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Cards: Sympathy

May 11, 2010

Friday was one of those days, it was when I found out my husband’s uncle passed away (it was expected, so not a huge surprise). Of course, hubby asked, “Do you have any sympathy cards in parchment on hand so we can send one?”

I know that I should keep a few sympathy cards on hand, but these are, for me, the hardest to make. I have this block in my mind that if I make a sympathy card ahead of time, I will most certainly need to use it sooner than I expect, or want. I don’t want to tempt fate! So, no, I don’t normally keep these on hand.

And thus, I had to make one. I decided to try my hand at putting a card together on my own. I don’t know if using a free image from the web would be considered designing my own card at this point.

I made a simple lace border, using the small sun tool inbetween the X’s. Then I found a lovely (free) celtic cross image on the web that I thought would translate pretty well to parchment paper.
In this instance I felt that green would be a good color to use, but since the knot was mostly thin, I decided to use watercolor pencils in a solid color.

Originally, I was not going to cut out the spaces between the knots, but felt the whole piece would look much better. I think I made the right decision. Watching old movies on the tv was good company for all that cutting!

For the sentiment, I have several sheets of paper with different sentiments printed out in various different fonts and several different font sizes. When it comes time to add some writing to my card, all I have to do is chose the saying, size and style I want and place the parchment paper over it and trace in my chosen medium. There are times that I will trace in white pencil and then emboss the writing.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! (If anyone is interested, I’d be happy to clean up my sheets of paper into an actual pattern and make that available to you.)

  1. May 11, 2010 9:14 am

    A beautiful card Chiara, I agree with you, I don’t have any sympathy cards laying around either.

    • cepet permalink
      May 11, 2010 2:37 pm

      Thanks Jerri.

  2. May 11, 2010 10:18 am

    Sympathy cards are always difficult for any of us to make, C. My condolences to your family for your loss. I like the way you made your card and I think we’d all love to have the pattern…..whenever the urge strikes you to put it all together and share it. (((BIG HUGS)))

    • cepet permalink
      May 11, 2010 2:38 pm

      Thanks V. Will work on cleaning up all my notations and put that together.

  3. Martha permalink
    May 11, 2010 6:28 pm

    Great work with your art…This card could also be used for other purposes such as Easter, Communion by thinking of it that way I find it easier to have one on hand…for Sympathy!
    Just my thoughts! Don’t you just love to cut…lol I do!!
    My Sympathy

    • cepet permalink
      May 11, 2010 7:06 pm

      Martha, I do, actually, love cutting. I also, have to be very careful with my perforating beforehand, as I have a tendency to rush my perforating just to get to the cutting! And hurry and parchment don’t mix! 🙂
      I agree, this sort of design could be used for a number of events. I know it is far easier to have a sympathy card on hand, but in the past, every time I’ve made one, just to have on hand, I’ve had to use it very very soon after finishing it. The whole tempting fate is because of my past experiences.

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