Hi friends! Kate, here. I recently needed a sympathy card and really struggled for an idea. It's hard to lose someone special and even harder to decide on the perfect card to send.
After I figured out what to make, I thought it might be helpful to come up with more ideas to share with you. Here are 5 ideas for sympathy cards that you can refer to when you are in need of that special card.
1. Tone on Tone diecut
Tulip die from Simon Says Stamp
2. Highlighted Ink Blending
You can ink blend a shape (like the circle) on our Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and stamp a simple image in black for a beautiful one layer card. Add some splatters for interest. Licorice Twist Bazzill Card Shoppe 100 lb makes for a sturdy card base. Be sure to add an inner panel in white for writing your message.
Stamps from Stampin' Up! (retired)
3. Full Ink Blended Background
Similar to the previous card, but with the entire panel ink blended. Stamp your images in black. Even if it is an outline image, you can color in the image with a black marker to make it appear as a shadow. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock is super smooth and perfect for ink blending.
Stamp from Stampin' Up! (retired)
Distress Oxide Inks: Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire
4. Black and White Image
Use a stencil (or painter's tape) to mask off a rectangle on our Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. Ink blend inside the shape (here, slightly darker toward the bottom). Pop up your stamped image and add a sentiment strip and this simple card is done.
Stamp set from Concord and 9th
Sentiment Strip from Taylored Expressions
5. Heat Embossing on Dark Cardstock
Select a simple outline image and emboss in white on colored cardstock (darker shades work best). The neutral shade of Dark Kraft Bazzill Smoothies makes the white "pop" on the paper. For some added interest, use rectangle infinity dies to remove a thin rectangle from the panel.
Stamps from Concord and 9th
Rectangle dies from Hero Arts
Sentiment from PaperTreyInk
Another great technique for Sympathy cards (bleaching) can be found here:
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