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CAS Sympathy Card

CAS Sympathy

CAS Sympathy

Hi All,

You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this card video took me forever. Blood, sweat, and tears went into it. Well, honestly, there were no tears.

I write a cheat sheet of instructions after I create the first version of the card (I wish I could create adhoc on camera but that’s not possible for me). I make this list of instructions because as I get older, I can’t remember anything. I don’t know why, but I didn’t follow the instructions I wrote for this card. So I had to start over 1/2-way through.

Then, when I was cleaning my palette knife, I cut my finger. I thought, “Oh, no biggie. Carry on.” Next thing I know I have a blood spot on the card. I know, gross. I was able to edit that part out of the video because who wants to see that? I don’t know why I thought water would take it off. It just peeled the paper. Then I sanded it to make it worse. Next I just cut my losses. My card base became a card panel. I used a metal palette knife because I couldn’t find my plastic one, which I recommend as a much safer alternative. 🙂

Time to color the bird. It just wasn’t working. My instructions didn’t make sense. Three birds later it was finally acceptable. Frustration with this part got me sweating. My craft room is at the top of the stairs, so all the heat rises, making it pretty easy for this to happen (and I won’t mention my age again because I already used that as an excuse).

One thing that got editted out for some reason is the heating of the embossing paste with powder on it. I let the paste dry for 15-20 minutes before heating it to set the powder on top.

Anyway, all in all, I really do like this card. Unfortunately, I seem to be needing more sympathy cards lately. I originally intended it to be a holiday card (hence the glitter), but the peacefulness of it made me go with sympathy. And I kept the glitter because our loved ones can be left behind in the beautiful little things of nature that we don’t normally notice, like the sparkling of snow.

Enjoy the video. I will be back on Friday with a card gift set I made with some of my new Stampin’ Up! products. See you then!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: R29, R59

Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Songbird Branch
SSS Songbird Branch
Falling Snow Stencil
Falling Snow Stencil
Altenew Sentiments and Quotes
Altenew Sentiments
Embossing Paste
Embossing Paste
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Palette Knife
Palette Knife
Simon Says Stamp Khaki Ink
SSS Khaki Ink
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Multiliner Pen, .3
Copic Multiliner Pen
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia Inkr
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 8:31 am


    You sound like me: the easiest cards always seem to take the longest! You told on yourself! 🙂 Watching the video I would have never known anything went wrong. Lovely card. I love the contrast of the red bird surrounded by all the white and the window panel with glittery snow on the branches. Beautiful!

  2. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 9:38 am


    Darlene, that is a beautifully simple card that does make a sympathy statement. The stark whiteness, cold snow, the loneliness of winter, the lone red bird, and the leafless branches all say sadness and sympathy. I love the card. You certainly covered up for the problems because there was not even a hint that anything went wrong.

  3. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 10:47 am


    Love the card, sorry you cut your finger!!! My next investment is the SSS stitched dies because I see significant savings over another popular brand. Thanks for sharing!! =)

  4. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 10:49 am


    I have a couple of questions.
    I am considering to buy some of the stich circles and rectangle dies and I notice there many vendors out here for them (SSS & Lawn fawn & My favorite things, among other)
    Obviously I want to get the most from my money since I am on a tight budget.
    My question is this:
    Which of those vendor will offer the most versatile solution and why?
    Which do you think would be a better purchase?

    • wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carmen. I have dies from all those companies and I think all of them are high quality. So, that’s not really a factor. I think you should consider size, number of dies, stitching placement, and price. How big do you want your shapes? Each brand will give their sizes. This card used the second to largest circle, for your reference. Another factor will be number of dies provided. If you want to do nested circles, you’ll want a product that has more dies so there is less space between the sizes. Still another factor is stitching placement. Some have the stitching on just the inside of the shape, some have it on both sides of the shape (so you can have stitching on the shape plus the negative of it). Finally, price. Personally, I went with SSS because it was the most economical and it had stitching on both sides of the cut line, which gives more flexibility in designs. Hope this helps a little!

  5. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Miss Robin

    LOVE the card!!! Sorry about all the blood, sweating and crying!! Your creation was worth it though. I had an experience recently where I was trying to put the elements of a card together and I got “ink” on the card stock, so I made another panel and the same color of ink got onto it again (red). My son comes over to see what I’m frustrated about and he notices I have a cut on my finger! No wonder!!!! So I bandage it up and move on, successfully this time.

    • wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Okay, that’s a really good one Miss Robin. I’m laughing. 🙂

  6. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 11:31 am


    Beautiful! Love your card! thanks for sharing.

  7. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card. Unfortunately I have had to make three of them in the past couple of weeks. This will be an addition to them now.

    There are some days when I’m working on a card that I feel like I’m in one of those slapstick comedy movies. Something is getting stuck to me, I’m tripping over something, I realize that I just got ink all over something or the famous hitting my head on the table as I’m picking up something I dropped! Crafting is dangerous but I love it!

    • wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      lol Mary Jane – I can totally relate. It’s funny to think about in retrospect, but it sure can be frustrating when it’s happening. I remember dropping a jar of Perfect Pearls on my black pants not too long ago. I just had to take a moment of silence after that one. 🙂

  8. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 12:14 pm


    Stunning and elegant!

  9. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 1:33 pm


    Oh my dear!!! What a trial…but it’s comforting to know even the experts struggle in card making!! Beautiful, peaceful card Darlene 🙂

  10. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 1:46 pm


    I am so glad to hear you too have days like that – when creating a card turns into a major pain – when this hobby of ours is supposed to give joy not add stress.
    Beautiful card – thanks for hanging in there – it turned out so nice!

  11. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Gillian J

    Quite beautiful Darlene and worth the effort. It is artistic and elegant. Thank you.

  12. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Carol B

    Beautiful card, in spite of all your problems your creativity came through. Love the bird and branches.

  13. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 1:51 pm


    Beautiful card! Sorry about the cut. It always takes me at least two tries to get the panels perfect.

  14. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 1:53 pm


    Love the card but I am not sure I would have went through what you did. I would have just trashed it and gave up. But alas I am a lot older than you. LOL

  15. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    I already know that you are awesomely talented…it’s also nice to know that you are “regular”. Many of us can relate to your trials and tribulations in making this exquisite card. And I can certainly relate to the memory thing. It’s hard to believe that you’re not a “perfect” card maker and videographer. Sure looks perfect. This particular card is timely for me…I have a friend who needs something like this right now. THANKS!

  16. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Hazel Parr

    I have a sympathy card to make tomorrow. No idea what I’m doing yet. Hopefully it’ll come to me when I sit down at my desk.
    Hazel xxx

  17. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 2:47 pm


    Blood, Sweat and Tears!!!!! Great band of the 70s. Darlene, thank you for this blast from the past, LOL!!
    Seriously, so sorry you cut your finger, that wouldn’t been gross, just painful to see knowing your were in pain.
    I agree with Tammy, and I think I’m even older than her, LOL!! You are truly amazing Darlene, I love this sweet, serene card, I’ve never tried that Embossing Paste but it gives your cards incredible dimension.
    I MUST get me a pair of those tweezers, sometimes I truly struggle to pick up little things with my bare fingers.
    Thank you for another fabulous video, I will be here on Friday, I wonder what you have in store for us.
    Many hugs.

  18. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 2:56 pm


    This is a beautiful card. I would never have known all the “uh-ohs” if you hadn’t mentioned them in your blog. The voice over on the video is seamless. Thank you for sharing a beautiful yet simple card.

  19. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 2:56 pm


    I love white CAS cards. I don’t make them because they never seem to stay white. I’ve given up. lol

    • wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      You mean because you can’t stop adding? I know! I think leaving it alone is the hardest thing to do.

      • wrote on January 15th, 2015 at 1:08 am


        I have the same problem in that is is very hard for me to keep my white clean cards really white and clean!.. I always have trouble keeping them from getting a little grubby proving once again that CAS cards are The most beautiful and the most difficult. In my humble opinion.

  20. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 3:53 pm


    Darling card. And you made it look so easy – no one would ever guess you had a few retakes. Sweet design. Thank you for sharing.

  21. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 6:28 pm


    Thanks, Darlene, beautiful card. You make me feel sooo much better about all the flubs, start overs and ‘in the trash’ I seem to have to do at times. Another lesson learned, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try try again’. I’ve learned so much from you, I know LiveLoveCards is going to AWESOME!!!

    • wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you ohsuziq!! 🙂

  22. wrote on January 14th, 2015 at 6:29 pm


    Nice card. I really like the idea of the branches under your circle window :)m

  23. wrote on January 15th, 2015 at 1:05 am


    It warms my heart to know that someone with your skill still sweats and makes boo boos on cards. It it can happen to the best of them than I will be a little easier on myself! And I love that card. So beautiful.
    BTW what does CASE mean and it is the sMe thing as clean & simple?

    • wrote on January 19th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Amy. CASE means Copy And Share Everything. CAS is Clean And Simple.

  24. wrote on January 15th, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Sandy Joe

    I think the card is simply beautiful Darlene

  25. wrote on January 15th, 2015 at 4:31 am


    Thank you for sharing your mishaps with us, we sometimes think everything just falls into place for you video-makers. You make it all look so easy. This card is a stunner an will carry the message to the recipient very tenderly.

  26. wrote on January 15th, 2015 at 10:45 am


    Love the snow effect from the stencil, really lovely. Also, thanks for the tip about the magnetic platform, I hadn’t even realised there was such a thing available (clearly I am not very up to date with things in the craft world LOL).
    I hope you will not have many more reasons to be making sympathy cards.
    x niki

  27. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Peg C

    Beautiful card and sorry about the blood and all other happenings! I’m really enjoying your videos and really need to order from SSS, those stitching dies are just lovely x

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