Sympathy cards are perhaps some of the most difficult to make. However, these cards, especially when they’re handmade, mean so much to those who receive them. The images and sentiments in Stampin’ Up!’s Ginkgo Branch Bundle offer just the right elements to craft heartfelt sympathy and thinking of you cards. Find this bundle on page 57 of Stampin’ Up!’s January-April 2023 Mini Catalog. Purchase the Ginkgo Branch stamp set and coordinating Ginkgo Branch Dies as a bundle and save 10 percent.
Ginkgo Branch Card Samples
In today’s post, I share a variety of card samples using this bundle. I appreciate the large stamped image as well as the die cuts to make something quickly. Be sure to watch the YouTube video below (a Facebook live replay), to see a variety of card samples and ideas using this bundle. (Hint: Keep watching to see some cards that bring in different patterned papers and sentiments from other sets.)
I can’t decide which color I like best: Smoky Slate and Night of Navy? Soft Suede and Very Vanilla? Night of Navy and Very Vanilla?
For all three sympathy cards, I used one of the embossing folders offered in Stampin’ Up!’s new Online Exclusives: Basics 3D Embossing Folders. Available for $30, the three-pack includes a flower design, hobnail-glass dots, and crosshatch design. The Online Exclusives include brand-new paper crafting products available only online. You won’t find them in any catalog. Stampin’ Up! plans to release new Online Exclusive Products every four months. Click here to explore the offerings.
Gingko Branch Sympathy How-To Video
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Lost your crafting mojo? Stuck for card-making ideas? Need inspiration? Look no further than Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs. Each publication contains a host of card samples featuring its many paper crafting products. From quick and easy projects, to stepped-up versions, there’s something for each level of crafter. From beginner to advanced, Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog, January-June 2022 Mini Catalog, and SaleABration brochure provide a great resource.
That’s how I created today’s card. I found it on page 60 of the spring mini catalog. It uses the Blessings of Home Bundle: Blessings of Home stamp set and Flowers of Home Dies. Purchase these as a bundle and save 10 percent.
In the crafting world, it’s called CASEing a card – copy and share everything. It’s acceptable and encouraged to use samples for inspiration and then put your personal touch on it. (But be sure to give credit where credit is due.)
Blessings of Home Sympathy
This card uses:
Pale Papaya card stock and ink
A piece of the Heart & Home Designer Series Paper measuring 3 /14 inch x 4 1/2
Vellum card stock measuring 3 1/4 inch x 4 1/2
Misty Moonlight Doily from the Heart & Home Doilies
Denim Ribbon (trim just the edge from a 10-inch piece)
Classic Matte Dots
Sentiment from SaleABration’s Special Moments stamp set (free with a $100 purchase before tax and shipping)
See a host of other card samples (including a free tutorial) using this bundle on this blog post.
Here’s another post with a video showing another Blessings of Home handmade greeting card.
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Stampin’ Up!’s Peaceful Moments stamp set is perfect for all occasions. This ten-piece set includes sentiments for everything from sympathy, to birthday, to thank you, to congratulations, and friendship.
I know we don’t like to make sympathy cards, but it’s an important card to have on hand, and more importantly, to send.
Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Moments Sympathy
It’s a Mega Suite
When combined with Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Poppies stamp set, your creative choices increase. These two stamp sets and their coordinating dies are part of a mega suite of products that provide the ingredients to create a variety of beautiful cards and git packaging.
The Peaceful Moments stamp set pairs with the Poppy Moments Dies, and the Painted Poppies stamp set coordinates with the Painted Labels Dies. When you purchase the stamp set with its coordinating die, you receive a 10 percent discount on the bundle. They can be found on pages 24-27 in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.
But the coordination doesn’t stop there. In fact, the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper steals the show. I think it’s the centerpiece of this suite (even though I didn’t use it on this card). The suite also features Whisper White Seam Binding, Peaceful Poppies Sequins, and the Peaceful Poppies elements.
About the Card
For this particular card (inspired by a host of others found online), I used a Basic Black card base and the Gray Granite sheet from the Neutrals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper pack. I stamped the poppy image and the sentiment with Black Memento Ink. I colored the poppy with the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and the leaves and stem with the Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.
Another of my favorite products (I seem to have a lot of them!) are the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. That’s what gives me the cool, scallop, stitched rectangle that you see in the picture above. I find myself reaching more and more for this fun die cuts.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card featuring Peaceful Moments, a great set for all occasions, and Painted Poppies. If you don’t need a sympathy card, the Peaceful Moments set provides a host of options.
Give or take, there’s just about 20 days to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration Sale. Remember, you earn FREE items when you make purchases of $50 or $100 (before tax and shipping). There a lot of awesome selections including stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, embossing folders, and more.
This card uses the Lasting Lily photopolymer stamp set. It’s available FREE with a $100 purchase. Just imagine yourself creating beautiful cards with this set. The sentiments are geared toward sympathy and get well, but I can see using the lily images for Easter and spring cards, as well.
Kellie Mallam created this sympathy card using Petal Pink and Soft Seam Foam. One item to note is that she stamped the image on Whisper White Card Stock and ran the piece through the Subtles Embossing Folder. This folder gives the card just a nice bit of texture.
Did you know this set also has coordinating framelits? The framelits are available until March 31 for $27. Framelits for other Sale-A-Bration offerings have been in high demand, so you’ll want to order them soon if they are on your wish list.
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