Strength & Hope


Hi everyone!

Sympathy cards can be so difficult to make.  My approach is to keep things simple and let the sentiment do the work.  My card today is a great example – and I’m hoping this approach – and the technique I used – will work for you, too.

To make this card:

  1. Die cut a panel of white watercolor cardstock using a die with a bit of interest around the edge – I used the inside dies from the Postage Edge rectangles set for mine.
  2. Put the die cut panel in you MISTI, or other stamp positioner, and arrange your image where you would like it on your panel.
  3. Use your watercolor markers (I used Tombow markers – colors are listed below) to color directly onto the stamp.
  4. Lightly spritz the stamp with water and close the lid on your MISTI to press the stamp onto the watercolor panel.  If you spritz too much the image will have a more dreamy watercolor effect.  If you spritz very little it will have more defined lines.  You may need to experiment with your misting bottle to what the best approach is for you and which look you like the best.
  5. Let the panel dry completely.
  6. Once dry, scribble a pale blue marker onto a glass or other non-porous surface and add a bit of water.  Use a watercolor brush or a paintbrush to pick up the color and go around your stamped image.  Do not go over the lines of the image or the colors on the image will spread. 
  7. Let the panel dry completely.
  8. Stamp your sentiment on the panel.
  9. Mask off the sentiment (I just layed a torn piece of paper towel over it to protect it) and splatter the panel with some of the colors in your image (use the scribble method in step 6 to get the same colors as your markers).  
  10. Layer your panel, using foam tape, on a piece of trimmed cardstock that coordinates with the colors you chose in your image.
  11. Adhere the entire panel to a card front using liquid glue or tape runner.
  12. Wrap a piece of white cord around the card front and tie it into a bow for some added interest.
  13. Add a few gems for some subtle sparkle. 

I absolutely love the soft simplicity of this card and the heartfelt sentiment, but I’m hoping I won’t need to use it for a long, long time!

I hope  this card inspired you and that you have a wonderfully creative day!



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1 Comment

  1. Mary-Anne V.

    Beautiful sympathy card. I agree with you these are very difficult to make. I never know what colours to use.


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I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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