May Your Heart Find the Peace it Needs

When I need to make an impactful card and don’t have a lot of time to create it, I often start with a Designer Series Paper I love and go from there. Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, and sometimes simplicity is the best. That’s why I reached for Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper and a gorgeous sentiment to make this card for someone in pain. Here’s my card:

Here's a Card, Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy card

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  • Two New. Three panels on this card are simple patterns of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper – how easy is that?! The background panel is a faux-texture of Petal Pink (the same pattern is repeated with the sentiment), and the top layer features hand-painted impressionistic imagery. So gorgeous! Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper:Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalog, 149100The sentiment on this card says everything you want to say when a loved one is going through a tough time – “May your heart find the peace it needs.” What a beautiful wish. Here’s a closer look:Here's a Card, Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, sympathy cardThis gorgeous sentiment is from the new Here’s a Card stamp set, a set that’s filled with amazing, versatile sentiments for all occasions. Here’s a look:Here's a Card, Stampin' Up! 149438
  • Simple Layers. Simple layers are always a sure-thing for a perfect card. A card can take on a brand new look with a different set of papers or with different color layers. Here are the layer measurements for this sweet-and-simple, but still-so-elegant card (starting with the base and working my way toward the top layer):
    • Smoky Slate – 4-1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5-1/2″)
    • Thick Whisper White – 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Thick Whisper White – 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″
    • Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper – 3″ x 4-1/4″
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Vellum Cardstock – 2-1/4″ Circle punch
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    • Thick Whisper White – Layering Circles Dies
    • Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper – 1-1/2″ Circle punch
  • Sweet Color Combination. There are so many gorgeous colors in the background of this watercolored paper, but I focused on the Petal Pink flowers that take center stage on this top piece of paper and the textured background on the larger panel. I paired the papers with Whisper White and Smoky Slate. If you like this combination of Whisper White, Petal Pink and Smoky Slate, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Whisper White, Petal Pink, Smoky Slate

Stamp Sets: Here’s a Card  Papers: Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink  Accessories: 2-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Layering Circle Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Brian, this card will most definitely bring peace and comfort to the recipient the moment the envelope is open, what an amazing sentiment surrounded by this gorgeous paper, the soft colors and the heartfelt words are soothing and truly beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Your card my friend is PERFECT!!!

  3. What a beauty tidal, peaceful card. It will definitely bring peace to the recipient.

  4. Soft, simple and artistic sympathy card. The perfect paper and touch of vellum.

  5. So soft and pretty . Love this dsp and you chose great colors from it .
    A card you could send to the city of El Paso !!

  6. We all need this card today. So beautiful and serene in a sea of chaos.

  7. A comforting embrace just when we need the support. Thank you for showcasing this beautiful DSP and for using a sentiment stamp I had overlooked.

  8. Such a lovely card with a beautiful sentiment. I love the soft, subdued colors.

  9. Love this beautiful card with that color combination and the perfect sentiment. This set is on my list. Thanks for all the details. Have a wonderful day!

  10. I don’t usually make sympathy cards because I don’t have the words I want to console the heart of those left behind. I completely overlooked this set and will go back and look at it again. This card couldn’t have been more perfect. Wonderful sentiment, beautiful colors and amazing layers. Great job, as always, Brian.

  11. So beautiful. this is why I love this paper…you can just place a sentiment on it and that is all it needs!

  12. Love this card. Thanks for sharing

  13. Beautifully done!

  14. What a beautiful sentiment! Classy card. Thanks Brian!

  15. LOVE your card Brian. Definitely soft colors and love the DSP. Perfect sentiment too (I totally missed that one!). Love how your layers really add dimension to your cards. Beautiful card!

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