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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.

Elegant and simple, this sympathy card goes together in minutes

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 needed something quick and easy yet still conveyed a bit of glamour.

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 and goes together in minutes, yet the overall effect says, “I’m thinking of you.”

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

It doesn’t take a lot of time or snazzy elements to make an elegant card, regardless of the occasion. But you can still incorporate some glimmer and shine. Nothing says clean and simple cards have to be dull.

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Building a simple, elegant card, step by step

Step 1

Start with two colors of contrasting card stock and cut as follows (the mat and top layers are each only 1/8″ smaller than the preceding layer) :

  • White base layer: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Black mat: 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • White top layer: 5″ x 3 7/8″

In this case, I used white, black and more white. If you’ve visited my blog for more than 2 minutes, you know that I’m not a huge fan of large expanses of white. But for such a somber occasion, this quiet white is completely appropriate.

I’ve broken all this white up by using a sharply contrasting mat; the glimmer and gleam of the shimmery elements help make this card so elegant. The white on white shimmery design (or any color on that same color) is a quiet statement unto itself.

Step 2

Stamp the top layer with Versamark using the flourish stamp, then apply the white Perfect Pearls according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Step 3

Press the edges of the top layer into the Versamark pad one at a time, and heat emboss the silver embossing powder on them.

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

Step 4

Wrap ribbon around the top layer and adhere to the back with tape runner adhesive.

Complete the inside

If desired, complete the inside. I normally use two additional, matted layers of card stock. In this case, I used the exact colors as on the front 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.

The inside reveals the stamped sentiment
Words of comfort and encouragement

Note: Unfortunately, this exact ribbon die is currently unavailable and seems to have been retired, which happens often in the die-making world. This is fine. Any ribbon tag die will do just as well, you just won’t have to thread the ribbon through slots. I’ve suggested a good alternate die, but feel free to substitute.

Simple, elegant cards can be used for other occasions, too

Try this card for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and any and all holidays. Try it with contrasting Perfect Pearls and embossing powders. Regardless of what colors you use, you’ll have a beautiful, elegant card in no time!

Have you ever made a sympathy card? What method did you use? Did you embellish it or leave it plain?

Share it on the G&B Facebook page with your details. Our community is always interested in new sympathy card ideas, which are often the most difficult cards to make.

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Angled view of sympathy card
Quiet and elegant – no more is needed

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