Sympathy/Thinking of You Cards

Crystal Effects Stained Glass

Crystal Effects Stained Glass

Crystal Effects has made a return in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!

Crystal Effects is a water based glossy lacquer that works as a liquid embellishment. 
Stampin' Up! retired it a couple of years ago, but has brought back an updated version that has white and silver flecks for an added touch of sparkle!
So fun, and the possibilities are endless.
For this card, I used the new Shimmery Crystal Effects paired with the die cut found in the Stain Glass Dies for a sparkly, yet elegant sympathy card.
The background paper Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.
Crystal Effects Stained Glass cropped
Here's How:
1. Cut the half round stained glass out of Champagne Foil paper using the Big Shot and Stain Glass Die.  This is a delicate die, so if possible, cut it out using an adhesive backing on the foil paper.  That way, all you have to do is peel off the backing on the adhesive and apply to the card front without glue.  I used the retired Adhesive Sheets from Stampin' Up!
2.  Attach die-cut to Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper panel.  Carefully add Shimmery Crystal Effects in between the panes of the stained glass.  Sprinkle some Shimmer White Embossing Powder over the wet Crystal Effects for added sparkle.  Set aside to dry completely.
3. Stamp greeting from Painted Glass on Smoky Slate card base using Basic Gray ink.  I used the Stamparatus.
4. Attach the stain glass pane to the card basel.  Attach a piece of ribbon above the stain glass.  I used some silver sparkle ribbon from my stash. 
5. Apply Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to complete.
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Painted Glass
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Smoky Slate, Champagne Foil, Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Stain Glass Die, Adhesive Sheet, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Shimmer White Embossing Powder, ribbon from my stash, Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, Stamparatus
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Shimmery Crystal Effects
Stained Glass Dies
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Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Golden Afternoon Watercolor Background Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for a friend of mine who recently lost her brother.

This is one of the reasons I purchased Golden Afternoon, found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

I liked the images, plus the sympathy greeting because, you just never know.

To create this card, I made a watercolor background using Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Granny Smith Green ink colored onto a piece of watercolor paper using an aqua painter.

Once the paper dried, I stamped the images from Golden Afternoon using Memento Black ink. 

I used my Stamparatus for each of the images to get good inked images.


Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Granny Smith Green, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter


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Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You

Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You
Dandelion Wishes Thinking of You

Unfortunately, I've needed to send out yet another sympathy card.  This is the third one in as many months. 

For this card, I used my new stamp set Dandelion Wishes paired with the retired set Sincere Salutations for the greeting for a clean and simple design.

Sincere Salutations has always been one of my favorite greeting sets, and whenever I need a simple, yet elegant sentiment, I pull it out of my crafting cabinet.  It is one of my few remaining wood-mount stamp sets purchased when SU! only sold wood-mount stamps. 

Dandelion Wishes, I think, will become one of my favorites too.  Lots of possibilities with its simple design.

This card was very easy to create.

A perfect 5 minute or less card!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp dandelion image using Basic Gray ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock measuring 3" x 2 1/2".  With a paper trimmer, cut the image into 3- 1" panels at 2" and 1".  Mount each panel to a Basic Gray mat measuring 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" using Mini Dimensionals at the top and bottom of each panel to pop them up.
  2.  Attach to a 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Mini Dimensionals on the four corners to pop it up.
  3. Stamp greeting using Basic Gray ink.
  4. Attach to 4"x3 3/4" Basic Gray card base to complete.

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes

Stamp Sets: Dandelion Wishes, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals

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Clean and Simple Touches of Texture Card

Touches of Texture Blocks
Touches of Texture

Unfortunately, I recently needed a sympathy card. 

Sympathy cards are some of the hardest to make.

I created this clean and simple card using one of my favorite stamp sets, Touches of Texture.

The simple design works for any occasion, including sympathy or thinking of you.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp images from Touches of Texture onto 1 1/2" square blocks of Very Vanilla card stock using Memento Black ink.
  2.  Stamp the "fill in" images for the wings of the bee and dragonfly, the center of the large flower, and the flower buds using Crushed Curry ink.
  3. Attach to 1 5/8" square Basic Black matting.
  4. Attach to Very Vanilla card base using Mini Dimensionals to pop the blocks up.
  5. Stamp greeting of choice using Memento Black ink.  For this card, I used Teeny Tiny Wishes which is retiring on May 31.


Touches of Texture stamp set

Touches of Texture

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Touches of Texture, Teeny Tiny Wishes (retiring)

Ink: Memento Black, Crushed Curry

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals

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