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with Bonnie Zaiss

Our expert shows how to make a sympathy card that's unique and personal. Using an acrylic wash on watercolor paper and rubber stamps for art, it's easy to make a sympathy card at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Sympathy Card

Hello, I'm Bonnie Zaiss for About.com

Today we're going to learn how to make a special sympathy card. Using an acrylic wash on watercolor paper and rubber stamps for art.

What could be more personal or sentimental then a handmade card?

Customizing a Sympathy Card

The rubber stamp art is the inspiration for this card. The paper, the colors and handwritten note will compliment the stamp art.

Supplies for Making a Sympathy Card

Here are the tools that you'll need:
  • a pad of watercolor paper
  • various gel pens and felt pens
  • a rubber stamp which will be the piece of art that reflects the message you're trying to express. We'll use a beautiful flowered tree for this one
  • An ink pad. There's lots of different colors out there. We'll use red for this card.
  • For the card's background, you'll need acrylic paint, a brush and bowl of water.
  • Lastly, cleaning products for the rubber stamp. Paper towels and baby wipes work great!

Instructions for Making a Sympathy Card

We'll start with the acrylic wash background first. You'll want to plan to do this the night before to allow the paper to dry completely and to flatten it.

Squeeze a couple of drops of paint into a small bowl of water. The more paint, the darker the color. Then stir the paint and lightly stroke the watered-down paint onto your watercolor paper. Be creative! Try using a couple different colors, use a tissue to add texture, add some solid lines on the edge.

After the paper is completely dry, lay it between wax paper then, overnight, stack magazines or books on top to flatten the paper.

Now we're ready to cut. We're using a cutting board. You can make your card any size you like This card is 4 ½ inches by 12inches. Then fold it in half giving it a nice sharp crease for a total card size of 4 ½ by 6 inches.

Next, we're ready to add our stamp art. Take the stamp and press it firmly on to the ink pad. Always clean your stamp when you're done. Wipe the excess ink onto a baby wipe then onto a dry paper towel.

Now add a little detail to your stamp. Gel pens work great. Don't worry about staying within the lines or filling in the details completely. Be creative, use whatever colors you want. Try a metallic pen to outline your rubber stamp art. It makes it shimmer and pop. A silver metallic pen makes great raindrops. Then finish off your artwork with a lovely note on the inside. Add your favorite poem or make it personal.

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