I made this card for a friend whose 19-year-old son died unexpectedly over the weekend.
Sympathy cards are one of those things that you wish you didn’t need to make, but they can be such a comfort for loved ones who are going through a hard time! I love being able to create beautiful cards like this for friends who are grieving.
One of the hardest parts about creating a comforting sympathy card is knowing what to write inside! This is one of those situations when there may not be a right answer or a perfect thing to say. Every person and grieving situation is different, but a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. Sometimes saying too much can hurt rather than provide the comfort we intend.
Ideas for what to write in a sympathy card:
- Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is perfect.
- “Our sympathy in your loss.”
- “Our sympathy in your deep sorrow.”
- “Our thoughts are with your family in this time of sorrow.”
- “We love you.”
Simple is best in this situation.
Here’s how I made this card:
The main feature on this card is the gorgeous rose die cut! This die kit is one of the most versatile pieces in the entire Stampin’ Up collection! Roses are perfect for not only sympathy cards, but cards and gifts for weddings, anniversaries, baby and bridal showers, birthday gifts, and thank you cards.
To create this beautiful rose, I used the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, which is a set of five different dies. These dies help you cut detailed, beautiful rose patterns in no time! Because the cut is so delicate, you’ll get best results by using the Big Shot press and precision plates so your cuts are nice and crisp.
Here’s a video on creating the roses with the big shot and precision plates:
This other big player in this card is the Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set. This is THE set I use for almost everything – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, thank you cards, you name it!
More Tips For Creating This Card:
- I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets were used to adhere the rose to the card front – very quick and easy – no mess!
- Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop up” the “With Sympathy” sentiment. Dimensionals are great for adding some depth to your projects!
Here’s a look at all the other supplies I used in this project!