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Cards: Lilly Sympathy Card

June 22, 2010

When it rains it pours, or so it seems lately, with all the sympathy cards I’ve had to make/send. Unfortunately, a dear friend’s mother passed on the other night. It was expected, as much as these things can be expected, and I understand it was a peaceful passing.

So, I wanted to make a card that was simple but a little bit elegant, in honor of “Mama Sara”. I decided on a pair of Calla lilies with a bow.

You can’t get more elegant than doing this in white work. The embossing is done in several stages, starting with the largest ball tool to the small ball tool. The parchment was rested in between the use of each tool.Resting the parchment is very important. I do try to stop myself from embossing too much at one time — although I admit that I am not always successful.

I also wanted to have some perforating work, but not a lot. This time, I decided on a row of slots, and threaded a white organza ribbon through the slots.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have several sheets of paper with various sayings, in different fonts and in different sized printed out on regular paper. In keeping with the desire for simple elegance, I used my favorite font, Edwardian Script, tracing the saying onto the card in white pencil and embossing with the PCA scriber from the back.

It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the insert card is a dark dark red, almost what I would call a dark cranberry color. Inside that is another sheet of plain white paper with saying:

May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

There are a number of websites that have collections of sentiments for various occasions. This particular sentiment I found here.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. June 22, 2010 6:44 am

    Absolutely perfect, C!! White work is always so elegant and this beautiful card says it all in a time when it’s always difficult to know what to send the family of the lost one. Beautifully done, my friend and deepest sympathies for the loss of your friend.

  2. Katy Kasar permalink
    June 22, 2010 6:56 am

    A very befitting design Chiara, and the white work gives it elegance for such a sad occasion – you have, as always, done it beautifully, and I am sure it will be received gracefully – I am sorry for the sadness of your friend – I have to make a bereavement card myself, and have chosen a design (again white work) with white lilies draped gracefully around a cross – have to find the right words now – whatever we say, it somehow always seems inadequate at such a time –
    This is lovely Chiara – very elegant –
    Love and hugs, Katy xx

  3. June 22, 2010 8:30 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your friend’s mother Chiara. Your card is so beautiful, I’m sure it touched the heart of the recipient, as well as your kindness. I think whitework is my absolute favorite technique in parchment craft, the serene beauty is incomparable! Thank you for sharing your exquisite art with us.

  4. dorita permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:43 am

    That is beautiful, Chiara!
    And I love the way you keep your blog alive!

  5. Dawn Haylock permalink
    June 22, 2010 5:35 pm


  6. cepet permalink
    June 22, 2010 7:08 pm

    Thank you so much for all the kind comments!

  7. Sue permalink
    June 23, 2010 4:31 am

    A beautiful card at such a sad time.

  8. Nelly permalink
    June 29, 2010 7:52 am

    Perfect card, Chiara.
    I agree with you, the best way for this card is white work as you said. Any colour will lessen the delicate effects. Also the rests between the layers of embossing is very important and seeing your card you gave the paper enough rests.
    I hope this is the last Sympathy Card you have to make this year……….and for me too, I made 6 already till now and the year is just half way.
    Thank you for the links to the special words one needs in these ocasions.

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