A Simple Sympathy Card

We recently lost a family member in another country , who left behind a wife and 2 kids. I wanted to make sure that they knew love was being sent from across the miles, even though we couldn’t physically be there. I was inspired by Altenew’s With a Twist Class. The class taught me about using non standard colours on a card, for example using grey for leaves. I always try to use soothing colours on a Sympathy card and this is no exception. Altenew’s In the Mood for Color Class, she talked about how colours on a card can relate easily to the mood of the card and the recipient. Blue was for calming and tranquility which is the exact feeling I wanted to try to help them feel during such a difficult time. 

I started off using Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria stamp set. I stamped the flowers on a sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Jet Black. 

I used Tide Blue Ink for the colour layer of the flower stamp. It’s a very nice soothing shade of blue.

Then I used Silver Stone Ink for the center of the flower. I also stamped the little bud from the same stamp set using Jet Black Ink.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flower and bud.

Then on another sheet of white cardstock, I stamped several of the leaves from the same stamp set using Jet Black Ink.

I used Silver Stone and Industrial Diamond Inks to stamp the leaves. I wasn’t sure exactly which colour would work best, so I did some with each colour so I could play around with it. I went ahead and die cut the leaves once everything was stamped.


I grabbed Altenew’s – Build-A-Flower: Sakura Bloom stamp set and stamped the sympathy greeting in the lower right corner of a fresh panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.  Then I played around with the die cut flowers and leaves, until I found the right placement. I added some 3M foam tape to the back of each die cut and adhere it down to the panel. I adhered the panel to an A2 card base and this very simple card was complete!


Altenew Stamps:

– Build-A-Flower: Sakura Bloom

– Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Tide Blue

Silver Stone

-Industrial Diamond

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)


– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)