Today I want to share two sympathy cards that I made for a friend — one from me personally, and one from former colleagues at work. I think both turned out beautifully.
The praying hands card features Tattered Lace dies. I just love how elegant and detailed they are, yet they are so simple to use. I built this card around the patterned paper. I just love the soft pattern that is there, and I thought it paired well with the plain ivory and the matte gold cardstock. The praying hands are Tattered Lace’s “Praying Hands” die; the grass behind is Tattered Lace’s “Barley Grass”; and the sentiment is from the 2014 Tattered Lace Sentiments Set. As you may know, Tattered Lace dies are wafer thin dies, so they work well in almost any die cutting machine. Because of the stunning detail that is included, you do have to follow a couple of extra steps sometimes but it is easy stuff. For example, I always start by running my dies through the die cutter going forward and backward (so it gets two cuts). This is usually enough so that the die cut is flawless, and the pieces that should fall out (what are these called anyway? I call them “chads”) fall out easily.
The card is an A2 card, so I cut the ivory layer 4.25″ x 5.5″; the gold metallic 4″ x 5.25″, and the patterned paper 3.75″ x 5″. I attached the 3 layers together using ScorTape. I attached the “with sympathy” die cuts with a liquid glue. Before attaching the pieces of barley grass to the patterned paper, I sponged a little Tim Holtz Distress ink (Antique Linen) on them to pop them a little. I tacked the barley grass in just a few places. I always like some movement in that layer of the card (ultimately I used 2 large pieces and 3 small pieces). I used a low dimensional adhesive to add the praying hands to the front. I finished by adding a tied ribbon across the bottom. Here’s another look —
The flower card was also very easy to use This time my inspiration started with a stamp set by Lil Inkers Designs called “Inky Flowers”. I love the casual look of these flowers, and the stamps are just so easy to use. The paper that I used for the top layer and the flowers is from a Momenta paper pad (8×8) that is all watercolor designs. This beautiful watercolor paper made it so simple to make the card (otherwise I would have needed to create my own color wash)
I began by cutting a coordinating purple layer 4.25″ x 5.5″. I cut a white layer 4″ x 5.25″, and the watercolor paper 3.75″ x 5″. I attached the 3 layers together using ScorTape. I stamped the main flower set on an extra piece of the watercolor cardstock, and also stamped a few of the smaller flowers to fill in. I fussy cut all of the flowers to make them more useable. I also die cut the “with sympathy” sentiment (also Lil Inker Designs) from white cardstock, and attached it the bottom of the card. My next step was to lay out the flower pieces to determine how to best arrange them. Once I was satisfied with the arrangement, I placed them on the card base using a low dimensional adhesive. I found the beautiful bird in the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby (Fairy Tale collection), and simply removed the jump ring in the wing to make it lay flat on the card. I used liquid glue to hold it in place. My last step was to add the ribbon and embellishment.. There are some cute tulle and pearl picks in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby. I pulled the pick apart and used just one flower for my card. I really like the way it turned out.
Sentiments for the inside of sympathy cards are always a bit difficult, but there is one unity set that I want to recommend to you. It is called Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories and is the February 2015 sentiment stamp set. Here’s a link. There are a lot of different choices. You’ll definitely want to check out this versatile stamp set.
Hope you enjoyed my cards today. Hope you have a great week!