It is one of the hardest task to show your sympathy at times of grief and loss. But sending a sympathy card with a heartfelt message can provide comfort to the sufferer. And if you can make a homemade sympathy card to send, it will be even better.
In times of bereavement, it is very difficult for a person to cope with feelings of loss. As a friend or relative, it is your duty to help and support the bereaved person. Whether it is a loss of a loved one or the end of a marriage, personal loss can be shattering for a person. It is in these times of grief, that you need to show support and sympathy to the person. The best way to do this, is by sending a sympathy card which has a few phrases or wordings that will provide comfort.
Making a sympathy card on your own gives a personal touch to the card and shows the receiver that you care. A handmade sympathy card is not hard to make and it will help the person or family to deal with feelings of loss. It can also help in the healing process and pave way for the person to overcome his/her grief.
Ideas for Homemade Sympathy Cards
Making a sympathy card is no different from making any other kind of card. But there are a few things that you have to keep in mind while designing a sympathy card. Use sober or neutral colors in designing a sympathy cards and avoid garish and bright colors. The colors that you choose for designing a sympathy card should be light and muted in keeping with the gravity of the situation. A simple design is always best as it helps to highlight the condolence message that you are going to write. Strictly avoid embellishing the cards with glitter and sequins. Now that you know what are some things that you should consider while designing sympathy cards, let’s get down to making sympathy cards.
Homemade Sympathy Card #1
- Black card stock
- Piece of patterned wallpaper
- Black organza ribbon
- Strong glue
- White card paper
- Craft knife
The first step in making sympathy cards is to cut the black card stock into 6”x6” square and fold it in half. Next, cut the patterned wallpaper piece to fit the dimensions of the card. Dab on a bit of glue to the back of the wallpaper piece and gently place it onto the front of the card. Make sure that there are no air pockets left between the wallpaper and the card paper. Allow the glue to dry.
Take the black organza ribbon and loop it along the fold of the card. Tie it into a neat bow at the front of the card. Apply a bit of glue on the inside of the ribbon to adhere it in place. Now cut out a small rectangle on the white card paper and write the words “with heartfelt sympathy” in block letters. Cut out the letters to make a stencil and place the stencil over the card. Now hold the stencil in place with one hand and paint over it with aubergine acrylic paint color. Lift the stencil off when the paint dries. Your homemade sympathy card is ready. Write a few lines of sympathy card wording and place it inside an envelope.
Homemade Sympathy Card #2
- Card stock paper (peach color)
- Craft knife
- Pair of scissors
- Cutting mat
- Craft glue
- Lightweight paper (white color)
- Bone folder
- Paint brush
First, fold the lightweight paper accordion style, three or four times. Now draw a pattern of your choice on the paper. You can choose a simple or intricate pattern. Good choices are flowers, trees and vines. If you are not too great at drawing patterns, you can use a pattern from an old greeting card or a magazine. Just place the pattern over the paper, mark its edges with a pencil. Next, cut out the pattern by placing the paper over a cutting mat. Cut out the intricate part of the pattern with the craft knife and for the outer edges use a scissors. Once your pattern has been cut, place it inside a heavy book.
The next step is to cut the card stock paper into 6”x 6” square. Fold the paper in half and score the crease of the paper with the bone folder. This will help in keeping the fold crisp and neat. Now apply craft glue to the back of the paper cut outs and arrange them over the front of the card in a symmetrical placement. Allow glue to dry and write condolence message in the front and inside of the card.
As you can see homemade sympathy cards are not difficult to make, once you hit upon an appropriate color scheme and design. And this gesture will be greatly appreciated by the grieving person.