Sunday, 5 August 2012

With Sympathy... H2H Challenges

It is always difficult to know what to write when someone you know suffers a loss. But sending a hand-made, heart-felt card conveys your compassion perfectly.  This is the challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges this week:
make a sympathy card.
I chose to go serious, although I have seen some great silly commiseration cards recently, at the Paper Wishes website.

This is a card sketch I have used before--love the window and the dimensional flower (see details below).  This time I added a scripture verse and some dandelion images to the front,

and "sympathy" on the inside.

 I promised in my last post to share how to make the "flower" (last time it appeared as a sand-dollar).

Circle-punch flower tutorial:

Punch out five or six circles using a craft punch. I used a 1" punch here, but the CTMH 1-1/4" punch works as well--just results in a larger flower.  Both sides of your paper will be visible, so using a double-sided paper ensures a beautiful result.  Cut out an extra circle in a contrasting colour.

Create a template to help with folding the petals, by trimming the contrasting circle into the shape shown below. You will cut off a similar amount on both sides of the circle, forming a point on one side.

Fold one side of the DP circle over the cut edge of the template; score.

Fold the second side of the DP circle over the template, score. Remove the template and fold your remaining petals in the same manner.

Arrange the finished petals into a flower-shape and glue to your project. You can create a five-or six-petal flower (or even more) depending on how "fat" you make your template. Some space between the petals looks okay, too.

Have fun with the double-sided paper; you could make a flower using the reverse side of the paper on the same project.
You can add a centre to the flower, using brads, gems, glitz, buttons, etc or choose to leave it un-adorned.

Happy crafting,

CTMH Supplies:
Circle Punch:  Z1311
Piercing Tools Kit:  Z1114
Corner Rounder:  Z578
Make it Count stamp set: D1257 (discontinued)
Dreamin' WOTG: stamp set and DP paper X7142B (discontinued)
Kraft paper:  Z1375
Colonial White card-stock: 1388
Paradise Collection Twine:  Z1702 Sunset
Metal Assortment:  Z1366 copper brad
Chocolate:  Z2111 and Saddle:  Z2171 inks.

Other Supplies:
Paper Smooches: "Good Gab" sentiment stamp set.

All supplies indicated available for purchase using the "Shop with me" CTMH link at the bottom of this post.


  1. What a great card! I love the hand stitching with the Baker's Twine. I am with you that it is hard to know what words to use on a sympathy card, but I really like what you picked. It is lovely.

  2. Very pretty! (I almost used that same verse - good for a sympathy card). Thanks for getting this week's post ready!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial on the flower, I love it! I can't wait to try it out myself :)

  4. Gorgeous flower & twine stitching Caroline :)


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