I find it hard to make sympathy cards, in fact they are the only card I will go into a shop and buy. But I was asked a couple of times last year if I did bereavement cards, so I thought I ought to try it.
This card was inspired by the use of negative die cutting at this Pin. I used two new items, the Prim Poppy die (Memory Box) and the sympathy sentiment (Crafters Companion).
I cut the poppy out of white cardstock and placed it over some purple, remembering not to throw away the inner part of the cut which was then stuck back into place! Then I matted it onto black. The paler shade of purple was embossed with a spotty embossing folder and cut to size. I used the same shade to stamp the sentiment onto, then cut into a banner shape. After assembling everything, I wrapped a black velvet ribbon down the side of the card .... I usually use satin ribbon, but could only find velvet which does have a tendency to shed fibres..... After removing all the stray bits of fibre, it was done.
It does feel a bit odd to be making such a card when there is no actual requirement.... it will go into the box with the hope that neither I nor anyone else will need it.