Sending Sympathy

Happy short week to everyone –

It always seems like the short weeks are always the longest and hardest to get back into. So thankful that tomorrow is finally Friday.

Today I wanted to share a card that I made for a friend who recently had a death in the family.

I’ve never attempted to create a sympathy card before so putting this together was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m used to creating cards for happy occasions to brighten people’s day, not cards such as this. I actually started this card and then set it aside for a day or so before finishing it rather than finishing it all at once as I would normally do.

I really wanted my card to be simple with soft colors. I’ve read that sympathy cards should be neutral toned and colored but I feel that you can still have a bit of color on this type of card as long as they’re muted, soft colors. For this card, I chose to do a bit of watercolor in the background using Distress Markers in blue and then used a water brush to move the color around a bit to create a soft pool of blue in the background. My paper is watercolor paper made by Canson that I’d stumbled upon by accident at a local Walmart and picked it up because I wanted to do some experimenting with watercolors and distress inks. This particular paper is 140 lb which is probably a fairly standard weight. I’m so inexperienced with water coloring that I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was impressed with this paper and the end result.

For my flower image I used a stamp set by Stampin Up called Happy Watercolor and used the Iris stamp from the set. This whole stamp set is geared towards achieving a watercolor look with the background stamps in particular. Unfortunately I believe this particular stamp set is retired from Stampin Up, but I found mine on Ebay.

Close up of watercolor background and colored iris

Close up of watercolor background and colored iris

I chose not to use the background stamps from the set because I wanted my card background to look more free-flowing instead of a manufactured look. The background stamps do look quite lovely though if you chose to use them and you can create a multitude of various looks and designs with them.

To color the Iris flower stamp I used my Distress Markers in purple and yellow. Using my water brush again I moved the colors around on each flower to soften the look. Then I added a bit more color back for shading and accents. I did the same thing with the flower stem in a green distress ink. For the stem, I probably should have used a fine tip paint brush and actual water to get a bit better control because it’s such a small area, but it turned out ok.

I layered up my final image on a couple of soft toned card stocks in a lavender and a dark blue that I die cut into simple rectangle shapes against the white for a bit of contrast. I mounted everything onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock for my card base.

I used a narrow banner die from Die-namic’s Fishtail Flags set and used the with sympathy sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Handwritten Borders for the front of the card. I added a bit of dark blue ink to the edges of the fishtail flag. I added a few white enamel dots on the front of the card also. On the inside I used a simple sentiment stamp set that I’d purchased from Michaels.

Finalized card

Finalized card

Overall my final card turned out exactly as I’d hoped and I think it turned out very nice. Hope that perhaps you might find some inspiration in my card design should you ever be faced with making a card for a somber occasion.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post today!