#CANCERSUCKS – This week, I had to send a sympathy card to my sister-in-law. She lost her sister to a short, but intense battle with cancer. I’m not very close with my SIL, but I knew I had to send something to let her know that I care and I share in her loss.

As for the card itself, I find that I don’t often keep sympathy cards on hand. It’s just not something I think about, but, when I need one, it’s always needed right away. So, I’ll definitely be taking some more of my Timeless Elegance DSP and making some more of these to have on hand. This was a pretty easy design – partially because of the sketch I had to use for PPA this week. It’s a sketch by me, but as you know, we create these sketches months in advance, so, who new what it would be when it grew up to be a card design. I’m grateful to my past self for creating this sketch – it helped me pull this one together in no time.

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA302): Rose Wonder, Timeless Elegance DSP; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #floral #sympathy

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA302): Rose Wonder, Timeless Elegance DSP; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #floral #sympathy

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Keep to Neutrals for Extra Polish

Picking a color palette for a sympathy card usually starts with one word in mind – muted. When was the last time you went to the Brights family for a sympathy card? Yah – I know…. never. So, off to Subtles and Neutrals. No problem. Though, I didn’t want it to be too “plain jane”, so I thought to add some gold. Just a touch though! Check out my color palette and Pin it to use for your next design!

Interpreting a Sketch

I’m always telling you – sketches are just a springboard to help your creativity. Today’s design was no different for me. Do you see all the elements? They’re there! I especially love the watercolor wash that comes across the bottom to create the long rectangular element. I fiddled with vellum, but it wasn’t turning out right, so why not do some colored wash over the black and vanilla DSP? Don’t be afraid to experiment. If it doesn’t work out, set it aside (or pitch it in the trash) and try something else!

Square Card, Rectangle Envelope

It costs extra to mail a square letter/card here in the US. So, I use a rectangle (A2) envelope. My trick to keep the card from sliding around? I add a piece of Tear Tape to the inside of the envelope on one side to make the opening fit the card better. You don’t have to do that, but I like how it keeps the card in place.

A neutral palette perfect for sympathy cards; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #ColorCoordinator

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