Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, but the Love From Lizi June kit had lots of great elements for them. The kit is sold out, but it included elements from the Simple Stories Heart Collection which you can find here. (And, as of writing this, it is on sale!) I’m a little late sharing my cards with the June kit seeing as it’s July already and my July kit should be arriving any day now! Between traveling for a wedding and my work schedule I just didn’t manage to get around to creating with the kit until now. Hopefully you will enjoy the cards despite the lateness! And as always, if you’d like to guarantee getting a Love From Lizi kit you can always sign up for a subscription.
I started my first card with Sketch Saturday 306. Actually most of the sketches I end up using for these cards are from Sketch Saturday! I cut down a panel of the confetti patterned paper to just smaller than my A2 black card base and adhered it into place with double-sided tape. I edged it with Gold Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Offs. I added a strip of grey polka dot patterned paper, which I also edged the the Peel-Offs.
For my focal panel I chose the cut-apart with the black and white striped heart. I used Golden Crown embossing powder to heat emboss a sentiment from the Sending Love stamp set onto the heart. I then adhered the focal panel onto the card base after edging it too with the Peel-Offs. As a final touch I embellished the card with two of the golden flowers that came in the kit.
Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Feminine Goes
My second card uses Fall to Layout 111. I chose a cut-apart that seemed to work well as the focal panel suggested by the sketch, though of course any could work. I also went through the patterned papers and picked out a couple that I thought would work well. I chose the grey polka dot pattern for a subtle background panel, and a floral pattern to go behind the focal panel. I edged all of the layers with Mint Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Offs.
I adhered the background panel and floral panel into place with double sided tape, then popped up the focal panel on foam tape. Finally for the little tab portion of the sketch I used a portion of a sticker from the 12×12 sticker sheet. I did flip the sketch such that the tab was on the right rather than the left.
Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Goes
I used another Fall to Layout for card 3, this time 36. I chose a cut apart almost identical to the one I’d used on card two. This time I combined it with the diamond patterned paper for the background, and then cut a strip of the heart paper for the strip element of the sketch. I again used the Mint Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Offs for edging each of my pieces. For this design I decided not to add any extra dimension and instead stuck everything down flat with double-sided tape.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
My fourth card is based on sketch 26 from Operation Write Home. I began with the love sticker from the sticker sheet. I used my anti-static powder tool to remove all the stick from the back of it. Then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, adding several layers to make it a shiny and dimensional element for my card.
Setting the word to one side I worked on the patterned paper elements for my card. I chose the heart patterned paper that matched with the heart cut-apart that I had picked out. I also cut a couple of pieces of the black and white (starry?) patterned paper to make the strip portion of the pattern. I adhered the patterned papers down flat to the card base and edged them with Gold Mirror Pinstripe Peel-Offs. The cut apart, which I’d also edged with the Peel-Offs, is popped up on foam tape for some extra dimension. I adhered my word embellishment onto the cut apart panel and finally added some Glossy Accents to the teal heart to bring some more shine into the design.
Daring Cardmakers – Patterned Paper
Card 5 – Thinking of You
I went back to Sketch Saturday for the sketch for my fifth card, choosing 322, though I switched it to a rectangular sketch rather than square. I kept the design quite clean and didn’t add much in the way of layers. I used three of the widest Soft Peach/Gold Sway Peel-Offs that came in the kit and used them as the stripe elements of the sketch. I added a tab sticker from the sticker sheet tucked behind the cut apart panel, then popped the whole thing up on foam tape.
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
Sketch 254 from Sketch Saturday was my starting point for my sixth card. I generally try to avoid bringing in much in the way of extra supplies for this kit videos but I did use a couple of dies for this card. I used the stitched circle from Kat Scrappiness Crafters Essentials I Die to cut out the wreath portion of the cut apart that would be the focal point of my card. I also used the stitched strip die from the same set to cut three snippets of patterned paper – the starry pattern, stripes, and tone-on-tone yellow – for the background strips. These could of course be cut with a paper trimmer instead.
I used the grey polka dot paper again as the background for my panel. I then took a little while deciding on the exact arrangement of my three patterned paper strips. Initially I was planning on having the black one as the top and the yellow in the middle, but that made the black strip aligned with the black banner on the circle which I didn’t think looked right. Once I was happy with the arrangement I used double-sided tape to adhere the strips into place and popped up the circle on foam tape.
I then took a while trying to decide on my card base. I’d originally been thinking of using a white one but didn’t quite like how it looked. I then considered cream but that didn’t seem right either. I then went back to the white card base and used Mountain Mist ink from Altenew and the direct to paper technique to change the colour of the card base. I then finished assembling the card.
Fun Friday – Trio
Inkspirational – Three or Five of Something
The Sisterhood of Crafters – Any Occasion
Card seven uses another Sketch Saturday sketch, this time 249. I trimmed away the lower edge of the cut apart that I chose as my focal panel, then matted it onto some of the specialty card stock from the kit. I then trimmed down a piece of the black and white striped scallop sticker and placed it across my card base. I cut a second strip and popped it up with foam tape slightly offset from the first.
I changed from the sketch slightly by trimming my focal panel to end where it meets the scalloped stickers rather than overlapping them. Then I added a line of ribbon across the top of the scallop piece and added a bow.
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
I used Sketch Saturday sketch 262 for my eighth card. It wasn’t my original intention but as I started making the card I decided to change it up and use the design as an interlocking gatefold card. I first created the card base using the specialty black pearlised card stock from the kit, scoring in at 2 2/8″ on each side. I’m not sure if I mismeasured or if the lines on my trimmer are slightly off, but my card didn’t quite meet in the middle, so I trimmed a couple of strips of the peachy pearlised card to add a border on the edges so that there was not a gap in the middle. I then used the Soft Peach/Gold Sway Peel-Offs to edge those.
I used the same peachy pearlised card with two Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval dies to create the oval frame portion of my card, and used the smaller of the ovals to cut out my cut-apart. After checking the positioning on my card base I added glue to the right hand side of the frame and adhered that into place. I then added glue to just the left hand side the oval focal panel and adhered that into place to finish the interlocking element of the card.
As a final touch I I adhered three of the gold flowers onto the frame. I used my heat gun for gluing them because I wanted to be extra sure that they’d stay in place even with being so close to the interlocking mechanism.
Dies R Us – Anything Goes
Just Us Girls – Fancy Folds
My ninth card uses Sketch Saturday 340. Here again I flipped the sketch around a bit to suit my needs. I chose the black and gold cut apart as my focal panel and matted it onto the white pearlised card. I used the same pearlised card to cut the banner portions to go behind the cut apart panel.
For my background panel I chose the black patterned paper with gold hearts. I unfortunately tore it slightly when I was adding the double sided tape onto the back of it, which is why I shifted the placement of the flower because then I could use it to cover up the torn part of the patterned paper. All the elements are adhered flat other than the cut apart which I popped up on foam tape.
TGIF – Sympathy
The final sketch I used for this video has was Sketch Saturday 268. As I had with card four I chose a background patterned paper that matched with the background pattern of the cut apart I had chosen as my focal point. I adhered the patterned paper directly to my card base. I then added a panel of triangle patterned paper over the top. I trimmed down the cut apart and matted it onto a panel of the black and white patterned paper, then popped it up over the triangle paper.
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: 2+ Patterned Papers
For my extra card I didn’t use a sketch. This card was a very quick and simple one. I simply cut down the panel of patterned paper, which matched the cut apart from my tenth card, to just smaller than my cream card base. I then used my lightest grey Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker to add a drop shadow to the word love. Finally I adhered the panel to my card base.
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
I had a lot of fun creating with this collection. Combining patterned papers and sketches is a really great way to make cards that are fairly quick and straightforward. Whilst the collection does have a sympathy feel to it I tried to lean towards general love cards as much as possible rather than ones that could only be used as sympathy cards. I’d love to hear which of the cards is your favourite.