Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Simple Sympathy Card

 I am so glad you have visited my wee corner of blogland.

I had a call to make some sympathy cards this week.  Why is it that the need for sympathy cards always comes in waves? Then there is always the decision, do I make a feminine card for a widow, or a vaguely masculine one to acknowledge the loss of her husband?  And also, what does one make for a mother who had lost a son?

This is the first one I made.

The paper is from a new pad I got - the brand is 'Rosies'... not the top of the line, but definitely useful! That was layered over a matte mid-blue layer and then onto a pale grey/lilac base.

The ribbon tied all the colour together in the paper, and I managed to make the double bow look good - recently every time I have gone to make a bow it has turned to custard!!

I embossed the sentiment in gold and cut it using a floral ovals die, and sponged it with violet ink before removing the die. It was mounted using foam dots to give some dimension.

I left the tails of the bow long so they would pop out from under the sentiment panel, and added the wee rhinestone flourish, which neatly mimics the flourish on the edge of the paper.

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Karen Letchworth said...

I don't know how you get your embossing so perfect, Maxine. Mine always seems to smudge, but you did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing this beautiful card in our challenge, and may God bless you this week.
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mamapez5 said...

I think a sympathy card needs to stay simple. The recipient just wants to know you are thinking of them. But they are very difficult to make. This is very pretty, and suitable for either gender. It is a genuine sentiment, pretty but not too fussy die cut and lovely ribbon. It is a sad fact that as we get older we need more and more of these cards, at least here in this 'retired ex-pats' community we do. Kate x

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Mum - it's beautiful... but such an awful reason to require it!

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful sympathy card, Annette x

Lovely Linda said...

A lovely Sympathy card Maxine - they can be so hard to create but you have dome it beautifully my friend - perfect details! {{{hugs}}}

Dawn T said...

Beautifully done Maxine. It is a very heartfelt card for sure. Elegant and just the right amount of embellishment.

Zoe said...

Very elegant card, thanks for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xxx

Unknown said...

such a pretty card for a sad time, I'm sure it would bring comfort. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

Basslady said...

a wonderful and elegant sympathy card!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Bridget Larsen said...

The colours are very fitting for a sympathy card for a mother, I am sure she will love it

Shelly Schmidt said...

You are so right with how to wrap your head around the perfect Sympathy card- I too like simple but with a meaningful Script or Scripture if I have one (that I can find....). Your card is lovely! The color is soft and love the bow and touch of bling!

Paper Panda said...

Lovely card, and perfect for a sympathy card. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog.
Mandy x (PPCC DT)

Darlene said...

I thought that it was only me that had difficulty with sympathy cards. However, when looking at yours, it doesn't look as if you struggled at all. It's gorgeous. The bow in that beautiful ribbon is perfect! Your choice of DP is also perfect. And I love that floral oval die, it's soooo pretty!


flossbite said...

I always struggle with sympathy cards; I usually end up crying. You've created a lovely card. Your embossing is perfect. Thanks for taking the time to enter Rhedd & Rosies challenge.
Fiona x

DesignerDiva said...

Beautiful work. Thank you for playing at Diva's this week and good luck.
Sorry my comment is copied and pasted, but I wanted to make sure I got around to everyone.
Hugs Laurie x

Andie's Space said...

Hi Maxine,
It's always such a shame such cards are needed. This is beautiful, though I'm sure the recipient appreciates the sentiment as much as the appearance. It's gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week.
Andie xx

Lesley said...

Lovely card, very elegant. Thanks for taking part in Ruby's Rainbow's 'Layer It Up' challenge xx

MiamiKel said...

Oh Maxine, these are both so lovely. You are right, they are hard cards to make but what a thoughtful sentiment and I know having it made from you will be a soothing touch. Blessings, friend!

Sharon said...

Love the cas lines of this card. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
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Karen Letchworth said...

Hi again Maxine, I wanted to share some news. I am participating in a Blog Hop this weekend (Friday - Sunday) and I'd love to invite you to hop along with us for the chance at winning a fabulous prize of stamps. You can check it out either at my blog:
Or at the Paper Sweeties Blog here:
I hope you will stop by and have fun with us.
Blessings to you,
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