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Create Sympathy Cards: with Bella Flowers Paper & Daffodil Dies

Hello, lovely crafters! Today, I’m excited to share a heartfelt and simple card design that’s perfect for expressing sympathy. We’ll be using the beautiful Daffodil Dies and Bella Flowers 6 x 6 Paper Pad from Pixi Dust Designs. Let’s dive into the creative process and make a card that’s both elegant and meaningful.


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Create Sympathy Cards:

Gathering Your Supplies

First, let's make sure we have everything we need:


Floral With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins

Die Cutting and Coloring

I remember the first time I used the Daffodil Dies. I was so impressed by how intricate and detailed the design was. To start, die-cut your daffodil pieces from various colors of cardstock. Here’s a little pro tip: use lighter shades for the base layers and darker shades for the top layers to create a natural depth.


Once you’ve got all your pieces, it’s time to add some depth and shading. Using your Ohuhu Brush Markers, place each layer on top of the one below it, and mark where they overlap. This technique helps you see exactly where to add shading for a more realistic look. It’s like magic – watch your flowers come to life with each stroke!


Floral With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Creating the Card Base

Next, we’ll focus on the card base. Choose the peach and white floral pattern from the Bella Flowers 6 x 6 Paper Pad and cover the entire front of your A2 card base. The delicate floral design is perfect for a sympathy card, adding a touch of elegance and warmth.


For some added interest, we’ll layer a couple of different patterns. Cut the pink and white polka dot paper to 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" and adhere it to the center of the card. Then, cut the white pattern with leaves to 1 3/4" x 4 1/4" and place it in the center of the polka dot piece. This layered look adds a lovely depth and dimension to the card.


Floral With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Close Up view

Creating the Focal Panel

Now, let’s create our focal panel. Cut a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock into an arch shape. Using Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink, blend softly to create an abstract sky background. This subtle hint of color will really make our daffodil pop.


Cut another arch from the same orange cardstock you used for the die cuts. This will serve as a mat layer, framing our focal panel beautifully.


Floral With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Side View

Assembling the Card

Here comes the fun part – assembling everything! Adhere the ink-blended arch to the orange cardstock arch using liquid glue. Then, attach Instant Dimension Foam Tape to the back and place it in the center of your card.


Add the daffodil die cut to the focal panel, making sure it’s perfectly centered. I always take a step back at this point and make sure everything looks balanced. Sometimes, just a little adjustment can make a big difference!


For the sentiment, I chose a die cut that reads “with sympathy.” It’s simple yet conveys the heartfelt message perfectly.


Floral With Sympathy Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Finishing Touches

No card is complete without a few finishing touches. Use a White Gel Pen to add highlights to the daffodil and other elements of the card. It’s amazing how a few white lines can add so much dimension and interest. Finally, add a bit of glitter with the Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen to give the flowers and sentiment a subtle sparkle.


Pro Tips for Card Makers

  • Layering Techniques: When adding depth with markers, always test on a scrap piece first to ensure the colors blend well.

  • Pattern Mixing: Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns. Just ensure they complement each other and don’t overwhelm the focal elements of your card.

  • Foam Tape: Adding foam tape to the focal panel gives your card extra dimension and makes the main elements pop.


Creating sympathy cards can be a delicate balance of elegance and simplicity. With these beautiful supplies and a few thoughtful touches, you can create a card that is both beautiful and meaningful. Happy crafting, and may your creativity shine through every card you make!


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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














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