Encouraging Cards Keeping in Touch

Have you ever sent a sympathy card? As time goes by, do you ever think about that recipient again, maybe pray over their situation? I know I have, and wanted to check in with them and see how they’re doing. I needed to come up with a way to not only keep in touch with encouraging words, but take action.

Sending cards that only express sympathy again and again doesn’t seem right, and doesn’t seem helpful, so I needed sentiments that say what I mean. In this case, I wanted my friend to know that I was thinking of them again six weeks later, so I came up with this card.

Once a month I create a stack of cards that will be used for Card Ministry, and this time I used a stamp set from Concord & Ninth from quite a few years ago. It’s a two-step stamp set! Easy to color your images, a two-step stamp set is one of the kinds that I reach for on those days of bulk operations. I leave all of the cards without sentiments on the front, and add them when writing inside and mailing them.

I have a few spread sheets for groups of mailings to family, friends, card ministry, and more. On the days that I am creating in bulk, I print out a label for everyone getting a monthly mailing. On my tracking sheets, I have a picture of the card. Then, as I address and prepare the cards for mailing, I peel the label off and place on the tracking sheet with little notes like, “6 month anniversary.”


  • Stamps: Lovely You, Nature’s Prints, Flowing Flowers, Kindness & Compassion, and Dandelion Wishes are all great stamp sets with sentiments I use often
  • Ink: Smokey Slate, Lemon Lolly, Powder Pink, Boho Blue, Mango Melody, Soft Seafoam
  • Paper: Note Cards & Envelopes


  1. I’VE CHANGED MY TECHNIQUE: I don’t score my notecards until all the stamping and coloring is finished. I have started using stamps that are too large for the card face and I like the way the image trails onto the back a little. I also have found that fighting a card wanting to open again after folding makes it difficult to stamp without smearing. UGH! I hate ruining a card after I’ve gotten it half finished.
  2. These large stamps work best when mounted in a positioning tool like a MISTI large enough for you to work with the Note Card fully open! I’m still using the retired Stamparatus because I love having two open sides of the tool.
  3. Choose your color scheme to either feature the line image color strongly or not. Pinterest has many cards using this stamp set, and the coloring methods are very inspiring!
  4. Stamp a little something in the lower left corner of the face of your envelopes.
  5. Stamp the back of your cards with your personalized stamp.

I am familiar with the superstition that having sympathy cards on hand attracts bad news. Making your monthly batch of cards without a sentiment leaves room for using them as Thank You cards, or even Birthdays!

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  1. Beautiful card Celia and great idea to leave off the sentiments till later. Using a stamp positioning tool makes doing multiple cards quick, easy and flawless!