Welsh Sympathy Cards

Cardiau Cydymdeimlad – Sympathy Cards

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Life is strange for everybody right now.  And one strange thing is not being able to attend funerals, especially of those who are related or who were people who meant a lot to us.

However, modern technology has meant that we can attend those funerals that have been transmitted over the Internet. Not the same as being there in person, but at least the families know that they are not alone.

Mam and I have attended two such funerals in the last couple of months.  One was the funeral of the widow of a person who had been a minister in our chapel while I was growing up.  She’d taught in the Sunday School.  A lovely woman.  The other funeral was of an aunt, the wife of Dad’s brother, who was quite a character.

Of course, these two sad events meant makeing some, always difficult to make, Sympathy Cards.

Today I have those two cards to show you.

What I Did

I didn’t start off with any particular designs in mind, I just let inspiration guide me as I browsed through my collection of dies and selected random ones that “spoke” to me at the time. I’m afraid I don’t have the details of most of the dies used as I’ve got them in files on magnetic sheets and they’ve long since become separated from the packaging they came in.

I scored and folded in half the white cardstock to makr A5 base cards, anc I inserted an insert into each with fingerlift tape.

I started cutting out the shapes chosen from a variety of cardstock colours and then started placeing them onto the base cards, experimenting with orientation, layer colour order, etc., until I was happy with the look of each card. I did ask Mam’s opinion before finally sticking everything in place.

I put peel-off greetings on the outside and on the inserts.

What I Used
  • A4 sheets 350gsm White Cardstock
  • Assorted Blues and Greys Cardstock – think they might all have been from the same pack I’ve had for some time
  • Sheet of light green paper
  • 2 A4 sheets of good quality white paper for inserts
  • SNAP Die Cutting Machine
  • Assorted Tattered Lace Dies
  • Paper Trimmer and Scorer
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Glue
  • Sentiment Peeloffs
Finished Items

Card 1

Card 2


I have more cards and other items made that I haven’t blogged yet, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.


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One Reply to “Welsh Sympathy Cards”

  1. Hi Gwyneth your sympathy cards are gorgeous. These cards are never easy to make. We are living in very strange times. We also have watched funerals online. It is a way of showing respects. Stay safe and take care. Hugs Jackie xxxx