My husband lost a cousin just before Christmas. My usual themes for a sympathy card weren't right for this time of year so I decided to go with a more traditional holiday look.
The base card is white and I've narrowly trimmed a second piece of the same cardstock for the top layer. I dry embossed it using Sizzix Tall Pines folder.
On a scrap of the same white cardstock I stamped DRS Designs' In Sympathy in Jet Black Archival Ink. Around the edges I added tiny evergreen sprigs and pine cones using Impression Obsession DIE097-M with green and brown cardstocks. Before I removed the pine cones I added a bit of brown distress ink (whatever was on the pad) over the petals for depth.
I don't think anyone enjoys making sympathy cards but I find that using something that reminds me of the individual, whether it be a hobby or a favorite color, can be a big help. If these don't work then go with a seasonal theme.