MFT Summer School: Rule of 3 Sympathy

Hello there friends!  Hope you’re having a great week.

It seems, unfortunately, that every time I make another sympathy card, I run out and need to make another…it almost makes me hesitant to create another one to build my stash for the fear of it.  But as a card maker, I create with my heart and it’s important for me to share that with others and especially in times like this.  I know that those people that  know me, understand this.

(This post is dedicated to a family friend that has been around since I can ever remember him.  RIP Bill)


Upon knowing that I needed to create a sympathy card, I had seen that the My Favorite Things Summer School had started and their first lesson was about “The Rule of 3” and so with that in my mind, I went to my MFT stash to create this card.

I first started with a piece of Whip Cream cardstock that was cut out with the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax die and then stamped the large leafy image from the Dandelion Greenery stamp set with Grout Gray ink 3 times.  I also stamped the smaller leaf image 3 times over it as well.  I took the sentiment from the Deepest Sympathy stamp set and stamped it with the MFT Extreme Black ink.  I layered this panel over a top folding A2 sized Grout Gray cardstock base.

The butterflies were cut out with a die set no longer available…but I love them and can’t part with them!  I’ve used the Whip Cream cardstock for the outline of the butterflies, black for the middle sections and then I used:  Lemon Chiffon, Tickled Pink and Berrylicious cardstocks for the layers behind the butterflies.  I glued the centers only down so that the wings would pop out a bit.


Here’s a closer look at the butterflies and you can see on the colored portion of each of the butterflies that there is a bit of a shimmer on the wings.  I took my glitter brush pen to go inside each section of them.  I’ve also added 3 Ice Sparkle Crystals to the design for a bit more sparkle.


So as you’ve noticed, I took the “rule of 3” quite literally with my design here!  It actually helped me to focus on that particular lesson to finish up my card.  Sometimes, I’ve noticed it really helps to “challenge myself” with a project so that I have something to focus on when I need to complete a task that would otherwise be difficult if I was just staring at a blank piece of cardstock.  Don’t back down from a challenge or anything in particular that helps keep you focused…especially during times like these right now, as it is something that may be of help for you in more ways than you realize!  It sure is for me anyway, and I really need it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that I’ve helped inspire in some way!  Be well and happy friends.  I’ll see you again soon!


  1.  MFT Summer School – Lesson 1 “Visual Triangle”
  2. Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #139 Anything Goes
  4. Pearly Sparkles – #54 Anything Goes
  5. A Perfect Time to Craft – #8 Anything Goes
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – #120 Anything Goes
  7. Love to Craft – LTCCB49 Anything Goes
  8. Double D – Butterflies

31 thoughts on “MFT Summer School: Rule of 3 Sympathy

  1. Such a gentle and pretty sympathy card Vicki. I am sorry that you have had to make a few recently and sending hugs with the sad news of your family friend Bill x. The rule of three really has been helpful with the design of your card and those butterflies and the grey layering card and stamping looks beautiful x. Stay safe and well Vicki x.


  2. Those butterflies really do make a gorgeous card for an occasion such as this! I love the soft stamping of the leaves around the edges and the rule of three works exceptionally well with this creation! It;s peaceful and serene – exactly what you’d want in a sympathy card, and the matching envie looks equally beautiful!


  3. Although it is for a sad occasion, it is a beautiful card with great stamping and fab butterflies!
    xxx Margreet


  4. The beautiful butterflies and stamping in soft pastel tones make this a perfect sympathy card,so sorry to read you have lost such a close family friend


  5. Gorgeous card Vicki! I love the butterflies with the shimmery wings and the lightly stamped background is beautiful! Sorry for the lost of your family friend.
    Tammy x


  6. Beautiful card Vicki, who does not like butterflies, these are so pretty with their gorgeous pastel shimmer and love the soft stamped leaves, gorgeous sympathy card..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  7. What a very nice and delicate design you have done with these butterflies. Thanks for participating in the challenge at Double D.
    Barbara DT


  8. This is a gorgeous sympathy card and very appropriate. I know a lot of people are making many of these lately and it never gets easier. I think the color combo here is what makes it so soft and comforting.


  9. I love the soft colors you chose for the butterflies, Vicki, and the Dew Drops are a perfect touch. I have such a hard time with sympathy cards and yet, I never have any made ahead or waiting in my stash. I dread making them but that may be because I’m always feeling that sense of loss while I’m making them because I only do them when I need them. I’m going to take a hit and try making one or two for the stash.


  10. So sorry for the loss of your family friend and sympathy cards are the hardest to make-but yours is beautiful and love the colourful die-cut butterflies
    Carol x


  11. The pastels colors and the butterflies give a card so elegant and full of sweetness. Your friends must have appreciated this delicate attention…

    Have a nice weekend and take care.


  12. This card is so pretty and so thoughtful. Hard to make, but so much appreciated by those that have lost someone dear. Sorry for your loss, Vicki.



  13. Beautiful Card. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our “Anything Goes” Challenge.


  14. Stunning card. Thank you for playing in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Hope to see you next time.
    Sladjana (DT for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends)

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  15. Sure is the least favorite card to make but I’m sure your long time friends appreciated it. It is really pretty and perfect for a sympathy card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCB

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