10 May 2021

With Deepest Sympathy


As I mentioned in my last blog article, sympathy cards are the most challenging type of card to design for most of us. That is why I decided to do a month-long dedication. Otherwise, let's be honest, these are not the most cheerful cards to create as they bring about a sense of sadness.

I designed this card back in October 2020 because of a longtime business associate/friend's passing. He was a witty, cheerful 94-year-old who always made me smile. It is still strange for me to imagine he was 94, as I wouldn't have put him past 80. 

Not a Christmas went by that he didn't think of me and my family. He always came into our office before the holiday with a 2 lb. box of See's Chocolates with instructions to take them home and that they were not for the office. I missed his friendly hug and smile far more than that box of chocolates last year. 

Enough reminiscing, you want to know about the card. I created the front panel using the new Cricut Foil Kit. As you can see, the results are excellent! It is definitely worth the price point of $39.99. 

This was the first project I created with the kit. Be forewarned, the first time I attempted it, I did not tape down the transfer foil enough, and it shifted. My second attempt, the result you see above, was accomplished by taping all the edges securely to the cardstock. 

For the cross image, I went directly to Canva. I have used this web-based software for years for business purposes. If you are a pro member, you can save images with a transparent background. Since I am not using the software as much as before, I no longer subscribe to the Pro version. However, that means I cannot download transparent background images. Once I bought my graphic, I opened it in Photoshop and removed the background manually. 

I then imported it into Cricut Design Studio to layout my design and add my wording. The font is the basic Cricut Sans. 

For the inside of the card, I decided to keep things simple. I did a single layer of white cardstock. On the left, I went with a complementary cross to go with the front of the card. I stamped it with Stampin Up Sahara Sand

On the right, I used my standard sentiment I found online a long time ago that resonated with me. I use it for all of my sympathy cards.  

God did not promise 

days without pain, 

laughter without sorrow, 

nor sun without rain, 

but he did promise 

strength for the day, 

comfort for the tears, 

and light for the way.

I printed the verse on my computer using the font, Edwardian Script.

For the final touch, I stamped the outside of the envelope with the cross and Sahara Sand. 

Thank you for joining me on this project. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you next week! 

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