Sending Big Hugs

Sending Big Hugs

I really enjoyed making this card. I’d had the rough idea for it at the beginning of the week, and yesterday it finally solidified into a definite plan which I went ahead and made!

I started out by making myself a card base from some light blue pearlised cardstock. I then picked out the paper for my main panel.

I ran my main panel through my Big Shot with the rain die from Memory Box’s Come Rain or Shine die set. It took quite a while to get the whole thing cut as the die does just four rows at a time.

Next I created my clouds. I used Lawn Fawn’s Simple Puffy Clouds dies and cut them from some white glitter cardstock. I cut one of the largest cloud, two of the medium, and then multiple little ones. I also cut a circle from the same white glitter cardstock.

Then I stamped the hearts onto my circle. They come from CAS-ual Fridays’ Calm & Loving set. I’d purposefully cut the circle to fit them exactly. I heat embossed them in gold. It was a little tricky to emboss on because the embossing powder caught in the crevices of the glitter cardstock, but I managed to get it to work!

I moved on to creating my umbrella. The dies are again from Come Rain or Shine. I used a snippet of pink for the top part of the umbrella, and then gold mirror card stock for the handle. The handles from these dies are very delicate!

At this point I started assembling. I played around with the clouds to get an idea of how I wanted to lay them out. Once I had it worked out I was about to glue them down when I realised that, of course, the glue would go through the rain drop holes. So I glued down the backing panel to the card base before adding the clouds. I used tape runner around the edges and then used my glue pen to add a little liquid glue here and there between the raindrops.

I added the clouds on with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid glue. I considered using foam tape for them but decided just having them overlapping gives enough dimension anyway. I did use foam tape for the back of my circle. I used my glue pen to add the umbrella handle, and then a bit more foam tape to attach the top of the umbrella over that. I positioned it so that the top of the handle would peek up from the back of the pink, leaving the little ‘spike’ that some umbrellas have.

At this point I realised that the embossed lines on the umbrella weren’t showing very well. I carefully went in with a pink colouring pencil and added a little bit of shading along the lines. It would have been much easier to do before I’d adhered it with the foam tape!

Finally I decided I wanted to add a sentiment. I used one from the same CAS-ual Fridays set, heat embossing it in gold on another snippet of the pink. I realised after stamping that the paper wasn’t actually straight, and my attempts at trimming it to straighten it just made the whole thing worse so I gave up. I probably should have restamped it… I used foam tape again to adhere the sentiment in place.

Sending Big Hugs 2

I’m really happy with how this turned out. It’s pretty much exactly what I had in mind. I love how the rain drop background turned out, and the clouds work brilliantly with it. I am annoyed at myself for not redoing the sentiment, but I can probably fix that later…


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

CAS-ual Fridays – Everything Turns To Gold

Cupcake Inspirations – Colours: Slate, Ballet and Gold (edit – this card was a sweet select!)

Mod Squad – Get Well Soon  (I think this is a very suitable card for someone who is ‘under the weather’!)

Seven Hills Crafts – Sketch/Layout (I changed it up a little and got a bit interpretive – I flipped the sketch around to be landscape and kept the strips going along horizontally. I used the clouds to be representative of those strips.)

TGIF – With Love

40 thoughts on “Sending Big Hugs

  1. What a fabulous card! It’s a lovely feeling to get an idea from your head into reality, and this turned out beautifully. Thank you for joining us at the Seven Hills Crafts Challenge this month.

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  2. What a wonderful way to send hugs! The umbrella, the clouds, the ‘raindrops’…absolutely heart-warming! So thrilled you shared this gem in the Cupcake Inspirations gallery!

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  3. Ohmygoodness! This is just so stinkin’ cute! Your pretty umbrella is so lovely with the gold handle, and the background is so, so, so cute! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

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  4. This card is amazing. There are so many perfect little details built into this design. It looks simple, but the more you look at it, the more you realize the amazing design behind everything. Great job using our color in the challenge this week and thank you for playing along at Cupcake Inspirations.

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  5. Fantastic card, Charlotte! The rain drop die cut out is gorgeous and I love the embossed gold hearts on the circle panel. The colour combo is so soft and beautiful! Thanks for playing along at TGIF Challlenges this week. Rochelle

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  6. Wow – those rain drops look perfect – can hardly believe that was a die run through over and over! Such a great card! Glad you shared it with us at TGIF this week – hope to see you playing again soon!

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  7. What a fabulous take on our sketch challenge! I love the idea of the bar being cloud shapes, and the raindrops are a super detail that go perfectly with the umbrella. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seven Hills Crafts 🙂

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