Recently my husband Chris sadly lost a dear uncle of his. Chris headed back to our home town Port Lincoln for the funeral and to pay his respects and he asked me to make a really nice sympathy card to give to his Aunty and it got me thinking; what are my thoughts on hand making sympathy cards.
A lot of people aren’t sure about making sympathy cards. Who inspires them? The person that has passed or the person they’re going to?
Here are my tips (and my thoughts – everyone is different):
- When making a sympathy card I like to make it in honour and in a reflection of the person who has passed.
- I don’t make sympathy cards in advance and it’s not anything to do with superstition. I like to use the card creation time to reflect on the life and beauty of the person we’ve lost. Some people do make a batch of sympathy cards in advance, to have on hand if the need requires, it’s just not what I do. Everyone is different and this is so personal. Plus I’m not that organised. 😉
- Sympathy cards should be more formal than when what you might give for a birthday for someone of the same age or gender. Think dignified and polished.
- Keep the card age and gender appropriate to the person who has passed away.
- Keep sympathy cards simple in design.
- For adult masculine cards, patterns are refined.
- For feminine cards very subtle watercolours or florals are peaceful.
- For children – I can hardly even stand to think about it but I would use a lot of white and touches of subtle colours with images reflecting their age or personality.
6. The MOST important rule. There really are no hard and fast rules with love and sympathy. If the person who’s past has a bold personality for instance, then, by all means, let that shine through.
In my card today I’ve used one of my FAVOURITE ribbons from the Stampin’ Up! range, Black Simmer Ribbon. It actually comes in 3 other colours and you NEED this ribbon. Oh, my it comes in Crumb Cake people!! My favourite colour. This black might just be my second favourite colour however in this ribbon.
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Give the ones you love a big hug, my friends. Tell them you love them.
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