Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

With Sympathy

I guess we all need to make 'With Sympathy' cards at some time, and this week it was my turn, when my husband's younger sister, finally lost her long battle with cancer. I said I would send a card to her husband and Chris wanted me to stick to the traditional black and white format, so I did. 

I used the Wild Flowers die from Memory Box, and some off-cuts of black card to cut the inside and outside edges of a deckle rectangle die to make a frame. The sentiment is from a very old Elusive Images sheet of stamps, and I used deckle edge sissors to cut  around the backing paper.
Sorry it is a poor photo. I always have trouble with the white ones! 

I then decided to make three more cards for their children, all grown up with babies of their own. They are each a bit older than our three younger boys and they all grew up together.

For the boy I made one the same as his Dad's. I needed to have them in the post first thing on Monday morning so there was no time to design lots of different ones. 

I then used the same die-cut flower for the girls but with a more fancy oval frame, and instead of the deckle edge, I used a different embossing folder for each background.

For the base cards I used the very last of a huge set of black and navy A6 and DL cards, that were my first ever buy from QVC, probably around twenty years ago. There was a vast number of them, and although the navy ones got used up, the black were less useful, but I am glad that I have used them in the end. This last four were all DL size, but I cut two of them down a little because I liked the proportions better.


Maxine D said...

What beautiful cards Kate, and I love the simplicity of the design - I have never heard of sympathy cards being traditionally black and white...

Jean Straw said...

These are so beautifully elegant Kate and perfect for the purpose.
Jean x

MaryH said...

Kate, these are all just beautiful, and the B&W is very dramatic. Love the way you've used the negatives of the dies and the pretty trims you changed the 2 styles up with. Also really liked the 2nd set, with the floral oval added for the feminine touch and the background embossing. Sorry to hear of your family's loss. Hugs & TFS