His & Hers: Sympathy Cards

In this third assignment from the Online Card Classes His and Hers segment, we focused on sympathy cards. I chose to work with the same colors but different imagery and fonts to appeal to different genders.

Simple sympathy cards for both genders.

Simple sympathy cards for both genders.

Although these look like simple cards, it took me several tries to get them right! That’s the challenge with simple cards that rely only on stamps – it’s easy to make an error with getting a stamp positioned correctly or smudging the ink.

I started with the masculine card. The class example used a really cool herringbone stamp, but I couldn’t find anything that read both masculine and neutral enough for a sympathy card.  You don’t want to be cutesy when it comes to expressing your condolences. So I went with a leaf stamp that had enough length to it to use it sideways.

Once again, I went with an ivory card base (next time I will have to create a masculine card using a white base!). I used two shades of ink, VersaMagic Spanish Olive and Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Butter Bar, to stamp the leaves in a staggered pattern. I used large sticky notes to tape off the edge and my Eclipse masking sheet to mask the green leaf so that it appeared that the yellow one was behind it. I also purposely left a little green ink on the stamp so some of it showed through the yellow.

I used Versafine Vintage Sepia to stamp the sentiment and the vertical border. The sentiment is from my old stand-by, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings, and the border is from Simon Says Stamp Happy Every Day. I used foam adhesive to adhere the layer on the ivory card base.

For the feminine version, I used the same inks, but this time with a flower stamp from Impression Obsession, G5561. The image comes as one stamp, so I carefully inked it up used both inks, with a little overlap at the base of the yellow flower. Although the green flower didn’t stamp evenly, I decided to leave it as I think it adds to the imagery of the flowers being in the sun. That, and I didn’t want to start over again!

The thin double border came from the same stamp set as above, while the cursive sentiment comes from Stampendous’ Orchid Greetings set. This time I used white card stock, adhering the white layer with foam squares on a white card base.

Both are very simple, but I think that’s best when it comes to sympathy cards.

Thanks for visiting!

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With Sympathy Card

This is the first sympathy card I’ve made.

I tried to keep this simple and understated.

I tried to keep this simple and understated.

I wanted to keep this simple and understated. I used a dark blue card base made from Bazzill paper. The orchid and sentiment come from Stampendous’ Orchid Greetings stamp set. I heat embossed both using Versamark Ink and Recollections detail embossing powder in Snow. I also scored the edges at one quarter inch all the way around with my Martha Stewart mini scoring board.

I adhered a white piece of paper to the inside to write my message.

Of course, it’s never fun to give a sympathy card, but unfortunately my co-worker lost her father last week. I hope this card brings her a little peace.