By Debbie Mageed, Artistically Asian, Paisleys & Posies, Flourishing Phrases, Sympathy, Autumn, Stampin Up


Paisleys & Posies Sympathy Card

This is the kind of card that I find the absolutely hardest to make. It’s a sympathy card for the grieving parents of a newborn who only lived 13 hours. The parents are related to my husband and we are their only family in Michigan. I could go on and on about how incredibly sad this has been for them but I am sure you don’t need me to give you all of the details to see how difficult this card was to make. I was there in the hospital room when this sweet little baby boy made the gentlest of transitions to the “other side” and I have cried more than I thought was possible for him. His mother will surely be rewarded for her incredible patience and courage. She has such a deep faith that I know will see her through the difficult days and weeks ahead.

I wanted to make a card for the family but didn’t feel making a baby sympathy card was the way to go. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong sympathy card but I couldn’t bring myself to make her a baby card that said I was sorry for her loss. What kind of a card would you make in this situation? I would really like to hear your experience in this area. I have never had to make a sympathy card for this situation so your advice is greatly appreciated.

Card Instructions

This card started out choosing the beautiful Petals & Paisleys  specialty designer series paper. After cutting and adhering down those layers, the sentiment was inked and cut with the layering oval framelits. A small piece of burlap ribbon was taped down then the sentiment was layered on top. The leaf was cut out, then the square was cut out with the 1 3/8″ square punch and the scalloped square framelit was cut to layer underneath. I decided that there needed to be just a little more embellishing so I stamped the little leaf and cut it out with the coordinating framelit, adhering it on the sentiment. Then the retired wooden elements from last year’s Into the Woods suite were colored with the gold Wink of Stella and adhered down.

SUO Challenges has a great challenge right now to showcase designer series paper from the Holiday Catalog! I will artistically-asian-paisleys-posies-flourishing-phrases-sympathy-autumn-stampin-up-insidebe submitting this card. Why don’t you take a look at the wonderful designers’ cards and then play along with me!!


It’s All in the Paisley & Posies Details

  • Stamp Sets: Artistically Asian, Paisleys & Posies, Flourishing Phrases
  • Paper: Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP, Soft Suede, Mint Macaron
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron
  • Cool Tools: Paisley Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, 1 3/8″ Square Punch
  • Finishing Touch: White Perfect Accents, Into the Woods Elements, Gold Wink of Stella


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