I recently participated in a Sympathy Card swap. Sympathy cards are generally difficult to make, and most of us don't have them on hand for when we need them. Then, suddenly, we need one and just have a difficult time making one at the last minute. We are dealing with our emotions or helping the one who needs it or any number of things. It is hard to make a card for such an occasion when card-making normally brings us joy.
So when it was suggested to do such a swap, I jumped on it. It completely made sense and made me happy to know that I would be able to have cards on hand to bless someone in such a difficult time.
So, here is the card I created:
I started with a cream colored cardstock card base. The purple paper is from one of the cardstock 6x12 paper pads from ProvoCraft. The filigree cross is from Easter 2010 cartridge. The cross shadow was created using my Gypsy and Elegant Edges cartridge. I layered and welded them, stretching one box for the longer portion and then cut. I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder Swirls #2 and lightly sanded the raised portion to give it more dimension. (and those who know me know how much I can't stand sandpaper!) Then I used a Martha Stewart border punch for a lacey look on the edge.
The cross is adhered with pop-dots to give it dimension.
I did not add an interior sentiment for many reasons: first- depending on the need, a different sentiment may be better than one I picked, so I felt it was better to leave it blank and allow the giver to write or stamp a sentiment inside; second- as I looked at it I realized it would also be a good card for Christenings, Baptisms, Dedications, Memorials, or any number of occasions that are not limited to a Sympathy need.