Sympathy cards are something we should all make to have a few on hand, because, unfortunately, we will need them now and then. This one is going to the daughter of my mother’s best friend. Our mothers had been friends since they were seven years old! I lost my mother many years ago and I know her friend missed her all these years. I remember them being on the phone almost everyday the years I was growing up. I remember “way back in the olden days” it was even a toll call for them to talk on the phone even though they only lived about fifteen minutes apart and in the same city! The night I met my husband I was struck by how much he looked like this lady’s oldest son!
I found this card design on Pinterest I think, and meant to keep track of the lady’s name who made it, but I forgot. I was going to make my card slightly different, but hers was so pretty as is I only have minor changes, such as the greeting and the card base color. The card base is Soft Suede and the designer paper layer is a page from the 2013-15 In Color Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack (soft suede). I used two of the dies in the Apothecary Accents Framelits on Very Vanilla Paper. I stamped the flourish from the Everything Eleanor Stamp Set on the large framelit piece in Old Olive and then embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. For the sympathy greeting I had to dig out my recently retired stamp set Loving Thoughts and used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the two words placed one above the other on the smaller framelit piece.
The flowers are stamped with the Flower Shop Stamp Set with Crisp Cantaloupe ink and outlined a little more with the Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin’ Write Marker since they were a little light. Not that hard, just use the thin tip. Punch out the flowers with the Pansy Punch. Then embellish with Pearl Basic Jewels.
This card would make a beautiful birthday card, get well, thinking of you – just change the greeting. When we lose someone, it is so comforting to hear from all the people in your life. Be sure to write a personal note inside, don’t just sign your name. I think making a handmade sympathy card for someone really shows you care.