Monday, September 16, 2019

Sympathy Cards

Hello friends! 

I am sure you are likely agree that our life can be depicted in cards, right?
Recently I got asked to create 15 sympathy cards by my doctor friend Joe.
I have made a few batches of sympathy cards for his use before. Sadly, he ran out of them.

I set out to create a very simple design and kept the colors neutral.
sympathy cards #5

Since I am also busy with our daughter's wedding, I didn't want to spend too much time on designing card sets.  In the end, I went with the Dandelion Wishes.

sympathy cards #3
This stamp set is very forgiving as there is little line-up. You can keep the stems and leaves simple.

I tried my best to utilized the various shades of yellow. Because it is sympathy cards, I envisioned in my mind that one of the flying dandelions evokes a feeling of "fallen". 

sympathy cards #2

Therefore, I stamped it differently from the rest of the dandelions. 
Many of us struggled to make Sympathy cards. I admit, it is not easy.

Here are a few things to consider when making a sympathy card

~clean and simple
~no bright color combo
~pop of colors are long as the colors fit the theme (such as the dandelion cards)
~nature-themed cards are generally suitable
~still life and floral image are most popular
~white space is needed

sympathy cards #1

I am charging $2 Canadian (it's $1.50 US) a card and give my friend a "deal".
I want to encourage him to use my handmade cards.
sympathy cards #4

What's your thoughts on making sympathy cards? Do you have your go-to images/colors?
I hope my ideas make sense to you. I'd love to hear from you !

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Denise Bryant said...

Love the stamp set you used! This would be so pretty for many different occasions. Lovely set of cards!

Dawn T said...

Superb Virginia. Just the right about of colour and love the design. A great set of cards. I like to use nature as well for sympathy cards - usually in a darker colour scheme.

I Card Everyone said...

Virginia, I am so glad your friend has asked for more - even though his need is truly sad.
I see those little seeds as souls, perhaps off to their next adventure? Really the perfect choices: colors, stamps, and sentiment.

MadeByMeghanK said...

These are GORGEOUS! I Love the yellow! said...

Beautiful sympathy cards and love your reasons you chose the designs. I tend to use floral designs as well and purples colors. These are so effervescent and light! Really so beautiful!

Karthikha said...

These cards are sooo beautiful! I love the colors! And thanks for the tips on sympathy cards, they are always hard to make!

Sue D said...

Beautiful set of dandelion sympathy cards. I have an embossing folder with dandelions that I sometimes use. said...

Beautiful, simple sympathy cards!

Harriet said...

Wonderful cards!

conil said...

Doesn't everyone love dandelions? I do and I think they're absolutle perfect for this set of sympathy cards. Just a lovely design and so heart-felt.

MelissaF said...

Beautiful sympathy cards, love the soft yellow and CAS design. I usually use leaves, or a pattern of leaves in muted tones and stick to a CAS design as well.

Linda BL said...

The dandelions are a perfect choice for your set of sympathy cards. I tend to make them as I need them and have no set design. I tend to use floral designs with light grays and light green. They are definitely harder to make as you want the card to be pretty, but be thoughtful and convey sympathy. Dr. Joe is definitely getting a bargain, but like you, I think keeping the price low encourages him to use homemade cards. Thank you for sharing your tips for sympathy cards.