Monday, May 23, 2011

Make It Monday #16

Sympathy cards are a needed part of life. Though they are not something you "want" to pick up and do, I've learned to have at least a couple of them in my stash. Sometimes there just isn't time to sit down and do one when I need it.

These two are simple and submitted for Papertrey Ink's Sympathy Card Challenge called "Make It Monday #16". Using a sympathy type phrase and one of their stamp sets, I came up with these.

This one I used a black card base with an ivory layer on top that has been lightly stamped with the Background Basics: Text Style (love this set) on the top third in Basic Gray ink. The flowers from the Rose Creations Spellbinder Dies were cut from gray cardstock and stacked and attached together with a pewter brad. The butterflies were punched using the MS Triple Butterfly Punch, a punch I keep on my desk, my fave. I didn't want anything shiny on this card since it is to declare a serene feel of sympathy to it.

I dry embossed two double lines on the bottom third leaving enough space to stamp "With Sympathy" between them. A wide piece of black grosgrain ribbon was placed around the ivory panel. Tiny black Kaiser pearls were placed in the butterfly bellies and randomly put on the card.

Stamps: PTI: Background Basics: Text Style, Out On A Limb Sentiments
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Paper: Basic Black, Ivory, Going Gray (SU)
Other: Black Kaiser Pearls, Pewter Brads, Martha Stewart Triple Butterfly Punch, Rose Creations Spellbinders Nestabilities, Black Grosgrain Ribbon (unk)

The last two are the same with different ribbons and ink. Using patterened paper, I covered the bottom half of a white card base folded lengthwise over. I wrapped a sheer olive colored ribbon on one and a black sheer ribbon on the other covering the patterned paper line. "Praying For You" was stamped in Always Artichoke and Memento Black. Emphasis was placed on the card's meaning.

Stamps: PTI: Damask Designs
Paper: White, Patterned Paper
Ink: Always Artichoke, Memento Black
Other: Sheer Olive Green and Black Ribbons

Sympathy cards are a necessary part of life and must be dealt with. Thanks PTI for the challenge and for visiting my blog.


  1. Thanks for another idea on making Sympathy cards. I donate my cards to a social worker, who unfortunately, always has a need for them. On a happier note, she also needs a lot of Birthday cards, too.!

  2. These are lovely cards Robbie and the first one in particular is very stylish. I love those little butterflies.

  3. love the embossed lines on the first card.

  4. These are gorgeous, Robbie! Somber and elegant. You're so right that sympathy cards are something we should make up ahead of time because we aren't usually up to it when the need arises. Very wise!