Sunday 27 May 2012

Simple With Sympathy Card

Hi Bloggers.

With Sympathy cards are always quite difficult to make - it's always a sad time and a I always want to give a card as quickly as possible to express sympathy but not bother the bereaved family at such a difficult time.

So, here's a really simple card that says it all really -

I folded an A4 piece of milk card from the neutral card pack in half to make an A5 card blank. With the card still folded, I then placed the largest of the Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five dies against the fold in one half of the card (hope that makes sense!). I made sure that part of the die was off the card next to the fold so that when I put it through my Grand Calibur the fold was mostly intact so I had a card blank. You can get 2 card blanks out of one piece of A4. I inked all around the card blank using Crushed Olive Distress Ink.

Using the next size down of Labels Twenty Five, I then cut out a panel from some patterned paper. I inked around the edges with Crushed Olive while still in the die.

I then cut a Spellbinders Classic Rectangles Large from some different patterned paper and again inked through the die with the Crushed Olive.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Kind Thoughts Stamp set using Olive Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using the smallest but one of the Labels Twenty Five dies and inked around the edges with Crushed Olive while still in the die.

I cut a couple of embellishments out of green card using Antique Frames and Accents.

I assembled the layers as shown.

Hope you like the card.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Julia Sympathy cards are always difficult and this one hits the spot. Look forward to 31st May for more demos.


  2. Beautiful card Julia, yes this is always a difficult subject to craft a card for, but also one that so needs our best efforts and your card is perfect, Carole Z X

  3. Lovely card Julia - I think the use of the colour you chose has given it a lift from the sadness of the situation.

  4. Morning Julia, yes not a card we like making but this one works well for that sad occasion. Have a lovely Sunday, Christine H x

  5. Hi Julia, this is a lovely card, that is just right, sympathy cards don't need to be fussy. Bx

  6. I always find sympathy cards difficult, but this one is just perfect Julia. Hugs, Claire x

  7. Hi Julia, This is a great way of making shaped cards. Will have to try it!..I like the way you've incorporated different dies as the focal point..I also like the simplicity of the card . As Bridget said, at such a time it's best to keep it simple...Enjoy your day..:)..xx

  8. Hi Julia,
    Great card, Not only difficult to make but can also be difficult to receive (quite a few years ago now, my mother-in-law would not open a single one that she received as she could not cope with them) for some.
    Best wishes
    Caz x

  9. Lovely card again Julia. I've just bought this die today at a papercraft show....along with others!

    Carolyn B

  10. Another really good card - v nice


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