View Full Version : Wedding, Sympathy and New Home Cards

01-07-2008, 08:05 PM

I recently went to a Village Fete and had a stall selling my handmade cards. I sold 15 and made about 20.00, which I am very pleased with, considering I am only 13.

However, I was asked on several occasions during the day if I had any Sympathy and Wedding Cards, and I unfortunately had to say no. I do not really know what to do for these.

Also, I have just received an order for a New Home Card - what sort of card should i make for that?

If you could offer me any advice (or even show me any pictures) of any of these Cards, I would be extremely grateful.

Many thanks,

Ethan Smith
Claremont Creations

02-07-2008, 01:44 AM
Hi Ethan,

That's great.

I have just designed a new home card by literally finding a picture of a house and colouring it in with nice gel paints and pens.

I have a similar one not listed which has the house picture in the middle and a big GOOD LUCk in silver card on either side. These are two simple designs to give you ideas.

I also have a couple of wedding cards listed. Feel free to have a look at them to give you ideas.

I haven't made enough posts here to be able to give you the links to them directly, but the site is in my signature if you want to look for ideas.


Tip Top
02-07-2008, 12:25 PM
Hello Ethan

Well done! Have a look on my website for inspiration if you want!:D

It might be wise to take your telephone numbers and email address off your signature as it could attract spam or cold callers. But keep your website address.:)

04-07-2008, 12:50 AM
you should be very proud of yourself
well done for selling all them cards keep up the good work
top of the class

04-07-2008, 04:24 PM
Well done on your crafting and best of luck for your future efforts! You'll get loads of support and advice on here.


07-07-2008, 12:05 PM
Well done you

It's great to hear of teanagers getting up off there butts to do something creative. I have teanagers myself and its unfair all the bad press you young guys get.

I don't make cards so can't give you any advice, just wanted to say well done you should be very proud of yourself.;)

30-07-2008, 11:45 PM
For a New Home card I've seen a template to make the actual card 'house' shape. I think it's from WS designs (they do lots of lovely templates, gloves, boots, teapots, watering cans etc), but if you cut the top half of the card to a point for the roof /\ and then cut out windows on the front (if you just cut 3 sides you could have the windows opening and closing) and you can put paper curtains behind them too, and a door(same as the windows), little window boxes with punched out flowers and you're sorted! A bit fiddly but worth a go. Good luck with your future craft fairs :).

07-08-2008, 10:18 PM
I've got a new home card on my website
I've adapted the colour scheme recently as I've just sold 10 of the same design to an estate agency which is quite cool

08-08-2008, 08:35 AM
Well done! Glad you're having fun crafting. When I was young, I used to go with my Mum to the craft fairs where she sold her soft toys, and sell my own that I made from the scraps - it was fun. All you need for a mouse is a quarter or a third of a circle of fur or felt, which you can often get from the offcuts...

Another idea for a new home card is a key or bunch of keys. You could draw round one and colour it or cut it out, or lay a key under a sheet of card and press hard round the edges to emboss the shape.

Bells, champagne glasses, doves and swans are all traditional wedding designs, as well as tiered wedding cakes too. Lilies are traditional for sympathy cards, I believe.

If you Google for images of these things, or words like "wedding" and "sympathy" you should find some ideas. Adding "rubber stamp" after the name of the thing you want when Googling often gets you stamp designs that are nice & stylised and easier to work with.

You can emboss pretty much anything - lay the single sheet of card you want to work on face down on a newspaper (or something else that gives just a bit) topped with a clean white piece of paper. Then trace the reversed image (from a printout works well) over hard on the back of the card, using a biro (a run-out one works well, and isn't messy) or a knitting-needle, or anything like that. It should transfer through to the front as a raised design. Which you can then leave as it is, or colour or add glitter to, or paint (nice & easy to fill in!), or whatever...

Best of luck!

08-08-2008, 08:56 AM
i use crosses and lillies on sympathy cards and similar to other posts for weddings and new homes. good luck with your craft sales hope you have many more.

Roseberry Crafts
08-08-2008, 08:57 AM
Well done on your success Ethan. Unfortunately I too have always struggled with ideas for those exact occassions! I sew my cards so my approach is a bit different anyway. I did a New Home one once and just did a little house. I've never done a sympathy card (still can't think what I'd do) but for weddings (and I've not done many of them either) I have done two birds with a heart in the middle on several occassions and recently a wedding cake.
Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the New Home or the "birds" wedding card but I've just put a pic on my blog (http://roseberrycrafts.blogspot.com/2008/08/gloucestershire-was-wet.html) of the "cake" card that I made recently for my husband's cousin's wedding.

Have you tried searching crafty websites like Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/index.php) and You Crafty Lot (http://www.youcraftylot.com/index.php)to see what other people come up with? Not to copy of course - just for inspiration!

Good luck!

10-08-2008, 05:47 PM
well done you! i have a picture of a new home card that i made, on my blog- if you needed inspiration!