Cards- Sympathy

Well Suited Comfort & Hope

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #653.  This week we have a sketch.


I decided to use the Well Suited Designer Series Paper for my card.  Since the colors are chose are muted, I felt this would make a good sympathy card.  We hate to need these, but they are a fact of life.

CCMC #653 Forever Blossoms Card by Jo Anne Hewins

My card base is Thick Basic White measuring 4 1/4 x 11, score and fold at 5 1/2.  Place the fold at the left.

The paisley paper from the Well Suited DSP is so pretty.  I used it to cover the entire front of the card.  Cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I do think there is some directionality to this paper.  I made the paisleys go up and down.

Use the Stitched Rectangles for the panels.  There are 4 dies set by themselves.  Use the second largest of those.  Add with dimensionals.  Start with the far left.  Add the others using dimensionals and glue.  Add glue where the panels overlap and the paper is already elevated.

CCMC #653 Forever Blossoms Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the flower spray from the Forever Blossoms stamp set on Thick Basic White.  Stamp in Smoky Slate ink.  Color with the Petal Pink Combo and the Soft Sea Foam Combo of blends.  Cut out with the Cherry Blossoms dies.  Glue across the panels.

The saying is from the Comfort & Hope stamp set.  Stamp in Basic Gray ink.  Trim around and glue to the panels.  You might need a dimensional at the far right.

Add some of the Elegant Faceted Gems on the card front.

CCMC#653 Forever Blossoms Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, the saying is from Comfort & Hope in Basic Gray.  Add a strip of the designer paper 3/4 x 5 1/2.  Stamp the single flower and double leaf in Smokey Slate and color, cut out, and glue to the inside of the card on the paper strip.

CCMC#653 Forever Blossoms Card by Jo Anne Hewins

So there you go.  Thanks for your time today.  I am honored.

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Free Tutorial Tuesday Heal Your Heart

Tuesday has come around again and I have a free tutorial for you.  This card uses the Heal Your Heart stamp set.  It's available as a free choice with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  It has great sayings for the times we are in right now.

Tutorial Medley Heal Your Heart

It's a really elegant card.  Let me say here that I did not create this card, but it is lovely.  I'm happy to be able to share the details with you.

Heal Your Heart


Stamp Sets: Heal Your Heart (155291)

Cardstock: Smoky Slate (131202), Basic Gray (121044) Basic White (101910) Silver Foil (132178), Vellum (101856)

Ink: Smoky Slate (147113)

Tools & Accessories: Silver Metallic Edge ribbon (144213) Detailed Band dies (149549)

Basic Rhinestones (144220) Forever Flourishing dies (152714) Painted Texture embossing folder (154317)



Card Base: 5 ½’ x 8 ½”

Cardstock #2: 4” x 5 ¼”



Cut a 5 ½” x 8 ½” Smoky Slate card base. Fold in half.

Cut a 4” x 5 ¼” Shimmer White panel.

Stamp the sentiment diagonally onto the panel using Smoky Slate ink. Set aside.

Cut a band from Basic Gray cardstock.

Cut a 3” x 4” piece of Vellum.

Emboss the Vellum using the Painted Texture embossing folder.

Adhere the Vellum to the center of the stamped panel

Adhere the band to the center of the Vellum. Wrap the ends around the panel and secure.

Cut a 5” piece of Silver Metallic edge ribbon. Lay the ribbon across the panel and secure the ends on the backside.

Adhere the panel to the card front.

Cut (2) branches from Silver Foil paper. Adhere to the card front.

Stamp the sentiment onto Simmer White cardstock using Smoky Slate ink. Cut with the label die.

Adhere the sentiment to the center of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere a Rhinestone to the right side of the label.

Tie a small bow in the ribbon and adhere to the left side of the label using glue dots.

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Prized Peony Sympathy Card


It's a hard fact to face, but sometimes we need sympathy cards.  That's what I have for you today.  I'm using the Prized Peony stamp set.  It's an easy card today.  Let's face it making a sympathy card is not that fun.  You have to think of the comfort it might lend to those receiving it.  Of course this card can lend itself for any occasion just by changing the sentiment.

Prized Peony Sympathy Card by Jo Anne Hewins

The card base is Early Espresso that is 4 1/4 x 11, scored and folded at 5 1/2.

The next layer is Whisper White.  It is cut to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.

The next layer just makes the card.  You might be surprised to find out that this pattern is from the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper!  Cut the layer to 3 3/4 x 5.  Stamp the large peony on this layer in Early Espresso.  To be sure that your image is perfect, I suggest that you line up the stamp on the Stamparatus.  That way you can stamp again if needed.

Use Pool Party ink and a sponge dauber to add just a little extra color to the flower and flower bud.  Use Mint Macaron ink and a dauber to add a little color to the leaves.  This won't be perfect, but it isn't meant to be.

Prized Peony Sympathy Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Tie a length of the Pool Party Sheer Ribbon around the card and tie a bow.  I like to place a glue dot under the first tie.  It holds the ribbon in place so you can finish tying the bow.

The saying is from the Prized Peony stamp set.  Stamp in Early Espresso.  Cut out using the Ornate Frames dies.  Add to the card with dimensionals.

Add some of the Elegant Faceted Gems to complete the card.

Prized Peony Sympathy Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

The saying for the inside is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.  Stamp the flower again and adding just a little color as you did to the front.

Prized Peony Sympathy Project by Jo Anne Hewins

And there you go.  It's a lovely card.

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Comfort & Hope Meets Birds & More Dies

The background texture stamps of the Comfort & Hope stamp set are perfect to pair with the wood of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and the Birds & More dies.  Let me show you what I mean.  Let me also say that this card was influenced by Donna Gray.

Comfort and Hope Card by Jo Anne Hewins

The Comfort & Hope stamp set is timely for sure.  I think we all need comfort and we certainly need hope.  Yes, some day this will all be over!

The base of this card of Pretty Peacock cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The next layer is Whisper White measuring 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.  The In Good Taste layer is one of the lighter toned woods in the pack.  Cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  Before you adhere this layer, there is a lot to be done.

Stamp the grid stamp in three places, upper and lower left and one in the upper center.  Stamp the herringbone stamp over the lower grid.  These were stamped in Early Espresso.  There is another herringbone stamp in the lower right corner.  Stamp this off in Early Espresso and then at an angle in the corner.

Stamp the circular stamp just a little above center and a little to the left in Pretty Peacock ink.

Comfort and Hope Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

The long branch from the Birds & More dies is cut from Old Olive cardstock.  Glue this at an angle on the card front.  You might want to try the Adhesive Sheets with this die.  Adhering it would be so easy!

Use Linen Thread to wrap around this layer two times.  I started at the left and taped down one end on the back.  Wind around up to the right and back toward center and then to the lower right.  Tape and cut the twine.  Tie a bow to add later with a glue dot.

Cut two birds that are facing each other from Pretty Peacock cardstock.  Add to the card with dimensionals.  I did have to cut up dimensionals for these birds.  Add gold Metallic Pearls for the eyes of the birds.

Stamp the saying on a scrap of Whisper White.  Stamp in Pretty Peacock.  Cut around the words with snips.  Add with dimensionals.  Add the AND with glue.

Finish the card with a few of the sequin stamps in Pretty Peacock.  I colored mine in with a Light Pretty Peacock Blend.  I must say that I had second thoughts about coloring the sequins.  They looked better before I colored them, but after one group I was committed.  Just take a look at that if you make this card.

Comfort and Hope Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

Here is the inside of the card.  I stamped more of the herringbone and the grid stamps in Early Espresso.  Glue another bird cut from the Birds & More dies.  Again, you could use the Adhesive Sheets.

Stamp the saying from Comfort & Hope in Pretty Peacock.  I repeated the stamp again lower over the herringbone stamp with one stamped off.

Comfort and Hope Project by Jo Anne Hewins

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Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

I think this is the last card for my sympathy series.  It's always good to have a few on hand just in case.  We always wish we would never need them.  Here is my card using Rooted in Nature.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy by Jo Anne Hewins

I wanted to make a card that might look a little more masculine.  It wouldn't have to be.

Start with a card base of Crumb Cake that is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold at 4 1/4.  Stamp around the outside of the front with the leaves.  I used the large and small one.  Stamp in Crumb Cake.

Cut out a rectangle using the 3rd largest of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits in Soft Suede.  Stamp the leaves randomly over this layer.  

Wrap some of the Old Olive Linen Thread around the top of this layer and tape in the back.  Make a bow to add later.  Add the Soft Suede layer with dimensionals to the center of the card.

The sentiment is from the Dear Doily stamp set.  Use the Stamparatus to set this up so that you get a good clear image.  I did use Very Vanilla for this.  Cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the largest circle.  Add to the card.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Another Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the small saying on a 1/2 inch Very Vanilla.  This saying is from the Dear Doily set, too.

Stamp a large and a small leaf in Old Olive on the Very Vanilla.  Cut out with the Nature's Roots Framelits.  Go over these leaves with Wink of Stella and add to the card.  Go ahead and add the bow with a rolled up glue dot.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, stamp two more leaves.  This saying is from Rooted in Nature.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card Front by Jo Anne Hewins

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