The way I look at it, sympathy cards pose a unique challenge. I want them to convey hope, warmth and comfort, while still acknowledging the fact that a family is grieving. The challenge for me is in choosing the colors; I want them to lift the spirit but still be soothing.
- Just Believe and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets
- Concord Crush Classic ink pad
- Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, So Saffron and Concord Crush card stock
- Stampin’ Sponge
- Pearl Jewels
- Modern Label Punch
- Pear Pizazz Seam Binding
I made 10 of these for a ministry group at my church. When they need cards, I’ll come up with 2 or 3 designs and make 10 of each – it’s much more enjoyable for me than 20 or 30 of the same design. 10 is my magic number when it comes to production – more than that and I start wondering why on earth I said I would do this!
I’m very fond of the Just Believe stamp set, but I have a feeling it may be on the retired list this year. It was a convention set in 2010. Stampin’ Up! gives us heaps of free stamps at Convention, and they’re always brand new. I’ve heard that the Powers That Be are planning on cleaning house a little bit and giving us a fresh start with a lot of new product, so I’m trying to put myself in the right frame of mind to say good-bye to some old favorites. Cross your fingers that Teeny Tiny Wishes makes the cut and remains to stamp another year – that set is my absolute sentiment anchor!!!
The most difficult thing to let go of will be Pear Pizazz. It’s a 2010-2012 In Color, and since it’s 2012 now that means Pear Pizazz (plus Blush Blossom, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait and Concord Crush) will be retiring to make room for a new group of colors. Embrace change!!
So what do you think? Are these colors hopeful or hopelessly bright?