With Sympathy Card0
Posted on 18th June 2020 by Alison Pendlebury-Brown
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:
- Celestial Blue Plain Card 290gsm
- White Card Super Smooth 250gsm
- Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 120ml
- Essentials C6 White Envelopes
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
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)