An Elegant Sympathy Card that’s Quick and Easy

A quick and easy yet elegant sympathy card

Sympathy cards are the least enjoyable cards to make. But this elegant sympathy card is so simple, you’ll have it done in less than hour.

A simple formula for a simple card

You might recognize this card – it’s almost identical to my Elegant Thank you Card that I made the same week. Both occasions to give cards came up so suddenly that I developed this formula for the thank you card and used it for this sympathy card.

There’s nothing in the card-making rule book that says we can’t reuse a formula for a successful card if we want to. And this formula’s a winner. It produces a simple card that uses very few elements, yet the overall effect says, “You’re special.”

Close up detail of sympathy card showing Perfect Pearls on stamped swirls
Simple, understated yet glamorous detail

Once again, I’ve started with three layers of contrasting card stock. In this case, I used white, black and more white. If you’ve visited my blog for more than 2 minutes, you’ll discover that I’m not a huge fan of the color white. Or the lack of color, I should say. It’s just so bland.

But in this case, the white is broken up by the black mat and the glimmer and gleam of the shimmery elements. I heat embossed the edges of the top layer with silver after first stamping the layer with Versamark and then gently whispering white Perfect Pearls on the resulting swirls.

Tweak the formula for fresh interest

Close up detail of ribbon and tag detail
Heavy embellishments aren't needed here

The ribbon and the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tag are all that’s needed as embellishment. This looks quite appropriate for what’s probably a black tie affair.

The inside reveals the stamped sentiment
Words of comfort and encouragement

I used my traditional few layers of card stock and stamped a comforting expression of sympathy (with a small personal note included). I felt less was more for this quick and easy, yet very elegant card. A card like this is sure to mean much to the bereaved.

Now it's your turn

Have you had to make a sympathy card? What method did you use? Did you embellish it or leave it plain?

Share with us on Facebook with your details. We’re always interested in how others convey their sympathies.

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Angled view of sympathy card
Quiet and elegant - no more is needed
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Hi, I'm Shea!

Hi, I'm Shea!

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