I used the Stampin’ Up! Artfully Aware stamp set and Dear Doily stamp set bundle to make a sympathy card to share with you today. This is one of the most difficult cards that I’ve ever had to make, I spent almost as much time crying as I did stamping as I created it. I lost a friend and fellow autism mom last weekend, she was only 37 years old and left behind two small children (one with autism). I’m so heartbroken for this family.
I started by stamping the sentiment from the Dear Doily stamp set in Early Espresso ink on a panel from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I adhered the stamped panel to a panel of Early Espresso card stock with SNAIL and then to a Sahara Sand card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I stamped the image from the Artfully Aware stamp set in Early Espresso ink on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock and then colored the image with Light and Dark Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs. I also added a little bit of color with the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Marker for the hair and the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker for the skin. I did a quick outline around the image with the Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends Marker and then the Color Lifter to give it a very light shadow. After coloring the image, I cut it out with a die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card front.
I inked the flower image from the Dear Doily stamp set with Pear Pizzazz ink and then used a Blender Pen to remove the green ink from the flowers. I colored the flowers in with a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker and then stamped the image on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock twice. I cut the images out with the coordinating Doily Builder Thinlits Die and adhered the flowers with Glue Dots and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added three of the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to the card front to finish it.
I stamped the sentiment from the Dear Doily stamp set in Early Espresso ink and then added the flower image in Pear Pizzazz and Flirty Flamingo inks (used the Blender Pen method described above) to a panel of Very Vanilla card stock to finish the inside of the card.
I’m not so awesome with words are rarely know the right thing to say…I will miss our chats at the park where our kids loved to play together. So sorry that I can’t give her one last hug goodbye. RIP my friend, we’ll keep an eye on your littles and watch them grow.
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Card stock cuts for this project:
- Sahara Sand – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base
- Early Espresso – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel
- Very Vanilla – Stitched Shapes Framelits die cut, two Doily Builder Thinlits die cuts, 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside card)
- Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel
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Oh, Amy! So sorry you had to do a card like this. However, it is beautiful, in the feeling and in the appearance. I teared up when I saw the photo, and hadn’t read a word. The meaning was there. So sad for everyone, and I am sorry you lost a friend.
Thanks Julie, it’s been a bit of a rough week. I’m glad that the card conveys the meaning that I wanted to to. 🙂
Your card is beautiful and a great tribute to her. So sorry you lost a friend, too. Sending hugs.
Thank you Sue!
Oh Amy. I am so sorry for YOUR loss. It is so difficult to lose a good friend. This card you’ve made for their family is wonderful – I hope making it brought to a little peace and comfort, too. 🙁
Amy, I can see the love in your coloring and the embellishments reflect your tears. Words cannot express our feelings especially when it’s a loss at a young age, leaving littles behind. I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend. I, too, have shed tears for you this morning. Your card is one of the most beautiful ones you have made.
Thank you Karen!
beautiful card Amy and I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend.
Thank you Sandi!
Losing someone you love is such a hard, painful thing. Your card is beautiful.
Thanks Sandra! 🙂
Oh Amy, I am so very sad for you and want you to know I am lifting you up in prayer as well as your friends family at this difficult time. As soon as I saw your post I was speechless with the beauty in your card and your emotions really carries through. 💔
Thank you Lynn. 🙂
Amy. I am so sorry for your loss! God must have a plan for her in heaven… Your card is amazing. Love the colors and placement. I am going to duplicate it for a friend at work that just lost her son to brain cancer. Thanks for sharing your story with us! Time will heal you I’m sure.
Thanks Terry, I am so glad to hear that you will be able to duplicate the design for a friend too. 🙂
What a beautiful tribute to your friend! My heart goes out to you. I hope for peace and understanding for you and your friend’s family.
Oh, Amy! I am so sorry for your loss. I know that the mothers I raised my kids with will always hold a special place in my heart and it must be more so for you. I confess I normally whip through blogs noting pictures and moving on. This card made me stop to read your story so what I guess I’m trying to say is that your message is really coming through in your card creation. The card IS exquisite!
Thank you Chris.
Amy, I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. This is a beautiful card and I’m sure her family will cherish it. Hugs. ❤️
Thanks Candy. 🙂
I gasped when I saw the card, before I started reading, and I had tears rolling down my cheeks before the second picture. I can see the love you put into it and feel your sadness. I’m sorry for your loss and for the family’s. It’s a beautiful card and I hope will bring them some comfort. Thanks for sharing your card and your pain. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you Susan…I’m crying again reading all of these sweet comments.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. Your card is a beautiful tribute. Prayers for all family and friends.
Thank you so much Cindy.
This card is beautiful Amy and I’m sure will bring some comfort to your friend’s family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will lift you and her family up in my prayers.
Thank you Vicky, I appreciate that.
What an amazing card for expressing words we cannot possibly find ourselves. I’m so sorrry for your loss. I will be praying for your family, her family, and the other lives she touched.
So sorry for your loss. It’s so sad to lose someone so young.
It definitely is, thanks Gerri.
Amy your card is beautiful and your love for your friend shows in it. I’m so sorry for your loss. Loosing a friend is very hard especially when she was so young and there are young ones involved
Thanks Karen…it’s definitely much harder when there are little ones.
This is a beautiful card. So sorry for your loss.
Sympathy cards are the hardest to make and even harder when it is someone we really have learned to care for. I can’t imagine how the children are feeling losing their mom at such young ages. You have created such a beautiful card to express what you are feeling, Amy. Sending Big Hugs to you~
Thanks Roberta…all of the hugs and thoughts have definitely helped today!
Lovely card but Im oh so sorry you had to make it. A difficult loss for sure. Thinking of you my friend…..
I am sorry for your loss also. The card is absolutely beautiful. I am sure making it was part of your healing. Also praying for you all. Too often things this side of heaven do not make sense.