I tend to keep my handmade sympathy cards simple. I figure it is not the time to WOW someone with my expertise, but to keep the focus on the message I want to make sure they receive--I am genuinely sorry they are hurting.
I like the subdued color scheme of this one, although it started out monochromatic. I added the Bravo Burgundy to the card after doing the self-watercoloring technique on the stamped flowers, because the ink separated out to a pinkish brown. Turned out to be an improvement over the browns I had originally envisioned. I also really liked the way the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the Big Shot added some texture, especially when sponged with Sahara Sand ink to coordinate with the card base.
Here's another version with a different sentiment and Chantilly lace trim instead of the Very Vanilla velvet ribbon. I just ADORE how the Loving Thoughts stamp set goes so well with the Apothecary Art stamp set and coordinating Labels Collection Framelits. When you have the two, you have endless combinations of frames and sentiments to suit just about any occasion that might arise. And of course, since it's Sale A Bration time, getting the two together will earn you a free reward choice from the SAB brochure! Dig out your mini catalog and take a peek--the mini catalog goes through the end of April, but Sale A Bration has just over ONE WEEK LEFT!