When I first started stamping, I decided that I wouldn’t make Sympathy cards. It just seemed sort of a borderline-showy thing to do at a time when all of the emphasis should be on the bereaved. But I came to change my mind . . .
. . . it happened when a member of my church died – a gentleman who was dearly loved by all of us.
I found that making a card was the most natural thing for me to be doing: there was nothing I could do to change the unhappy circumstances, but what I could do was show his wife how much I cared by putting my heart and my hands to this creative task. Her reaction revealed that I had made the right decision and it turned out to be good for both of us.
My policy is to never sign the back of my Sympathy cards and I keep the design quite simple. When the losses are closer and more personal, it’s always a little surprising to realize how much I am comforted in the doing of this.
Cardstock: Bazzill Leapfrog, Pear; Beckett Candlelight, Generic Dull Gold
Stamps: Stampin’ Up sentiment
Inks: ColorBox Black, Encore Honeydew, Pilot Gold Marker
Emb Powder: B’Muse Ebony
Emb Folder: Crafts-Too Leafy Tree
Punches: Family Treasures Scalloped Ovals, Fiskars Interlaced Corner Adorner