Sending love and sympathy

during a sad time


1/24/20242 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs.  Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

I keep a few sympathy cards on hand in case of need: that way I don't have to create one when I receive sad news and sitting down to the task is hard.

Let’s get started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

A small scrap of white cardstock for sentiment.

Card Face:

  • I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray,  waited 20 - 30 seconds, and then laid it over the card face.  

  • I rolled the surface with a brayer to ensure good contact between the stencil and the card face.

  • Using a standard blending brush, I applied a soft gray ink over the entire surface.

  • I switched to a #1  shading brush and added purple at the base of the petals, pulling it out and down the petals, allowing it to fade and blend with the gray.


  • I stamped the sentiment,  and cut it out with a scalloped rectangular die.

  • I put dimensional foam tape on the back of this die cut..

  • I wrapped silver metallic thread around the card face five times, securing both ends with scotch tape.  I placed them about ⅓ of the way up from the bottom,  ensuring that they were evenly spaced before securing.

  • Taking another small piece of the thread,  I tied a knot around all five, pulling them in tightly.  This knot was placed approximately 1.5” from the left-hand side of the card face.

  • I put a tiny drop of glue on top of this knot and waited a couple of minutes before proceeding.


  • I glued the card face to the card base.

  • I put the sentiment in place so that it covered the knot in the thread,  but kept it in slightly from the left so that the metallic thread could be seen.

Final Thoughts

I don’t pull out my purple ink very often,  but I love this combination of colours.  They came together to create a very subdued sympathy card.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

   I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil:  Dramatic Blooms, A Colorful Life Designs

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

#1  Shading Brushes, Waffle Flower,

Pixie Spray: Michaels

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

A Quick & Easy Card that doesn’t LOOK Quick and Easy!