In general, I love making cards. They come together quickly, I can use up scraps, and I feel no pressure to create something that is archival or will be looked at by future generations. I happily make dozens of birthday, thank you, and congratulations cards each year. In fact, I make so many that I frequently give away card sets as gifts.
Sympathy cards are another story. I don't like making them at all. I struggle with what to do, wondering what could possibly be comforting to the recipient. I never make them in advance (because I don't like to make them), which makes it even worse when I actually need a card and have no time to do it. I haven't bought a birthday or thank you card in years, but 9 times out of 10 I send a purchased sympathy card.
A few months ago, three of my friends lost their mothers the same week. I quickly made and sent sympathy cards. One of them contacted me to ask how I made the card. I decided to wait until life settled down a bit and then do a tutorial for the blog.
Well, life never really settles down, does it? I finally decided to simply make the time. Here's the finished card:
Step 1: Cut a white rectangle slightly smaller than your card base. Stamp three butterflies. If your images don't come out perfectly (like in my example below), it's fine. They'll be covered.
Step 2: Stamp the same butterflies on a separate piece of cardstock and cut them out. This time the images should be nice, as these are the ones that will show.
Step 3: Fold each of the cut butterflies along the center.
Step 4: Mat your white cardstock with black and attach to your card base. Then adhere your butterflies to the top.
Unfortunately, almost immediately after finishing and photographing this card, I learned that a friend's dad had passed away. The card went into the mail right away.