With Sympathy Card

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Posted on 18th June 2020 by Alison Pendlebury-Brown
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Although we're all trying to stay safe and remain positive unfortunately some of us will experience loss during these unusual times. An elderly neighbour recently lost his fight so I created this card to send to his wife and family.

To create a similar card you will need:

You will also need:

  • Distress Oxide Ink Pad in 'Broken China' or water colour
  • Flower metal dies or cutting machine
  • 'With Sympathy' sentiment die or stamp

Light Blue Sympathy Base

This is quite an easy and simple card to make but looks very effective - you only need 1 A4 sheet of blue and 1 A4 sheet of white to create it.

  1. Make a card base in the blue cardstock by cutting the A4 sheet in half along with short side and fold one of these pieces in half (see image above).
  2. Using the remaining piece of blue cardstock I cut out the 'With Sympathy' sentiment using my die cutter. You could always use a sentiment stamp here if this is all you have - perhaps stamping white on a rectangle of blue card and mount it in the same position.
  3. Using one half of the white card I cut it into 2 to create the front card panel and a mat for the inside of the card leaving a 1/4 inch border. For the inside piece of made the left border 1/2 inch for extra effect.
  4. Using the other half of the white card I cut out 2 of each of the flowers and layered them to give them extra dimension.

Light Blue Sympathy Inside 2

To create the wash for the front of the card I smooshed my 'Broken China' onto a plastic sheet I keep for this technique. This colour was a perfect match for the celestial blue plain card. I added water and mixed to create a wash - see image below. You could also use a watercolour to create a similar effect.

Light Blue Sympathy Oxide Wash

I then dipped my piece of white cardstock panel into the wash until I was happy with the pattern it created. I allowed it to dry and then added more of the wash to give a deeper colour.

I then used a paintbrush and dipped into the wash splattered some extra spots onto the card panel.

Light Blue Sympathy Card Front

Whilst this was drying I quickly cut out a further die cut of the flowers from the scrap card and used it as a stencil to blend a little of the oxide ink in the bottom corner of both the inside mat and the envelope for further effect.

Light Blue Sympathy Inside 2

Finally, I arranged the flower die cuts onto the front of the card panel leaving enough room at the bottom for the sentiment and glued them down using wet glue. I prefer wet glue as it gives a bit of wiggle room if you're not happy with the placement first time.

I added the 'with sympathy' die cut and mounted the front panel to the blue card base.

And there it is all finished.

It's such a shame to be having to create this kind of card but this card could also be used for a birthday or as a 'just because' or 'thinking of you' card to let our loved ones know that we are thinking of them even if we can't be with them just yet.

I hope this card has provided you with a little inspiration.

Anyway, as the current moto says ... stay alert and stay safe. :)

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Light Blue Sympath Close Up

Tagged: Sympathy Card, Thinking of You Card

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