Why is it a handmade sympathy card is sometimes so difficult to create? We want to send our thoughts to a cherished friend or loved one, but we doubt the card we make is good enough.

I think making a sympathy card with your own two hands and loving thoughts always produces the perfect design.

But if you’d like a couple tips, take a look at this pared down and clean and classy card.

Handmade Sympathy Card
Beautiful sympathy card made with vellum cardstock

I haven’t played as much as I would have liked to with the In Color Shimmery Vellum paper. That’s the Soft Succulent you see above as well as the plain vellum cardstock for the leaf. Together they create a gorgeous card to send your warm wishes.

I think we sometimes shy away from using vellum because we think it’s too hard to work with, or we just don’t know what to do with it.

I have to say I love it! In fact I have a whole online class called Kick Up Your Cards with Vellum where I teach you all kinds of ways to use it for wonderful cards. Get more info about it by clicking here.

On this card I’ve used the Stitched Greenery Die to create a pattern on the shimmer green vellum cardstock. This other card was also a hit with the bright Polished Pink with some heat embossing.

Elements of a Handmade Sympathy Card

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re designing a card to express your condolences.

  • Simpler is always going to be better.
  • Think classic and calming colours like blues, greens and greys, light pinks and yellows to convey gentleness and peace.
  • Pick stamps with less fussy lettering.
  • Add minimal embellishments and keep them understated.
Handmade Sympathy Card
How to send positive thoughts and well wishes in a sympathy card

Less really is more when it comes to hand crafting a sympathy card. And your friends or family will appreciate the time you spent thinking of them as you were creating it.

If You’d Like to Create One Like This…

A simple click here allows you to pin, print or order using the same supplies I did. Thank you for taking the time to order or create along with me.

Be sure to also complete your good wishes with an envelope to match. All it needs is the flap decorated with the Stitched Greenery Die too.

Handmade Sympathy Card
Match the envelope to the shimmer vellum for a coordinated look

I hope you give this handmade sympathy card a try – you will enjoy the sense of creativity and the warm thoughts you will generate as you remember your friend or family member.

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