Splendid Thoughts – Sending Hugs

Afternoon playdate in the Studio.

Taking inspiration from the current Time Out Challenge (#215), I selected to give you a sneak peek of a new stamp set, Splendid Thoughts that will debut in the new Holiday Mini Catalog available in July.

I also decided to keep this card clean and simple.  You know that is a favorite style of mine…as such I was influenced by both the Less Is More Challenge (#466) to keep the image graphic and the Happy Little Stampers CAS June Challenge for the sentiment.

Here is the result:



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Basic Black cardstock.
  • Focal Panel: (3½” x 4¾”) Basic White cardstock.
    • The Long Leaf image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
    • Taking color inspiration from the photograph, the Leaves were colored with Stampin’ Blends: Light Parakeet Party, Starry Sky and Smoky Slate.
    • One Leaf is Gold.  Adhesive was applied with a small brush to the Leaf and Gilded Leafing was added.
    • Any un-gilded areas were colored with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.
    • The sentiment, Sending Hugs was stamped at the base of the Leaves with Parakeet Party ink.

And that was it.  However, I had an embellishment opportunity.  A very small smudge got on to the card.  I chose to add a Smoky Slate Classic Mat Dot to cover it up.  To balance the card, I colored two White Dots with the Dark Parakeet and Starry Sky Stampin’ Blends and added them to the card.

I think the colors and the graphic nature of the Leaf image lends itself to being suitable for a guy.  Even the toughest fellow needs a hug now and then.

Thanks for spending a some of your time with me today.  Cheers,  Jolanda.

Need a card? Ask me and I can create one for you.  Want the supplies to create your own, let me know and I can help you with that too!

Like this card? Want to make one similar?
I would LOVE to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you live in the United States, you can order your paper crafting supplies from my on-line store.  It is so easy. THANK YOU!

If you choose to shop with me today, please use HOSTESS CODE: NTBGDX2J (June 2022) if you spend less than $150.00. Don’t forget to let me know if you want a copy of the new Holiday Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure.

Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

6 thoughts on “Splendid Thoughts – Sending Hugs

  1. Great colors for this beautiful twig. A great entry to our HUGS challenge.
    Thank you for adding this amazing card to our gallery in the HLS CAS Challenge.
    BożenA DT HLS CAS


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