As promised, here are the 2 masculine sympathy cards I made for friends of mine. (see the feminine card here)... One death in their family affected several lives....
These two cards were for 2 men whose relationship are uncle & nephew.... one lost his sister... the mother to the other :(
I used the same card base and patterned papers (list at bottom), but changed them slightly. I cut 1-1/2" squares and rounded the opposite corners of each. Then I had to decide on the arrangements on each card.
For the first card, I tried the design above... but it looked too much like a flower to me, so I played around with the pieces. I finally chose the option below and just added the extra rounded squares and sentiment below it.
For the second card, I decided I wanted a little dimension, so I added smaller matching pieces on top of 2 sections (a little hard to see in photo below, since they're not popped up yet).... but again this shape looked too girly (flower) to me.
So more playing around with the paper pieces until I was happy!... Added a couple more 1" rounded squares to the mix and came up with this:
With a 90 degree turn, another set mirroring it below, popped up the small rounded layers and the sentiment... finally happy... and Done!
List of supplies:
5x7 card bases with matching envelopes - purchased at Hobby Lobby
CTMH Passages patterned papers (retired)
CTMH Cocoa and Bamboo card stock
Scor Tape and pop dots
sentiment done in MS Word