Craft Ahead, Worry Behind – Encouragement

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I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of get well and sympathy cards. It’s sad but true, and when you come right down to it, sometimes those are the cards that mean the very most. Let’s take some time today to find ideas to make these cards that send encouragement and love to those who need it the most.

Each day this week we will be sharing some of MFT’s greatest hits based on card themes that you use the most often — thank you, celebrations, get well, sympathy, encouragement, hello, and birthday cards. Pin the ones that you love on your Pinterest boards and then once things settle down a bit, use these cards as inspiration to get your stash well-stocked for the year. Won’t that be a great feeling?

While you’re at it, be sure to follow My Favorite Things on Pinterest so that you won’t miss one fantastic project, tutorial, or video!

Here are 8 card ideas for making encouraging cards like get well and sympathy that you can pin for later inspiration! Below each individual photo, you will find a direct link to the original post of the card if you are interested in products and/or techniques.

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8 Encouragment Card Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Handmade card from Veronica Zalis featuring Laina Lamb Design Cool Cup Die-namics

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Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Laina Lamb Design

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Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Diagonal Quilt Square Cover-Up Die-namics

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Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring Scribble Roses Die-namics

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Handmade card from Miriam Prantner featuring Lisa Johnson Designs Pretty Poppies

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Handmade card from Jodi Collins featuring Laina Lamb Design Hot Cocoa Cups Die-namics

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Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Flutter of Butterflies - Solid Die-namics

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Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Blueprints 25

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SO much inspiration, right? You’ll be all set for 2016 in no time at all!

Leave your answer to the question Which one of these categories is the hardest for you to make?  in the comments, and we’ll choose one randomly selected person to win a $25 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on making cards for 2016. We’ll be giving away another $25 gift certificate on Instagram, so be sure to comment there for a second chance to win. All winners will be announced on Monday, December 21, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Let’s spend 2016 encouraging those who need it.

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Comments (72)

  • Janet Ingraham

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    By far a Sympathy card is hardest to make, in fact I don’t make one. I think it’s just not the time for me to experiment> I would be much more critical of my outcome.

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  • Kate B

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    Sympathy cards seem to be the hardest to create, possibly because they are (thankfully) the least common for me. However, I’m going to create some basic ones to keep on hand now!

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  • TK

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    Ughhh, Sympathy has got to be the very hardest! I think we all dread those… but you give us some great inspiration!

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  • Karen B.

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    Sympathy are definitely the hardest to make.

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  • Debbie Wyatt-Lawes

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    I find encouragement cards difficult to make its not easy to know what to say I like the ideas you guys have come up with though xxxx

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  • Renee Milner

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    Sympathy cards are hands down the hardest for me–I’d really appreciate seeing more ideas for them and stamp sentiments that are from “us” instead of being in the first person. Thanks!

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  • Vicki Smith

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    Sympathy cards just stop me in my tracks and I struggle. What I should do is just repeat a card that I really like and change the colors .

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  • Heather Warner-Ferguson

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    Sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make- I try to make them before I need them as when I need them I am generally to emotional to get them done well

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  • Pam

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    I think the area of encouragement for someone with a long-term illness or terminal illness creates a special challenge to get it just right. Thanks for all the inspiration to bring to us every day.

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  • [email protected]

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    So much lovely inspiration here! It’s so hard for me to make Sympathy cards. I make so many Encouragement cards and Get Well cards for dear family and friends. ♡

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  • Diane

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    Sympathy cards are the cards I struggle to make. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Mary-Anne V.

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    Sympathy cards are definitely the hardest..never sure of what colours or images to use since I want to lift their spirits but not look inconsiderate.

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  • Marlyn Rojas

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    Encouragement and sympathy are the most difficult for me.

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Would have to be
    Sympathy cards.
    Lovely cards on
    the blog today.
    Carla from Utah

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  • Aartje

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    I think the sympathy cards are the most difficult to make. But I think they are the best to get when wou are in a one of the saddest period of your live.
    Hugs Aartje

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  • Marisa

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    I think sympathy are the hardest to make as you have to take the personality of the recipient in mind. Some prefer receiving more cheerful colours and others more on the neutral side etc. I always want it to touch their hearts and know my thoughts and prayers are with them so like to ensure it does just that.

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  • Anita in France

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    Lovely inspiration today, thank you ladies! I find making a sympathy card for someone who has lost a male relative or friend the most difficult to make . Anita 🙂

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  • Bobbie Bluegill

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    Seems most people are saying this, but I have to add to the list. Sympathy is the hardest. Most of my cards are whimsy and for sympathy that just doesn’t work.

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make.
    I’m usually pretty flip with my sentiments and I can get by with that
    for a get well card but you can’t do that with a sympathy card.
    I can do the design – the sentiment is what gets to me.
    thanks.

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  • Carolee M

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    Great inspiration today!! Sympathy cards are always hard for me to make:(

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  • Linda M

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    I find sympathy cards are the hardest to make. I really appreciate the inspiration you’ve provided!

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  • Sue D

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    Sympathy is the hardest for me to make.

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  • Donna Rinckel

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    Wonderful inspiration. Words of encouragement are so important. My hardest card to make is sympathy. I think mostly because I don;t make them ahead of time and when I need one I needed it yesterday. I’ve had to make several in the last few weeks and it’s tougher this time of year. This is one type of card that I need to get ahead on in 2016.

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  • Tona

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    Thanks for the inspiration. I struggle most with making sympathy cards. Sadly, I just found out that a close family friend died in her sleep last night.

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  • Nicole Baruth

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    Mascline get well and sympathy cards are the most challenging for me.

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  • Iris Esther López

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    For me the hardest ones to make are sympathy cards.

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  • Oh You Made Me Ink

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    Sympathy cards are the hardest for me to make because I want them to be elegant and refined.

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  • Ruby N

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    I have a hard time with sympathy cards

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  • Barb S

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    Get Well Cards, but I think its because I don’t make as many of them.

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  • Sherisse A.

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    I have the same sentiments, sympathy cards are definitely the hardest to write. 🙁

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  • Sylvia Sanchez

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    Correction to my comment: I meant to type “Sympathy” cards and not something cards. Auto-correct mishap!

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  • kirsty Vittetoe

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    Sympathy card for sure, it is always hard to send those cards!

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  • Sylvia Sanchez

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    I find something cards a challenge. I worry about the appropriate color of cardstock and inks to use. I know, I know, the recipient will not judge my choices of colors – but I still think about that.

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  • Tess Hackett

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    I usually find the get well card hardest to know what to say. Especially for someone with a chronic illness.

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  • D.Ann C

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    These are all lovely and would fit perfectly! I have a backlog of about a dozen sympathy cards to make. I keep using the excuse that I like to send them late because they’ll be more needed/appreciated after the first flurry of support wanes, but I MUST push myself to get these made. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  • Amy Cooley

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    I struggle with get well cards because I don’t always have the best sentiment.

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  • DebiKT

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    I don’t think I’ve made any encouragement cards before, and I should. Finding just the right words of encouragement during a difficult time in someone’s life could be challenging! How to uplift, not sadden? Thanks for the opportunity!

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  • Diane

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    Sympathy cards are definitely the most difficult for me to make. Thank you for today’s beautiful inspiration!

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  • Gaylynn

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    Pretty cards. Sympathy is the most difficult. But with good sentiments, it sure helps. I’ve heard that those in grief are touchy about hearing “I’m sorry” and other comments. The sentiments are the hardest to get right.

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  • Sue G.

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    I have the most trouble with Get Well cards. I think it’s because I want the card to show and say just how much I care.

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  • Michele F

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    While sympathy cards are the ones we all seem to struggle with, aren’t they the ones that are the most appreciated? Just to know someone is thinking about you … what a gift.
    =]

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  • Mel H

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    I think get well cards are very hard

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  • Kim Daniel

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    I find it difficult to make sympathy cards. You want to say just the right thing at this time in someone’s life.

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  • Wendy

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    I have always struggled with making sympathy cards , how to make them pretty without over doing it

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  • Sonya

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    Sympathy cards are always the hardest. Words always seem not enough, but hopefully it helps just to let people know they are being prayed for and are not alone.

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  • Jackie

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    Sympathy cards are always the most difficult for me.

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  • Kristina CraftyPaws

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    Gorgeous inspirations! So clever and creative. I find sympathy cards the hardest to make. TFS Hugs, Kristina

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  • Di W

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    I find sympathy cards difficult 🙁

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