03 May 2021

Tree of Life Sympathy Card

Let's be honest with one another, the hardest cards of all to make are sympathy cards. Usually, when we make one, we are grieving the loss of a loved one or dear friend. This makes it difficult because we are processing our emotions when we are trying to be creative. I recently found myself in such a predicament. I will be sure to have one made before such an event to have on hand in the future.

The card I am sharing today was made for a longtime family friend, and I was pleased with the result. I wanted something that would, hopefully, bring comfort. I think this card will offer a little peace. 

I knew I wanted to go with an all-white theme with a hint of silver. I chose to make the card 5" x 7". 

Let's start with the front of the card:

The Tree of Life - Front of Card

The card's focal point is the beautiful Tree of Life, at least that is what I call it. It is an embossing folder I found on Amazon not long ago. I actually used two embossing folders on one piece of cardstock. The first being the tree, which I paired with the swiss dots on the bottom. I found them to be very complementary to one another. Then I took a silver organza ribbon and tied it around the white cardstock as an accent. 

Next, I mounted the white cardstock onto silver foil cardstock using tear tape. Then again, applied tear tape to the silver foil's back to mount both layers onto the base cardstock. 

Finally,  I added a simple sentiment printed in Edwardian Script on my computer in Word. I cut the sentiment out using an oval, stitched die on my Big Shot. I attached that onto the top of the card with foam dots for a little dimension and then added some white enameled dots for a subtle touch of bling. 

Now onto the verse:

The interior verse

It took me a long while to find a verse I liked. I wanted something that would have comforted me when I lost my father. This one struck a chord. I have a firm belief in God, and He has brought me much comfort over the years. The words in this verse have strength and fortitude. It has become a staple whenever I make a sympathy card. 

I truly hope you do not have an occasion where you need to make a sympathy card, but if you do, I hope this one helps to inspire you to make your own. A heartfelt, homemade card is a wonderful way to share your love with someone.

This next month I will be focusing on sympathy cards. It isn't the easiest topic or joyous, but we all need them from time to time, and I hope my ideas will help you in your time of need. 

If you have any questions about the products I used in this design, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment, and I will be happy to answer your questions!  

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