Elegant Sympathy

Card making ideas by Becca Feeken using Waltzingmouse - Big Day Today and Spellbinders
Hi there blog friends, I’m back with a card today.  The occasion is one I don’t want to trumpet but this the very reason we make cards, right?  While I was away I learned of a death in the family of an acquaintance, so I took some time out to pay respects.  At first I thought it might be crass to make links and go over instructions, but thought twice because my friend would want me to.  Moreover, if it makes it easier for you to whip out a card and send it to someone that’s hurting then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.    I can’t tell you what a blessing it was when I received an abundance  of sympathy cards three years ago – they are treasured and I’ve kept them all together.   When I wonder if I could, should, or will make another card I glance through that box and remembered all the prayers that were coming in for me.

Sympathy is such a solemn occasion so I sought to do it justice with elegance.  During the August Release, Waltzingmouse Stamps came out with an insanely elegant set of sentiments called Big Day – Today which I stamped at the bottom of the card.  I built up may layers using a number of die templates including Spellbinders Diamond Effects, Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles and Spellbinders Stately Circles.  

Card making ideas by Becca Feeken using Waltzingmouse - Big Day Today (closeup)

Here’s your Step By Step Recap of die cuts and layers, from the bottom up:  Start out with a Card Base  7-1/2″ tall by 5-1/2″ wide (or see how to make that size with the Hinge Technique HERE) , foam tape, brown matting layer cut to 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ , dusty rose matting layer cut to 7-3/16″ x 5-3/16″, design paper layer cut to 7-1/8″ x 5-1/8″, foam tape, die cut layer using Diamond Effects, dusty rose matting layer cut to 2-7/8″ x 4″, design paper layer cut to 2-3/4″ x 3-7/8″, foam tape, die cut layer using Stately Circles #3, foam tape, die cut layer using Gold Majesty Circles #2, #3, and #4.  As always, stack, position ribbon, pearls and flowers on right layer, admire then glue!

Rubber Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps – Big Day – Today
Craft Paper: Eames Natural White, 120 lb., American Crafts, The Paper Studio
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Diamond EffectsSpellbinders Gold Majesty Circles and Spellbinders Stately Circles, Recollection Pearls, Mulberry Flowers, Paper Source Satin Ribbon – Gold, Maya Roads Triple Pearl PinGrand Calibur Die Cut Machine

Thanks so much for your kind words.  I’m so grateful for good health, good friends and home.  This week finds me tickled, humming and savoring my passion for crafts.  I hope you feel the same way too.


  • margaret driscoll UKNovember 16, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Hello Becca!
    Such a beautiful card for a sad occasion…… but one that would be kept, and looked at often, with all the memories it would bring.
    Take care

  • Anne(UK)November 16, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Such an elegant card, Becca, and one that will be much appreciated, I am sure!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • LageneNovember 16, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    OH such a beautiful card to comfort your friend!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaNovember 16, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    Sooo beautiful and elegant. Sadly we do need sympathy cards at the ready to convey our sorrow when friends suffer loss, so we have to make them and have them ready. Your beautiful and elegant card would comfort anyone. Thank you for sharing it.ReplyCancel

  • AnneNovember 16, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    I remember how much it meant to me to receive sympathy cards when my parents passed away. I still have all the cards I received. This is a lovely card and I would have felt honoured to receive a card like this.

    Anne in UKReplyCancel

  • Margie vossNovember 16, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Just so beautiful and tranquil ……ReplyCancel

  • Diana G. StewartNovember 16, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Nice card Becca. This is a very nice design which can be done in a reasonable amount of time. Thank you for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • MickieNovember 16, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Elegant and beautiful Becca! I’m sure the recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness!ReplyCancel

  • DanitaNovember 16, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    A really lovely card, and leads me to my very naive question. Your beautiful cards are very 3D, so I always assumed they were for display only. But surely this one was made to send to someone, right? How do you get it in an envelope without ruining it? Do you make little boxes to put them in, instead?ReplyCancel

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  • CynthiaNovember 16, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    Simply gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisNovember 16, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Its wonderful to be remembered so nicely with a beautiful card. Women love lovely things so I don’t think this is over the top. I would be thrilled to receive such a card/gift. It is so good to be able to pull out of the stash the right card for the right time and that without pressure to make one quickly. Thanks Becca for sharing your lovely creation.ReplyCancel

  • MarianneNovember 16, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Jean HempelNovember 16, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Simply beautiful Becca. So elegant and not over done so would be an appropriate card for anyone who has lost someone. You have done a wnderful job as usual. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, JeanReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenNovember 16, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    The people receiving this card will TREASURE IT Becca!!!!!!!!! It is WONDERFULLY GORGEOUS & ELEGANT!!!!!!!!! LOVE that color green too!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) STILL BLOWING ME AWAY!!!!!!;)ReplyCancel

  • Cindi WellsNovember 16, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Becca sorry to hear about the loss. I think I can speak for all of your followers we appreciate the classy designs but also the classy lady! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • JeannieNovember 16, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    You make the most beautiful cards. I admire your wonderful talent.ReplyCancel

  • GloriaNovember 16, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    I really like your card. You did an amazing job!!!!! I have a question in the picture I see the pin you put some type of cover on the end. What is it? Where do you buy them?ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne GavinNovember 16, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    just simply wonderful, sooo talented xxReplyCancel

  • Linda McCormickNovember 16, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Becca, its a beautiful card and I’m grateful to you because I’m always a little unsure when making a sympathy card. I’m sure the family appreciated such a thoughtful and personal expression of your concern for them.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellNovember 16, 2013 - 8:35 pm

    I just love this card, the colors are awesome and the layers are great. And I agree I think your friend would not mind if you gave the instructions, we make cards to make our friends and loved ones feel good or to let them know we care and it is always great to pass it along to others as wellReplyCancel

  • AshleyNovember 16, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    Your friend will cherish the honor you are paying to this loved one. The card achieves your customary elegance.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WNovember 17, 2013 - 1:21 am

    great card – love the pearl embellished lattice and flowers.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannNovember 17, 2013 - 2:07 am

    Even it´s for a very sad occasion, this card is soo beautiful Becca, and I know, this is going to comfort your friend a lot. It is soooogorgeous and elegant and just touch your inner soul some way, just by looking at it, so definitely it´s a keeper, to trasure forever, that´s for sure. I absolutely love it too.ReplyCancel

  • LaceladyNovember 17, 2013 - 3:16 am

    So sorry about the occasion, but I love the card, it’s positively sumptuous and would stand well with just about any sentiment. Beautiful bow, as always!ReplyCancel

  • CraftysusanNovember 17, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Hi Becca. Condolences on the loss of your friend. This card is so beautiful I am sure the recipient will appreciate both its beauty and the sentiment behind it. Hope the injury to your foot is healing well. xReplyCancel

  • ElaineNovember 17, 2013 - 4:17 am

    Hi Becca

    Your friend will take comfort from your card , it is beautiful and made from the heart , im sure she will treasure it, take comfort from it, and look back on the love from it in many years to come .

    Take Care
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Debbie NelsonNovember 17, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Such a gorgeous card….you are right about how much cards mean to a person when the experience the loss of a loved one.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Moss. U.K.November 17, 2013 - 5:09 am

    Hi Becca. Such a beautiful card. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your friend. This card will bring comfort I am sure. Hugs from Jan. xReplyCancel

  • Mrs BNovember 17, 2013 - 5:23 am

    Hi Becca. A beautiful card. It will be treasured. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterNovember 17, 2013 - 6:53 am

    so glad you shared, this is absolutely gorgeous and I am sure that they were very touched by your thoughtfulness with the card!ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsNovember 17, 2013 - 7:04 am

    Nothing says more than a sympathy card when someone passes – especially a handmade one! That person or family know that you did indeed think of them while “constructing” the card for them.
    This is truly a stunning card and I am sure the receipent will know as I said that you were thinking of them. BLess You.

  • Karen RatcliffeNovember 17, 2013 - 7:53 am

    It’s a beautiful, elegant sympathy card that as everyone has said, your friend will surely appreciate receiving it. The background pattern really helps with it’s subtle elegance too. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Terri WNovember 17, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Becca yet another beautiful creation. I am sure you friend will treasure it.
    I have a quick question however. I love all of your layering but am wondering how on earth do you mail these beautiful cards? Do you use padded envies? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Crafty NannaNovember 17, 2013 - 8:31 am

    It is a beautiful card Becca and I’m sure it will bring some comfort. These are always the hardest cards to make so thank you for sharingReplyCancel

  • Kelly FlahertyNovember 17, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Such a beautiful card during a trying time often brings a smile and definitely a sense of comfort. Becca, you continue to bring us such beautiful creations and for that I thank you. You are an inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Laura O ConnorNovember 17, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    great card ,and always great to see sympathy cards Laura OReplyCancel

  • Francie in MontrealNovember 17, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    A work of art your friend will cherish forever. She and her family will appreciate the love and thoughtfulness you obviously added along with the beautiful bow, pin, paper, flowers and everything else.ReplyCancel

  • Petra SzakallNovember 21, 2013 - 3:09 am

    This is perfection. Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth GrindlayNovember 21, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    As always your cards blow me away. I love how you are happy to share the details of your layouts, that is so generous of you. It gives me (and others I’m sure) hope that my artistic ability can be unearthed. Could you tell me what you have added to your Maya Road pin to make it look so elegant?ReplyCancel