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[60-Second Video Tutorial] Sympathy Card Featuring Square Tag and Clock Die

Posted by Graphic 45 04/24/2018 50 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

 We have a show-stopping card for you today, starring our Square Tag & Clock Die.  In this post, Kathy Clement shares a Sympathy Card, oodles of tips, and a 60-Second Video Tutorial so you can recreate this card at home.  This card features our Botanicabella - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, which is, unfortunately out of stock.  However, this card tutorial would be beautiful with any of our collections, especially Botanical Tea.  So grab a cup of tea and enjoy this card.  

Sympathy Card

By Kathy Clement


“As a cardmaker, I find that making a sympathy card is probably the hardest task I ever face. The loss of a loved one can make you feel very alone, but receiving a beautiful condolence card reminds you that you are surrounded by people who love and care about you.  When I needed to make a sympathy card for a dear neighbor, I turned to the  Botanicabella - Deluxe Collector’s Edition. The color palette is so rich and soothing. Botanical images are always a good choice for a sympathy card. And the wonderful butterfly images speak of life and rebirth, both of which offer great comfort.  


Staples - Square Tag & Clock Dies

Tip:  Die cut the Graphic 45 Clock from gold metallic paper and back it with a circular die cut made with patterned paper from the collection. Glue the largest die layer directly to the circle die, but add dimensionals (foam tape or waste cardboard) to the back of each successive layer.



Tip: Glue just the center body of two fussy cut butterflies together, then lift the wings with tiny foam tabs to create lifelike elements for your card. I also lightly misted the wings with a gold mica spray to add a little shimmer.



Tip: Spatter your paper with inks to give it an aged, distressed appearance.  I also spattered my flowers for the same purpose.



Tip:  Cut one flower in half.  Then tuck above and below the clock image to add texture, dimension and Interest to your card design.



Tip: Don’t forget to finish the inside of your card.  Add layered papers, stamped sentiments and a miniature notecard to an inner pocket.



I left room inside this little sentiment card to write a personal message.  I’m hoping it will bring a little comfort to my friend.


To help you see how the layers of this card came together, I’ve created a little 60-second video tutorial for you.  Remember, you can always press the pause button to study each individual frame more closely.


Graphic 45 Botanicabella Sympathy Card 60 Second Video Tutorial


Thanks so much for joining me!  Happy crafting!” ~Kathy


Graphic 45 Supplies:

  • Botanicabella - Deluxe Collector’s Edition

    • Botanicabella

    • Eden’s Symphony

    • Antiquity

    • Secret Garden

    • Chipboard Buttons and small tag

    • Stickers: Corners and Stamp

  • G45 Staples

  • Other Supplies:

    • Spellbinder Savoy Decorative Accent Die

    • Black Satin Ribbon/Gold Metallic String

    • Burlap

    • 5” x 7” Top Fold Card base (kraft)

    • Gold Metallic Cardstock

    • Tsukineko Terra Cotta Walnut Stain Spray

    • Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist

    • Small foam squares for butterfly wings

    • Foam tape or waste cardboard to add dimension to layers


Weekly Blog Contest


Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package a Decades Dye Inkpad Package, a $45 value. The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, April 27th.  


The Decades Inkpad Package includes:

  • Antique Moss - Green
  • Bon Voyage - Blue
  • Dark Cashmere - Brown
  • French Lilac - Purple
  • Photogenic - Black
  • Precious Pink - Pink
  • Robin’s Egg - Light Blue
  • Triumphant Red - Red
  • Venetian Lace - Pale Yellow

Decades inkpads feature dye-based inks that create a vintage look.  They are the perfect ink for distress and mixed media projects. Featuring signature Graphic 45 colors that coordinate with our paper collections!

Big thanks to Kathy for sharing this stunning video tutorial, and thank you for joining us here today.  Be sure to share your tips below to be entered to win this week's prize package.  We look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow for another day of inspiration.  


Happy Papercrafting!

50 Comment(s)

Michele Lewis:
04/24/2018, 11:58:55 AM

Kathy, what a wonderful thoughtful creation! Thank you for all your tips and tricks as well as (the very helpful) video. I love this paper collection and have just a few tiny scraps left, which I cannot bear to throw out.

Rebecca Rosas:
04/24/2018, 12:08:39 PM

I agree with Kathy that sympathy cards are some of the most difficult ones to make. The beautiful butterfly images from Botanicabella are a great addition to a soothing card.

Martie Rollin:
04/24/2018, 12:14:56 PM

Yes, sympathy cards are much appreciated...the prettier, the better! I think I would provide a much larger space for my handwritten note. Lovely ink pads!

Sue D:
04/24/2018, 12:15:45 PM

Beautiful and fancy sympathy card.

Tristan Robin Blakeman:
04/24/2018, 12:18:47 PM,

As always, Kathy shares another beautiful and innovative way to use these beautiful papers. I've never made a sympathy card - it always seemed a bit too, well, frivolous to me. But, this is so perfect - heartfelt and lovely and touching. I am tucking this tutorial away...and hopefully won't need it for a long time. I have four of these collections, so one must be saved just to use for these! Oh, those inks! I love mine ... a back up set sure would be nice! HMMMM.....

04/24/2018, 12:22:05 PM

A beautiful heartfelt project. Thanks.

Ellen Haydon:
04/24/2018, 12:46:42 PM

This card is just beautiful to look at and will be soothing to the heart with the thoughtful sayings. Ellen from Phoenix AZ

Ellen Haydon:
04/24/2018, 12:46:13 PM

This card is just beautiful to look at and will be soothing to the heart with the thoughtful sayings. Ellen from Phoenix AZ

Anne McIntosh:
04/24/2018, 12:49:43 PM

What a beautiful, appropriate sympathy card! I love the sentiment she added to the inside, too.

Carla Hundley:
04/24/2018, 12:52:21 PM

Gorgeous and the clock face is lovely. Carla from Utah

Regina Harrison:
04/24/2018, 12:53:31 PM

Beautiful details in this card.

04/24/2018, 12:59:40 PM

As always, Kathy did a fantastic job!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

This is really amazing! What a wonderful card. Love the layers and paper collection you used!

04/24/2018, 02:02:09 PM

Kathy does a wonderful job explaining all the steps to recreate a beautiful sympathy card! The video is great too and she makes it look so simple to do myself.

Glenda Buster:
04/24/2018, 02:02:58 PM

Thank you for sharing! This is such a beautiful and thoughtful card. I agree, sympathy cards are the hardest cards to make.

Jan Kennedy:
04/24/2018, 02:08:17 PM

Beautiful card! Sympathy cards are probably the most appreciated you can send. I wouldn't use black ribbon, though. I don't like decorating anything in black. Too depressing.

Diane F:
04/24/2018, 03:32:08 PM

OMG! I was absolutely blown away by this card! Amazing, beautiful, stunning, thoughtful. Words do not do it justice.

04/24/2018, 04:30:43 PM

Beautiful card - thank you for sharing the tutorial!

Kelly Boyt:
04/24/2018, 04:44:53 PM

It's more of a question. My customers LOVE cards like these but aren't buying the because they are hard to mail. Any ideas?

04/25/2018, 06:32:11 PM

Wrap in layers of tissue paper, place in a bubble mailer. It works really well!

04/24/2018, 05:11:16 PM

Gorgeous card-what a beautiful way to express sympathy. It would definitely make a statement with the work that went into making it.

Susie Doucet:
04/24/2018, 05:18:03 PM


Jan G.:
04/24/2018, 05:58:41 PM

This is a perfect sympathy card. Really like the addition of the butterflies. Can't wait to try the ink.....such pretty colors to go with the paper collections.

Sharon gullikson:
04/24/2018, 06:02:25 PM

The butterflies are a nice addition. Such pretty papers.

Denise Bryant:
04/24/2018, 06:27:36 PM

Gorgeous details on this beautiful card! I love the textures and dimension! Those butterflies are fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win the selection of ink pads! Fabulous colors!

Jean marmo:
04/24/2018, 06:41:00 PM

So many wonderful details.

04/24/2018, 06:51:22 PM

Beautiful colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

Frances Diggle:
04/24/2018, 06:52:23 PM

A beautiful card made with one of my favourite collections and so dimensional.

Susan C Tomlinson:
04/24/2018, 07:21:43 PM

I just had to check in to see the fine details of that beautiful card. I'm sure receiving a handmade card at a hard part in someone's life would mean a lot. Thank you for sharing your great talent!

Dianne Bachetti:
04/24/2018, 09:16:40 PM

I would to take this opportunity to say Thank You Graphic 45 and the Design Team, for bring us lots of inspirational ideas with your Beautiful Collections over the years and now you have added Dies to your collection is "WOW" added Bonus❣️ A chance to Win the collection of your Decades Inkpads Package, would be like putting a cherry on top of the cake for me!

04/24/2018, 09:32:27 PM

What a lovely card! Thanks for sharing the video with us - seeing how to make something is really helpful.

04/24/2018, 10:00:35 PM,

Love your card design!

Suzy H.:
04/24/2018, 10:47:52 PM

Botanicabella was the first Graphic 45 Collection that I ever bought, so; NOPE. I replaced it as I used it and the same is true with my supply of Botanical Tea. I can visualize Kathy' beautiful card with Nature's Sketchbook or perhaps Floral Shoppe, which I do not have. This is what always happens to me...I visualize, I plan and then I put it all back because I cannot bare to cut up my 'saved' paper. But, I do love the card, thank you Kathy for sharing with us.

Rosetta Jenkins:
04/24/2018, 11:32:55 PM

I just received happy mail with the clock due two days before my friend's mother died. I thought of the clock immediately. Thank you for the timely inspiration.

Robyn Marshall:
04/25/2018, 02:13:30 AM

Lovely card. Thanks for the video. I always appreciate videos to help me along with projects.

Debbie Siddle:
04/25/2018, 03:09:57 AM

Love the idea of a clock on a card - wonderful x

susan wilson:
04/25/2018, 04:09:19 AM

I am always amazed at the amount of layering and detail that you put in your cards. This is indeed a special sympathy card that can be adapted by changing the sentiment to so many other occasions.

Gracie Robison:
04/25/2018, 06:11:26 AM

I appreciate the detailed instructions on this mist beautiful card - particularly how the new clock die and square tag was used. The overall effect and message is a comfort to your friend, I am sure.

Dorothy McCarthy:
04/25/2018, 06:34:01 AM,

What an amazing card!! thank you!

Becca Yahrling:
04/25/2018, 07:22:22 AM

At first glance, I thought this was a real clock! So very beautiful and so elegant. And it could easily be turned into a working clock by using a wood plaque instead of a card & add the clock mechanism.

Sue MacFall:
04/25/2018, 07:55:12 AM

a card guaranteed to help you feel better - beautiful,thank you Kathy.

Mary Morel:
04/25/2018, 08:16:46 AM

Such a beautiful card, and the clock is perfect for the front of a Sympathy Card. Gorgeous project...again...Kathy!

04/25/2018, 08:20:52 AM

Thank you for the inspiration! I have lots of G45 paper and this makes me want to get busy!

Tiffany Brummitt:
04/25/2018, 10:49:16 AM

This is a very beautiful card. As someone who lost a daughter this would be a very comforting to receive. Thank you

Cathie G:
04/25/2018, 12:21:35 PM

Kathy's work is always so beautiful....and sooooo creative. Thanks for the tips.

Judy Phillips:
04/25/2018, 04:05:41 PM

wow = what a fabulous card! I love it!

Arianna Barbara:
04/26/2018, 03:26:36 AM

Wow! Stunning details!!! Great card!!!

Sarah Hutchins:
04/26/2018, 03:28:12 AM

What a beautiful way to show support at a sad time. So lovely, and the little note card inside just finishes it of perfectly.

Laura Casey:
04/29/2018, 04:39:39 AM

With beautiful papers, such as Botanicabella, sympathy cards show the beauty of life and the clock die representing time...what a perfect combination. This card is sure to comfort. What a gorgeous design.

Carole Lohr:
04/30/2018, 08:03:18 PM

Kathy, this is a stunning card;and your tips are so helpful!

Carol Edwards:
05/02/2018, 12:33:42 AM

Lovely card for a sad occasion. Equally suitable for other times too. Lots of hints and tips you are such a wonderful designer. X

Diane Marie Retzloff:
03/20/2020, 12:36:07 PM

Beautiful card! I am heading to basement(my craft area) to attempt this card! My cousin just lost her father, and she is a crafter, so I believe this card will truly soothe her soul. Thank you.

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