Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Layered Cross Sympathy Card

Hello blogging friends! Is it hard for you to make sympathy cards? Part of me has never liked making sympathy cards, I guess it's just because when we see a sympathy card we know there is sadness and a feeling of great loss for a loved one or a friend. But over the years I have tried to change how I think about creating sympathy cards and yes there is grief but I also try to think of the person who has passed and the beautiful life that they had and all of the lives they have touched along the way and then somehow it seems a little easier.

Before my youngest son was born I was a floral designer and used to manage a floral shop and one of the hardest things to do was making arrangements with the family for the funeral. I remember one day at the shop when we were working on flowers for someone that all of us knew and everyone was having a hard time when one of the older ladies who worked there told me this---when I am working with the flowers I think of the person and the beauty of their life and I try to make them the most beautiful flower arrangement for their journey home. I don't think I will ever forget that and ever since then I have tried to think about creating a little differently when it comes to making sympathy cards. So maybe this will be something that is helpful for you during the times when it can be harder to create.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,

Stamps: JustRite Stampers CR-03570 With Sympathy
Paper: Discount Cardstock Simply Smooth Ivory, Bronze Metallic; My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two Blush
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3 D Foam Squares; Sanding Block


  1. What a beautiful way to think about this process...I also have a hard time making sympathy.
    Your card is just stunning and I love the layers and that beautiful sentiment

  2. I think we all feel it´s much harder to make these cards than others, but you did a really wonderful job here heidi, it´s absolutely gorgeous, and anyone would be happy to recieve anything like this, even the reason it would be sent. It´s gorgeous work hun.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about making a sympathy card. It will make the process easier for many of us. Your card is beautiful. That new cross set is on my wish list.

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  5. Beautiful card and such good advise to share.

  6. Very nice card, Heidi! I like the colors, and the crosses you chose to layer.

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  8. I liked your creation. truly artistic!


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