For me, sympathy cards are the hardest to create, especially if it’s for a family friend. The summer I was born, there were about seven women in our church who were expecting. That seems like a huge number – and it’s even more astounding when you realize that it was a small country church. (But, hey, it was before cable and the internet.) Almost all of the kids born that summer were friends all the way through high school and beyond. We haven’t all kept in close touch, but we’re still connected when it comes to family matters.
One of the moms passed away a couple of years ago. She had been quite ill with Alzheimer’s, so it was a bittersweet time. Everyone was happy she was free, but still very sad to lose her. Several months ago, the dad had a stroke, and when he was being treated, they found out he had cancer – and he passed away last week. It must be horrible to lose a parent, but two in as many years? Awful!
So while I want to convey peace and encouragement, I still want the card to show my sorrow for the family. Tough order, right? But here’s the card I made for my friend.
I used three different stamp sets for this one. First I stamped the flowers from Number of Years in Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. On a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I stamped the Watercolor Wings butterfly from the Annual Catalog in a combination of Crushed Curry (I wanted a little darker base color than Daffodil Delight), Old Olive, and Night of Navy ink. The antennae, however, is stamped directly onto the card in Old Olive ink. And, finally, I added the Petite Pairs sentiment – also from the Annual Catalog – in Night of Navy ink to the corner of the card.
I die-cut a Daffodil Delight overlay using the Butterflies thinlits, then stamped the butterfly body in Old Olive. I die-cut the stamped butterfly base with the Bold Butterfly Framelits, then glued the base and overlay together with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Once the glue on the butterfly was set, I added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
So even though the occasion is sad, I do like this card. I didn’t want it to be too somber with darker colors, but, on the other hand, I didn’t want to use to many brights either. I think the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive paired with the Night of Navy achieve just the look I was hoping for. Butterflies and flowers say spring to me, and spring brings hope and new life – and I think that came across as well.
Although there is sadness here on earth, I know there is rejoicing in heaven as this sweet couple is reunited with each other and loved ones who have gone before. And I’ll be praying for the family as time helps precious memories replace the sadness.
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