden (143272.) Look how quick and easy it is to stamp out an impressionist-style flower design by using So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Old Olive inks, both full strength and stamped off once for a lighter shade. The sentiment, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink, is from the Basket of Wishes photopolymer set (142200) that was featured in the Holiday catalog, but is still available.

Dragonflies Sympathy

The next card uses another die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, but this time as a solid background for the Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits die (142749.) I cut this from Soft Suede cardstock, highlighted it subtly with a Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and used So Saffron and Cajun Craze as background colors. The sentiment stamped in Chocolate Chip on Crumb Cake cardstock is from the Thoughts & Prayers set (127805.)

Here is a list of supplies that I used to make both of these simple sympathy cards. Click on any image to read more or to order online (use Hostess Code APGQ4FYD this month):

Price: $110.00

Supply List

 I hope these simple cards will give you a few ideas; sympathy cards are always good to have on hand and they don’t need to be fussy or elaborate to convey your care and concern!

4 thoughts on “Simply Sympathy

    1. ValoryDegree Post author

      Hi Flo; thanks for your comments! Yes, I do like that pine branch embossing folder. It’s a Christmas item, but I like that it works well for other occasions too.

  1. PaperPuff

    I feel the same about sympathy cards. We want them to look good, but not overdone. These are spot on!

    1. ValoryDegree Post author

      Thanks, Gillian, I’m glad you like these cards; when I am doing a project for someone I always hope that I’m getting it right! My friend loved these and I have a few more to make – all different designs 🙂


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