I always hope that something small, like a sympathy card, can help bring comfort to people that I care about in sad times. I had the opportunity to make a sympathy card for a good friend of mine, and I wanted to show you just how I did it. If you are looking for handmade sympathy card ideas yourself, this “May You Find Strength” card can be a great way to create a beautiful greeting card with a sympathy quote.
Materials Not Pictured Above:
- Color Printer
- Black Textured Cardstock
- Ink Dauber
Cricut Images Used:
- Find the Strength Sympathy Card (Kori Clark – Get Well Soon Cartridge)
May You Find Strength Sympathy Card Walkthrough:
To begin this sympathy card idea, open the Cricut Design Space and follow the instructions to print and cut the sympathy quote that is prominently featured on the card. Did you know you can use your Cricut machine on printed images? If not, here are a few tips to consider when using the Cricut Design Space to print an image and cut it out.
There will be a thick black line around the image which helps the Cricut machine align properly to the image. You cannot remove it. A light sensor on the bottom of your Cricut machine’s cutting tool will line up with the thick black line indicated exactly where the machine should be cutting. The machine will tell you if the black lines don’t get captured by the sensor. If that happens, just move your cardstock a little to the right or left as needed.
There’s also an “Add Bleed” setting that creates a thick bleed line around the image you are cutting. This setting doesn’t add any value in my eyes, and I recommend turning it off. Other than that, just play around with it, and have fun with this functionality.
Tip: To learn more Cricut tips and tricks read this Mastering Your Cricut Machine article.
Once you’re done printing and cutting your Cricut image, cut and score the card base to make a side opening A2 (4.25×5.5) sized greeting card. I used a slate gray cardstock to make my own card base. After that, cut two strips of cardstock to accent your sympathy quote. The first strip should be a quarter inch in width. I wanted to offset some of the grey and blues, so chose to use textured black cardstock for this strip.
The second strip should be a half inch wide. I wanted this strip to be as close to the blues on the sentiment that I could find, so I decided to cut a half inch wide strip of Neenah Super Smooth Solar White cardstock, and use an ink dauber and two shades of Hero Arts Layering Ink to give it a dark to light ombre look. The first color I used was Deep Ocean, and the second color was Summer Sky. Both inks were from the Hero Arts Tropical Waters Layering Ink set.
Place both colored strips onto your card base slightly off-centered, a little more than a quarter inch apart from each other. use Scrapbook Adhesives Mounting Squares or Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to keep them in place. Once dry, use 3D foam tape to adhere the sentiment. You may also add some Nuvo Drops or Rhinestones to your design to add some extra embellishment.
Lastly, you may add a white interior insert in your card if you’d like to. I typically will make them 3.75′ x 5′ inches in width.
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