Sympathy Cards–Handmade Says it Best

When it’s time to give Sympathy Cards, handmade always says it best.  While they’re not the most fun cards to give, they are deeply appreciated by the recipient. Since this is the second one I’ve created in the past couple weeks, I thought I’d share some some tips for creating Sympathy Cards below.

My friend and computer techie had to put Laptop (his Rottweiler) down last week, so I created this for him and his wife.
Serene Sihouettes and Watercolor Wonder DSP from Stamping Madly

What makes a good Sympathy Card?

  • Images from nature are can bring comfort to those who’ve lost someone they love, whether a person or a pet.  The trees in this card are from the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set.

Serene Silhouettes

Serene Silhouettes (wood mount # 132073, clear mount # 127324)

  • Colors are typically muted and soft, like in the Sympathy Card in this post:  Handmade Sympathy Cards.  I chose bright colors this time, as I imagined Laptop sleeping under the trees on a sunny afternoon.  Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper provided the perfect background!
  • A simple design is best, something soothing and harmonious.  You don’t want it to be too busy, glitzy, or “cutesie.” 
  • You’ll need a compassionate sentiment such as “Sorry for your loss,” “Thinking of you,” or “You’re in my prayers.”  I chose to print out my own sentiment on the inside of this card:  “Saying goodbye is the hardest part.”
  • A personal note expressing your love and caring in your own words and handwriting may be the most important part of the card!
  • Be prepared!  Create a stash of handmade Sympathy Cards so you don’t have to rush to put one together.

Stampin’ Up! has several stamp sets with wonderful words for Sympathy Cards, and these are two of my favorites:

Click here to order Love & Sympathy stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Love & Sympathy (wood # 128652, clear # 122797)

Click here to order Thoughts and Prayers from Stampin' Up!

Thoughts and Prayers (wood # 128751, clear # 127805)

When it’s time to give a Sympathy Card, remember that your handmade card will say it best!

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