January 17, 2017


I got a request for a card! That doesn't happen nearly often enough. But, when it does, I am thrilled.

This was a commission for a sympathy card, something I don't make very frequently. 

I had purchased the lovely set, You've Got This, quite awhile ago. Like the good, faithful little fussy cutter I am, I did stamp the flower portion several times upon various scraps of Designer Series Paper. I cut them out on car trips, as I am wont to do. But, so far, I hadn't used any of these exquisite flowers in any projects.

As soon as a sympathy card was requested, these lonely flowers popped into my brain. So, I spread them out before me and finally chose one on DSP that I thought was suitable to send condolences.

It took me quite awhile to come up with a cross-hatched background that I liked with this particular flower. But, finally, I hit on this one stamped in Smoky Slate.

The DSP from which the flower was fussy cut was a Mint Macaron and white marbled look. So, I kept the color scheme fairly somber -- black, gray, white and the subtle Mint Macaron, not only in the flower itself, but also in the thin mat around the image layer.

I had wanted to add the sentiment, With Sympathy, but I was having much difficulty in exactly how to present it. 

After many trials, I ended up with this -- stamped in Archival Basic Black onto Vellum Cardstock. I crisply folded the vellum at the edges and folded the ends to the back of the panel. This gives such a neat -- and simple -- edge that is very effective. After I added the vellum strip, I felt it was still calling for something more. A couple of Basic Pearls was just what it needed.

The person requesting this card hasn't seen it yet. I sincerely hope it meets her needs.

What are some of your favorite images to use when creating sympathy cards?



  1. This is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party.

  2. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  3. I'm sure she's going to love it Linda. All the thought and love that went into the making of the card will comfort her in her loss. It's beautiful.

  4. What an honor to be asked for such a sensitive and sentimental card. It is beautiful and I hope you're very proud of your work. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  5. Lovely and thoughtful card! Thank you for sharing with us recently at #FridayFrivolity!