Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Sympathy


Last week I had the misfortune to have to make a sympathy card for a new friend and my husband's colleague who had suddenly lost a family member. This really is NOT the type of card anyone likes to make and I really struggled with it. I usually tend to "be there" for friends in this situation and not send cards - I prefer the personal touch. However a trip to Toronto, Canada was out of the question so I had to knuckle down and create something special. Recently I had seen the type of card I wanted to do on Michelle's blog - Stamp and Smile - check out her gorgeous card here. Unfortunately we didn't have the stamp set Michelle used, but it will be available in April in the new catalogue. I ended up using my Fantasy stamp from Penny Black and used black embossing to put it on some BoBunny DP. I layered my image onto Basic Black and Sahara Sand. The sentiment was also embossed. I then sponged some black under the tree to "ground" it. I was pleased with how it ended up - just wish it was for a happier occasion. Hopefully it will bring some comfort knowing that people are thinking of them from across the world!

17 comments:

Ange Kelly said...

Debbie, this card is Beautiful! It is never easy to make a sympathy card, but you have done a wonderful job!

Andrea, said...

Beautiful card Debbie, I love the background

Sammi said...

It's lovely Debbie! I'm sure it will bring comfort to them to know you are thinking of them!
*hugs*

Lisa Robb said...

This is a stunning card.

Ramona Michaluk said...

These cards are never easy to make but you've done a superb job with this one. Love the background paper and the tree and sentiment are just perfect.
Another beautiful card in your collection.

Danielle said...

What a beautiful card Debbie. Always tough to make sympathy cards but you did an awesome job with this one.
Hugs, Danielle

Jean said...

Debbie, your card is beautiful - the background paper is perfect to go with that lovely tree image. I am sure it will mean a lot to your friend.

Cheryl Joshua said...

This is gorgeous,simple yet elegant......I love it!!! Sympathy cards are the hardest to make,but you have done a wonderful job!

Marcia P @ The Stamp Spot said...

It's a beautiful card Debbie and I am sure it gave some comfort to the receivers.

:) Marcia

Emily said...

Debbie, this card is beautiful and although it is always a struggle to come up with these types of cards, the love you put into them will be treasured by those who receive them. That paper is so lovely and the embossing really adds to the beauty of your card.

Leonie said...

This certainly is a special card, sorry for your friend!

Kristy said...

Im sorry you had to make a sympathy card Debbie.This is just so beautiful

yvonne said...

Deb, this is just beautiful, very elegant and warm. The perfect card to bring comfort to your friends.

Stamp and Smile said...

I bet this card had to be hard to make! Sympathy cards are one of the hardest cards for me to create... I just feel so sad for the family!
But, your card Debbie is so soothing and warm with the DP colors and YES, the tree embossed just makes this card! Thanks for linking me and lovely comments... SMILES!! :)

Lisa Hjulberg said...

You did an awesome job with this card, Debbie. I know what you mean... sympathy cards are not our favorites, but a sad fact of life. I am quite sure your friends feel your love and concern across the many miles. That and prayers are really quite a lot, more than you might think.

xOx Lisa

Dawn said...

This is just stunning!

Alex Hughes said...

This is a gorgeous card Debbie. Very elegant and sophisticated.