Simple sympathy card.


I think sympathy cards are so hard to make.  I try to distract myself from thinking about things too much by trying new techniques.  For this card I tried two techniques.

First, I scribbled little squares with markers all over the Silhouette Vase stamp, then misted it with water that had perfect pearls in it and stamped it on white cardstock.  I tried it again with brighter colors too — you can see the sparkle on it better — it’s super hard to capture in a photo, but it’s really pretty in person.


Then for the second technique, I wanted to try and make the card look like an old ceiling tile — you know, the kind that are in old hotels?  Oh, I just love them.


To do that, I dry embossed a cream notecard with a new Tim Holtz embossing folder (see supplies at the end of the post), then sanded it and rubbed the edges with distress ink. I think this would look neat with gold metallic ink rubbed in too — but I didn’t think of it until the card was finished.

Then I misted the whole card with the water and perfect pearl mixture.  Can’t have too much sparkle, right?  Especially when it’s subtle, like this.

Supplies: Hero Arts Silhouette Vase and cream notecard. Tim Holtz collage embossing folder by Ellison. Tim Holtz pumice stone distress ink, perfect pearls by Ranger.  Cuttlebug machine used to do the embossing.  Momento markers — you can use any water based marker for this technique, or if you try it with Copics, mist with blending solution instead of water.

Just had an email that another friend had a family member pass away.  Sad.

Back tomorrow with a happier post, maybe about the sweet prairie rose that is starting to bloom in our garden.

Wishing you sparkles and sunshine,

16 Replies to “Simple sympathy card.”

  1. Oooh! Very prettyyy! :)

  2. This card definitely takes my mind off of things! It demands attention. The background you created also creates a peaceful aura around the flowers. LOVE IT!

  3. Love the background technique, it’s very pretty. This is such a lovely card design, I’m sure it will bring comfort to the recipient.

  4. This is wonderful Lisa – even if it is for a sad reason.  It will be well appreciated I am sure.

  5. Lisa, this is brilliant! I luv the effect! so purty!
    Clouds :D

  6. Fabulous card, Lisa!  I love that new embossing folder.

  7. Virginia L. says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Lisa! Thank you for showing us the creating process! SO interesting and amazing!!

  8. really pretty soft background, Lisa! very elegant card! looks like i NEED that Tim Holtz embossing folder…. =)

  9. Beautiful effect!  Thanks for sharing.

  10. WOW!  I Love the card especially the “ceiling tile”—-
    I too think sympathy cards are hard to make—and even more so when they are for a man.

  11. Before I even read your description, my very first thought was of old ceiling tiles! So you accomplished the look you were going for beautifully! lovely card! I’ve had too many recent  opportunities to make sympathy cards also. :(

  12. Beautiful card!  Sorry to hear about your friend’s family member.

  13. mary from maine says:

    nice art work Lisa. thanks for sharing with us today. I like tim’s new embossing  flolders and sixix dies. can’t wait to see them in stores.

    1. Hi Mary! I got mine at Archiver’s on Wednesday — don’t know if there is one near you, but they said they were selling super fast!

  14. Very pretty mesh of background colors!!  So thoughtful.

  15. This is just perfectly gorgeous, Lisa!! Thank you for sharing the techniques, love it!!

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