Sympathy cards can be quite difficult. Do you create a card that speaks of the individual? Religious? Masculine or feminine? Generic? I try to incorporate something about the deceased if I can. If not, then at least something that speaks to me so that making the card is not a dreadful chore.
It's a gray, dreary fall day here in east central Illinois. The leaves have started turning yellow so not much in the way of color just yet. I had a lovely background (distress inks in yellows, oranges, bit of brown and Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold) created on watercolor paper that I've been anxious to use. When I received Tim's Fall Foliage thinlits dies they seem to reach out for this background.
The base card is kraft and stenciled using Tim's Doily Stencil and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I added a torn layer of corrugated cardboard as a band. I cut two sets of leaves and branches, embossed and folded them and used Glossy Accents to adhere them on top of a dyed silk ribbon (from my stash that coordinated perfectly).
A small tag with "I'm Sorry" in Jet Black Archival Ink was tucked into the arrangement. I used another piece of the silk ribbon to create a bow for the center. While not a typical sympathy card that would be found in a retail store, this speaks more to the heart as far as I am concerned.