A Way With Words

Clean and Simple Pet Sympathy Card

June 9, 2018

Sympathy cards are some of the hardest cards for me to make.  And ones for our beloved pets are just as difficult!  I don’t know about you but I struggle with the right level of “fussiness” on a card for such a difficult time.  So as always, when in doubt, I go for clean and simple.  The Paws and Hearts die (it was available as a stencil before) added just the right amount of detail below.  It made me think of how their paw prints make a lasting impression on our hearts.  Read on to find how I made this pet sympathy card.

  1.  Trim white card stock to 4″ x 5.25″.
  2. Die Cut the Paw Prints across the top half of the white cardstock.
  3. Flip over and add foam tape to the back of this white base layer.
  4. Adhere to a dark gray card base.
  5. Die cut “With Sympathy” out of light gray card stock.
  6. Adhere to bottom of card.
  7. Die cut “Hearts” out of red card stock and choose your favorite shapes of the heart.
  8. Adhere to front near the paws and add a layer of Crystal Effects or Glossy Accents to the heart for added dimension and pop.


I hope this simple but heartfelt card design can help you create some of those more difficult but just as important cards.  As mom to two fur babies, I know how much our pets mean to us.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Crystal Effects Glossy Accent

White, light gray and dark gray card stock

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  • Reply Connie Sue Larson June 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I love this card. Such an awesome way to show we care when a fur family member dies

  • Reply BeverlyBL June 9, 2018 at 7:48 am

    What a sweet card. I love the grays. Thanks so much.

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