Making sympathy cards can seem like a daunting task. Today I want to share a few ideas for creating your own handmade sympathy cards and a few tips and tricks along the way!
Watch the video tutorial below!
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Breaking Down the Cardmaking Projects
The First Card
The first card I made is probably the most simple. It requires only two inks, is one layer, and takes no more than 10 minutes from start to finish. I started by masking an oval on an A2 top folding card base (side folding would work, as well). I very quickly ink blended in that oval with a blending brush a Catherine Pooler “It’s a Boy” ink pad.
In that oval I stenciled the butterfly using the “Birds & Butterfly” stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. Because I used dye ink for ink blending, I went with a pigment ink for the stenciling. This way there wouldn’t be any blending between the inks. Finally, I stamped my sentiment with the same ink and the “Heartfelt Sympathy” stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps. This is one of my all time favorite sympathy stamp sets!
This stamp set has such beautiful sentiments and verses I decided to also stamp on the inside of this card. This really helps me when I just don’t quite know what to say.
The Second Card
My second card takes a little more time, but is still very simple. Again, I worked directly on the card base, but this time I’m creating a quick scene with the “Happy Dandelions” stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. I have a whole video that is dedicated to sharing how easy it is to create scenes with your stencils. You can check it out HERE!
I wanted this card to be finished very simply. I used one of my favorite stamp and die sets “Prayers” from Hero Arts. This is one of my most used sets that I have ever purchased! I built up the prayers die cut by layering several together to create a chipboard effect. I finished by stamping “Sending Hugs and”, then popped it up above the prayers die cut.
For more ideas using the Prayers stamp & die set head HERE.
The Third Card
My third and final card could be used as either a sympathy card or a “Thinking of You” card to send later, just as a reminder that you’re still thinking of them. I’m working on directly on the card base, again an A2 size, which makes for a nice flat card. I started by stenciling with one of my favorite stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop “Plaid Fringe”. This makes the perfect background! I used “Seafoam” from Catherine Pooler and ink blended with one of my Amazon Blending brushes.
On top of the stenciling I added a glitter die cut that I cut with the “Fine Bouquet” die from Altenew. I did use a premade glitter paper, but if you are looking for a DIY NO SHED version of glitter paper, check out my tutorial on how to make your own HERE! I finished the front of the card with a Thinking of You sentiment from the Avery Elle “You’ve Got This” stamp set.
The “You’ve Got This” stamp set that I used on the front of the card is another one that has so many unique and good to have on hand sentiments in it. I chose “You are on my mind and in my heart” and stamped it on the inside of my card to finish this card off.
My Tips for Creating Sympathy Cards
- I like to make sure my sympathy cards are one layer or with very little dimension. The reason I like to keep then so thin is because I never know if the card will be hand delivered or need to be mailed. This takes the guess work out of how many stamps need to be put on, if the card needs to be hand canceled, etc.
- My designs need to be simple without a lot going on. I want the focus of my cards to be the message on the inside.
- Along the lines of simplicity the designs also need to be quick. If I don’t have cards in my stash ready to go, I need to be able to create a card quickly. I want my card to be in the mail or delivered ASAP, so no dry time or spending hours on my sympathy cards.
- This is just a little tip, but after you send your sympathy card have a “Thinking of You” card ready to go. It’s always nice to send this card a little later when the calls, visits, and food have stopped or slowed down. It’s just a nice little reminder that someone is still thinking about them.
I hope you all found some tips and tricks you can use on your own cardmaking projects. I know sympathy cards aren’t fun to make, but if they can provide a bit of comfort and let the recipient know that they’re in your thoughts, that makes it all worth it.
If you are interested in anything I used today, you can find them all the supplies listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!
- TCW Birds & Butterfly Stencil
- Waffle Flower Oval Nesting Die Set
- Amazon Blending Brush Set
- Catherine Pooler It’s a Boy Ink Pad
- Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad
- Jumbo Ink Dauber
- Mini MISTI
- Joy Clair “Heartfelt Sympathy” Stamp Set
- TCW Happy Dandelion Stencil
- Fantastix Tools
- Finger Dauber
- Catherine Pooler Royal Treatment Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Orange Twist Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Eucalyptus Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake Ink Pad
- Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die Set
- Foam Adhesive
- TCW Plaid Fringe Stencil
- Catherine Pooler Seafoam Ink Pad
- Altenew Fine Bouquet Die
- Avery Elle “You’ve Got This” Stamp Set
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
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