It's become a fact of life that I'm in need of sympathy cards more often than I wish. They can be the most challenging of cards to make because I want them to convey a sense of peace and compassion. In general, I try to keep them very clean and simple, with just one or two contrasting colors.
This card is white with silver and gold accents. Somewhere in blogland I saw someone use the "Brushed Off" stamps by Papertrey Ink with the "Leaf Silhouette" die. The sentiment is Papertrey's "Botanical Silhouette" set. Simple, but elegant.
The silver paper has a matte surface and is from Paper Source.
This card is a bit brighter, but still clean and simple.
The two greens are much closer in color than they appear in the photo. The "Prim Poppy" die from Memory Box was die cut from the same textured white paper as the card base. The "prayers" die and stamped sentiment are from Simon Says, "Prayers" set. It's a small set but includes many appropriate sentiments for sympathy or thinking of you cards. The patterned paper is from My Favorite Things. I'm entering this card in this week's Less is More Challenge: Stripes.
The last card was created for a friend from our church. I try not to use any religious quotations unless I know the recipient's religious affiliation. I love this one, though, and was glad to be able to use it. This is the quietest of the three---just white cardstock with a layer of striped vellum behind the main sentiment. I die cut two different sizes of Spellbinder's Labels Two, one for the sentiment from Reverse Confetti's "The Lord's Strength" set.
The card base was scored on the scoreboard every half inch. It's one of my favorite ways to add some subtle texture.
Hope your weekend is off to a good start. I'm hoping to get some serious crafting done. I borrowed some stamps from a friend, and need to set aside some time to play with them.