Sympathy/Thinking of You Cards

Pearlized Background with Dandelion Embossing Folder

Dandelion Wishes Pearlized Background SympathyCreate an easy pearlized, shimmery background using Frost White Shimmer Paint (retiring) and a Blending Brush.

This technique shimmers with any color of card stock, so the possibilities are endless!

See more pearlized backgrounds HERE on my Backgrounds Page.

Here's how:

  1. Pour a small amount of Frost White Shimmer Paint* on a palette.  I used a clear block as my palette.
  2.  Pick up the Shimmer Paint using a Blending Brush and swipe across Pretty Peacock* card front.  Set aside to dry completely.
  3.  Emboss card front using die-cut machine and Dandelions Embossing Folder.  Attach to Silver Foil* mat.  Attach to Pretty Peacock base.
  4.  Stamp greeting from Woven Heirlooms on scrap piece of Basic White card stock using Pretty Peacock ink.
  5. Cut out using die-cut machine and Layer Ovals die*.  Add Frost White Shimmer Paint using Blending Brush.  Sponge edges using Pretty Peacock ink.  Attach to card base to complete.  Be sure to clean the Blending Brush and clear block with water.

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July Fresh Ideas-Distressed Glue Technique

Mountain Air Distressed Glue

Add interesting backgrounds to your card creations using the Distressed Glue Technique.

Perfect for adding a beautiful sky background like I did with this card using the stamp set Mountain Air.

All you need is glue and a selection of inks.

The possibilities are endless!

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Mountain Air Sympathy Card

Dee Sympathy

2020 has been a rough year.

This is the 5th sympathy card I've made so far this year.

This one is for the family of a friend who passed away suddenly the end of June.

This one is especially hard for me as she was a good friend.

She was one of the ladies who welcomed us to Wetmore, and was instrumental in introducing us to the community.

I don't know about you, but I usually have someone in mind as I create a card.

This was certainly the case as I created this one.

I could feel her over my shoulder, smiling at this scene, so perfect for our small mountain community.

We stamped together.  She was extremely talented and fussy!

We shared meals together.

We shopped together.

We laughed together.

We worried about fires and flash floods in our community together.

I will miss her smile.

Rest in peace, Dee.


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Jar of Flowers Sympathy Card

Irene Sympathy

Unfortunately, I needed to send another sympathy card.

A long-time resident of our small community passed away recently.

I wanted to send flowers, but instead, decided to make a jar of flowers in a card using the stamp set Jar of Flowers and coordinating Jar Punch.

The jar was punched out of watercolor paper that had been lightly sponged with Pool Party ink.

The flowers and greeting were stamped on watercolor paper using Memento Black ink.

The flowers and stems were colored using a variety of Stampin' Blends.  The flowers were fussy cut using a pair of scissors.

For the background, I spritzed the watercolor card front with water, then added Purple Posy ink refill using a water painter.

The pearls were colored with a black Sharpie pen.



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Mountain Air Thinking of You

Mountain air sympathy thinking of youI guess as I get older, more and more friends I know are losing parents and loved ones.

So sad, but, unfortunately, a way of life.

This is the card I created to send to a friend after the death of a brother (non Corona Virus related.)

I hope it brought some comfort.

I stamped layers of mountains using the Mountain Air stamp set in Basic Gray ink on Very Vanilla card stock full strength and again without reinking.

The trees were stamped in Basic Gray ink and cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Majestic Mountain die.

The tree was cut out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Majestic Mountain die, and was attached using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

The greeting comes from Sincere Salutations, a retired set in my stash that I still use often.


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Mountain Air Sending Prayers

Sending prayers

Unfortunately, I needed to send out a sympathy card to the family of a neighbor who passed away recently.

The images in the Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies are perfect for our setting here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

You  can view more of my Mountain Air creations HERE.

To create the mountain scene, I started with the background on watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, and Crushed Curry inks swiped on using an aqua painter.

I heat embossed the detail mountain image using white embossing powder on Night of Navy and Seaside Spray card stock for the first two layers of mountains.  For the third layer, I stamped Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White card stock.

The treeline and landscape were embossed on Garden Green card stock.

The two trees were cut out of Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz card stock and added to the front to give a little more dimension.


Mountain Air Bundle

Mountain air bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel, Soft Suede,Versamark

Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: heat tool, white embossing powder, Big Shot, Majestic Mountain Dies, aqua painter, Dimensionals, Stamparatus

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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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