Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sympathy Card - Seashell theme

A dear friend of mine recently lost her mother and I wanted to make her a nice card. I was trying to find a good sentiment and found this one in the Hallmark Card software program that my friend Linda, aka LGuild, shared with me. I knew there had to be a nice cut on a cartridge of a seashell and I was able to find this one on Dreams Come True.

Supplies Used -
Disney Princess Dreams Come True
Stamp Up cardstock
Patterned Paper - various
1/2" circle punch
Signo Um 153 white gel pen
Cat Eye Inks
Microsoft Word
Perfect Layers

The card is an A6 size *okie always has a hard time remembering exactly what size that is* and I think that means it is 4.5" x 6.25". 

The sentiment reads "Seashells remind us that each passing life leaves something beautiful behind" and the inside says "May beauty live on in your memories and bring you peace".

I used Microsoft word to print the sentiment. For the front I cut close to the sentiment and then used Perfect Layers to get the mat shadow. I had a few scraps of the large mat from the front so I added a strip at the bottom of the card for the inside.

Since the theme was seashell and pearl I thought it was good to use a shimmery paper. I can't remember what the paper is, but it is some I got in a pack at Big Lots some time ago. I used Mica Stardream to punch out for the pearl and then just added a little highlight with the white gel pen.

I inked around the edges of the pink for some depth and plus, as you know, I can't NOT ink *okie still swears it is an addiction/disease at this point*. On the shell base I used the ink pad at an angle to get get the curved shadows to go up on the shell *okie re-reads that to see if that makes sense and decides it probably doesn't but isn't sure how to write it to make it more clear*.

I really like the simple elegance of this card. I find it hard to make sympathy cards because it's sometimes difficult to find a cut to go with a nice sentiment. I think this one just seemed to be perfect.


  1. I really like the way that turned out. The oyster with the pearl in it is perfect.

  2. Beautiful card, love the sentiment!

  3. Perfect sentiment and cut to go with it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful and helpful creation!!!

  4. Amysangels2 ~ Amy P.November 2, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Beautiful. Very touching. Love it.

  5. Love this card. The sentiment is just perfect. Smooches... Felicia