On Friday, I posted a beautiful sympathy card for the current FabFriday sketch challenge – you can see that card here. As I discussed in the post, you can never plan for when you’ll need a card to show your sympathy for someone’s loss. It’s such a tough time for all involved, so I recommended making sympathy cards ahead of time. Today I’m sharing another idea that’s closely connected – make batches of thank you cards that you can give as a gift to someone who is grieving. Friends and family have a wonderful way of showing support in times of loss – they show up with food, flowers and donations. You can be the friend who shows up with lovely, handmade cards that they can send to those who’ve supported them.
With this in mind, I made this card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Kindness & Compassion. You know how much I love a good sentiment stamp set, right? I might have passed over the Kindness & Compassion stamp set (I have some great sets with sympathy sentiments already), but the gorgeous fonts pulled me in. Once I read the sentiments, I realized there was something there that we don’t have anywhere else – a thank you response to sympathy shown. We have sets that offer condolences, but this set both offers condolences and [uniquely] expresses gratitude for condolences shown. Here’s a look at the gorgeous sentiments in the Kindness & Compassion stamp set:
- Lovely as a Tree. The longest running stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s current catalog is Lovely as a Tree – it debuted in 2001. It’s as popular today as it was seventeen years ago. The images of the trees tend to take center stage on most projects (especially during Autumn), but I think this collection of oak leaves and acorn is pretty spectacular. Here’s a look at the Lovely as a Tree stamp set: Did you know that Lovely as a Tree has its roots (see what I did there?) in a poem that was first published in 1913? That’s when “Trees” was first published from author Joyce Kilmer. Here’s a look a that poem:
- Markers, Papers and Colors. There are three colors that really shine in this card. The Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper panel combines shades of Soft Sea Foam and Mint Macaron – such a soft, sweet panel of paper. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper (which is part of July’s “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” Designer Series Paper Sale): I colored the oak leaves with NEW Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends and the acorn with NEW Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. The cardstock panels on either side of the focal panel reinforces these colors. If you like this warm combination of Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Soft Suede, please save this:
Stamp Sets: Kindness & Compassion, Lovely as a Tree Papers: Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Soft Sea Foam, Thick Whisper White Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin’ Blends (Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede) Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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