I find that the clean and simple style is best for sympathy cards. The last thing I want to be doing is spending a large quantity of time on a sympathy card. I want it to look pleasing, comforting, and simple. To add a little bit of extra to the card, I used satin ribbon and I added flocking to the cattails. In general, I find that nature imagery, scallops, script, and satin or organdy ribbon are good choices for cards that are more somber in nature.
Stamps: French Script, Out on a Limb, Pond Life
Ink: New Leaf, Dark Chocolate, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: White, Dark Chocolate, Certainly Celery
Accessories, etc.: Brown Flock, Scalloped Long Oval nestabilities, satin ribbon
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