Stepping up three sympathy cards


I had the sad occasion to make some sympathy cards this past month, and as I often do, I made several extra to have on hand. This particular design shows a couple of ways to step-up sympathy cards without adding a bunch of unnecessary bling, which can strike a false note on these types of card.

The basic design was a one-layer monochromatic card with a Crumb Cake (kraft) base, Basic Black ink, and Crumb Cake ink. I used the new spring catalog Birthday Blooms and Timeless Textures stamp sets, plus the sympathy sentiment from a Paper Pumpkin kit from the summer. That's where the wide grosgrain ribbon came from, too, come to think of it. But a pretty basic card, overall.


For the first stepped-up version I made the same card, but added two elements. I colored in the shrub roses with a Crumb Cake marker, for a tone-on-tone look, and I added the details in the flower center with the White Signo Gel Pen. It made the roses pop out of the background a little more. Still, super easy.

In for a penny, in for a pound… I used the White gel pen on the entire flower for the next card.

This one took considerably more time than the other two versions, but it's a real WOW. I love how the White gel pen makes the flower leap out from the background. You could easily add a few seed pearls in the flower center as well and they would not look amiss on this card.
I hope you won't need to make any sympathy cards in the near future, but I hope you enjoyed a peek at a couple of ways to perk up a basic sympathy card design and still keep it subdued and tasteful. If you need any of the products I used, click any of these links to go to my online store and have a little shop!

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2 thoughts on “Stepping up three sympathy cards”

  1. Hello Lyssa – I love the subtle grace of this card. Thank you for sharing your creation. Did you cut out and mask the flower before applying the Timeless Textures elements?


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