Simple Sympathy

Sometimes “simple” can work really well. I often worry that something “too simple” will be dull, but I can sometimes surprise myself. Today I’m sharing a note card I made with participants at a workshop this past weekend. Since the gathering included stampers of all levels (including those who’d never stamped before), I made sure to include this quick-and-easy-and-beautiful card. Here’s my card:

Timeless Tropical, Peaceful Moments, Stampin Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Build a Circle. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the stamping book – but it’s effective, beautiful and always fun to try. I started by cutting a piece of cardstock the size of my card base and punched a big circle with my 2-1/4″ Circle Punch. I placed the template over the card base, holding it tightly, and sponged Pool Party into the circle, moving in circular motions. You can apply multiple layers of color, but you don’t have to overdo it. As you can see from the picture above, I left a little touch of white in the center of the circle (it adds artistic effect). I used the same technique for this card from two years ago (you can click on the picture to see my original post):Remarkable You, Butterfly Basics, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS209
  • Timeless Tropical. After you have created the perfect circle on the card base, the palm trees from Timeless Tropical are a perfect accent. They can be as appropriate for a sympathy card as a congratulations card – it all depends on the sentiment you pair with the image. I love these palm trees, though, because they add height to the circle and create a beautiful silhouette. Here’s a look at the Timeless Tropical Bundle which includes the Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating In the Tropics Dies: Timeless Tropical Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153811I used the coordinating In the Tropics Dies on the project I shared with you yesterday – if you missed it (or just want to see it again), you can see it here.
  • Peaceful Moments. How gorgeous is the sentiment on this card? Not only does it say exactly what you want to say when someone needs you love and support, but it’s a beautiful font that seamlessly pairs printed and scripted words. I love that! Here’s a look at the Peaceful Moments Bundle that includes the Peaceful Moments stamp set and coordinating Poppy Moments Dies: Peaceful Moments Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153824

Stamp Sets: Timeless Tropical, Peaceful Moments  Papers: Note Card and Envelopes  Inks:  Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: 2-1/4″ Circle Punch, Stamping Sponges

Want to see something totally adorable? Here’s a picture of Penny, one the attendees at this weekend’s workshop. She’s showing you her version of the card I made today and yesterday. πŸ™‚ Don’t you love her Flirty Flamingo vest (and that wonderful smile)?


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  1. Love the simple, circle background and the black palm trees!

  2. Great card for the occasion. Great tip on getting a beautiful circle as the focal point. Enjoy your day!

  3. I am a total fan of simple! This is lovely!

  4. Love the note card..great reminder of how simple can look sooooo good!

  5. I had forgotten the hole in the center technique . THNX ! I love these Palm trees and never would have thought of using them in a sympathy card !
    You just rock with creativity !! BTW …love PRETTY PENNY IN PINK !!

  6. Absolutely one of the best examples of “less is more” that I have ever seen. Thanks Brian for teaching me something every day.

  7. What a great single layer card! Penny’s smile is precious and the flirty flamingo vest is so bright and cheery. I’m always naming things with Stampin’ Up! colors too…too funny!

    • πŸ™‚ Thanks, Dawn! It was so fun to meet some new people at the event this past weekend. They were all happy – but Penny was particularly fun. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks in Stampin’ Up! colors.

  8. I f I were a Penny I’d be totally proud also, her two cards are nicely done!
    Brian this simple card is beautiful.

  9. Simple design is hard to do well. But you nailed it! This card is stunning in it’s simplicity!

  10. I agree that simple can be elegant but it needs that BK touch to be effective. Truly. Not everyone can design as you can. Thanks for teaching us every time you post.

  11. Just taken by the simple elegance of your card – no layers just ink! Well done my friend!

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