Brian’s Best – Sympathy & Support

Sympathy cards are some of the hardest cards to make (especially when you have the loss of a loved one in mind) – a need for sympathy card can make for an impassioned card-making session. We strive to make sure everything about a sympathy card is perfect – the colors, the images, the sentiment and the message we inscribe inside. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite sympathy cards from the past year, along with some of Stampin’ Up!’s best products to make sure you have everything you need to make a lovely sympathy project for your loved friends and family.

Sympathy Inspiration

Let’s start with some of my favorite sympathy cards from the past year – I’ve chosen 10. Some of the products used in these cards has been retired (it can no longer be ordered from Stampin’ Up!). The inspiration is still there. You can click on any of these photos to see the original post for each.

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri141

Beautiful Promenade Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Rooted in Nature, Artistically Asian, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Make a Difference, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS270, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, CTS270

You've Got This, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

Definitely Dahlia, Lovely Inside & Out, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy card, CTS265

Heartfelt Blooms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy card

Remarkable You, Window Shopping, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS309

Always & Forever, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP108

Ribbon of Courage, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Blends, Stamin' Up!, Brian King

Shop by Occasion

Did you know that Stampin’ Up!’s online store gives you the opportunity to shop by occasions?

Shop by Occasion

CLICK HERE to see all of the options.

CLICK HERE to see all of the products that are perfect to show Love, Thanks & Support.

Great Sympathy Products

There are so many beautiful ways to show love and sympathy. Here are some of my products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog that help us get there:

Tips for Making Sympathy Cards

In a recent post about sympathy cards, I shared some tips for getting through these sometimes-difficult-to-make cards. You reacted beautifully to it, so I’m sharing it again. Here’s what I said:

Sympathy cards are often the hardest cards to make for two reasons – (1) we are often filled with emotion and loss when making these cards in the moment and (2) it’s always difficult to find the right words to offer our condolences to those who’ve lost someone. Two suggestions for making this easier – make your cards early (have a stash of gorgeous sympathy cards on hand at all times) and rely on Stampin’ Up! for the words you want to say.

I hope this post inspires you to create beautiful things to show support for the people you love. Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Brian, all of us experience difficulty making Sympathy cards and your idea of having a good stash of these on hand is right on the money.
    The samples you share today are just so beautiful, with comforting messages that surely will let the receiver know how much you care.
    Thank you for sharing them with us.

  2. You’re right, Brian, we all need sympathy cards from time to time and having some ready makes it easy to get one in the mail quickly. Your previous beautiful cards are great designs to CASE. Thanks for giving me the nudge to make some. Have a great day!

    • I hope I’ve inspired you to create some cards, HJ! We can plan for birthday cards and anniversary cards, but expressions of sympathy and support rarely come with a warning. <3

  3. Nice sympathy retrospective. Isn’t it good that sympathy cards don’t have to be Palin and somber.

  4. These are all beautiful and I agree it’s best to have a stack on hand. Happy Friday!

  5. Very resourceful post and lots of great sympathy samples!

  6. Beautiful cards, Brian! Hope you have most of your stack still on hand and didn’t have to use them all!

  7. Thank you Brian, I keep telling myself to keep a stack on hand, but never seem to get to it. This is big-time encouragement.

  8. Thanks for this posting Brian. Right on all counts.

  9. What an enormous range of designs you have shown us with the wide spectrum of SU products. Such beautiful cards. Thanks for the nudge to keep a variety of cards and styles on hand. Great advice.

    • Thanks so much, Linda! I love that sympathy cards can be beautiful, elegant or somber – like any other card, we can make a variety of cards that will be a beautiful fit for a friend or family member.

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