Stamping with Friends Fall Blog Hop - Inspired Thoughts Sympathy

Stamping with Friends Blog Hop for our Fall Theme. I was inspired to make this fancy fold so the designer series paper makes it look like the trees have leaves when closed and bare when open. 

Stamp Set(s):

155529 Inspired Thoughts Bundle


Card Stock:

146979 Merry Merlot 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

153078 Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

159276 Basic White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Designer Series Paper:

155841 Beauty of the Earth 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Stamp Pad(s) and Ink(s):

147112 Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad


Dies and Embossing Folder(s):

Dies from the Inspired Thoughts Bundle plus

151820 Stitched Rectangle Dies

153585 Hippo & Friends Dies



156506 Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots or

155572 2020–2022 In Color Square Gems



149653 Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine



104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals



Merry Merlot Cardstock: 5.5”x4.25” and 11”x2” scored at 5.5”

Cinnamon Cider Cardstock: 5.5”x4” and 1.5”x2.5”

Basic White Cardstock: several pieces for stamping and die cutting for greetings

Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper: 5.25”x3” and 5.5”x1.5”



Step 1: Prepare base using the two pieces of Merry Merlot Cardstock. Use the landscape die to cut the upper edge of the 11”x2” folded so you have back and front matching.

Step 2: Adhere the larger piece of designer series paper on the Merry Merlot base piece and then the folded die cut piece so that the right-hand side is attached to the 5.5”x4.25” back piece and covers the bottom of the designer series paper.

Step 3: Die cut the line of trees from the Cinnamon Cider cardstock. Attach to the front of the landscape die cut piece so the trees are at the front. Die cut the birds from a small piece of Merry Merlot and attach to the trees. 

Step 4: Die cut smaller piece of designer series paper using the landscape die and glue over the bottom of the trees along the front. Add embellishments as you wish to the front.

Step 5: Stamp and die cut greetings from the Basic White Cardstock as well a blank strip for your message. If this does not give you enough room, you can add a basic white 5.25”x4” piece at the back of the card.

Step 6: Die cut a back piece from the smaller Cinnamon Cide cardstock to put behind the greeting at the front. Adhere the greeting at the front using dimensionals and glue the other greeting and the message die cuts inside the card as shown on the photo below:

The photo below shows it looks like the trees have colourful leaves when the card is closed and above you see the trees are bare when viewed from the back when the card is open.

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Click on the image below to go to the next Season of Fall Blog Hop entry:

See all the wonderful Season of Fall Blog Hop entries by following these links:
Linda Moore
Donna Schnees
Tricia Butts
Karen Egan
Nancy Reynolds
Caron Bailey
Victoria Littlewood
Xenia Stanford


  1. I love this fancy fold. Sympathy cards can be hard to make, but yours is beautiful and comforting.

    1. Thank you. I find sympathy cards a challenge to design but my inspiration was the background dsp that made it easy to create with this stamp set and die where I did not have to create individual leaves to cover the tree.

  2. Love it...I will definitely CAS this one...

  3. Beautiful card. Thanks for hopping with us

  4. Amazing fancy fold design. Love the Fall scene you have created.


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