Do you struggle with making sympathy cards? You are not alone!
I recently purchased a Mystery Paper & Accessory Grab Bag from Hero Arts. A beautiful sympathy stamp was included, along with many other products. I always struggle with sympathy cards. I think about how paper, stamps, and words will never fill the void that has been left in the recipient’s life. I generally end up buying a card, or not sending one at all.
Having lost loved ones myself, I know that the loss is made a little easier thinking about all of the love and happy times we shared. I decided I need to focus on what I would like to receive during a time of loss. After pondering this, I thought what better way to celebrate someone’s life than to send a colorful sympathy card?
So I used the sympathy stamp I received from Hero Arts, and made a beautiful, colorful sympathy card. Check out my video tutorial below to see what else I received in my Mystery Bag, and to learn how to make a card that celebrates life!
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Materials Used for Colorful Sympathy Card
- Hero Arts Mystery Paper & Accessory Grab Bag. Note that you may receive a completely different set of items from what I received. I do think the grab bag is a worthwhile purchase, even if you receive different items. Unfortunately, the calla lily stamp and die is not separately available for purchase. I did, however, find a set at Simon Says Stamp called Bouquet of Thanks that also would work well for this style of card.
- Hero Arts Arctic Card Stock. I used this color for the background panel. A sheet was included in the Mystery Bag.
- Hero Arts Underwater Embossing Powder. This color was included in the Mystery Bag. This color is not separately available for sale, but a similar option is Sparkling Sea embossing powder.
- Hero Arts Ink. I used two cubes that were included in the Mystery Bag — Pool Party and Splash. They are both available as part of the Sea Palette cube set.
- Cardstock. You can use any weight, brand or color of cardstock. I used Neenah 110lb Classic Crest cardstock.
- Dot Runner, Gina K Connect Glue, or a similar adhesive.
- Embossing Ink. I used clear Versamark Embossing Ink.
- Embossing Powder. I used Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder.
- Wagner Heat Gun
- Foam Sheets, Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Squares or something similar. I used foam sheet to pop up the top layer and the calla lily flower.
- Trinity Stamps Bubble Blowout embellishments.