HUGS Card | Concord & 9th


Last week was a busy and chaotic week so I’m hoping this week will be a better one. For any nurses who happen to read here, happy belated Nurses Week!

This card was made for one of my work leaders. Without going into details, it seems like 2017 hasn’t been her year so far; it’s like she cannot catch a break! This HUGS card is meant for gratitude for her leadership and kindness as well as encouragement and positivity for the weeks ahead.

The main products I’ve used for this card are from Concord & 9th and Simon Says Stamp inks. Originally from a previous haul, I picked up the Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Patterned paper not only because of how cute it was, but I’m a sucker for florals, grays, and stripes found in this set. After placing my order, I found out that these cards were specifically made to coordinate with the Floral Fill-In stencils (a type of layering stencils). So I waited until another purchase to get them.

I started off with picking one of the papers, which already had pre-printed flowers and splatters. I layered the first stencil and sponged on three different inks- Twirling Tutu, Rosie Cheeks, and Hollyhock. I was aiming for a messy and organic look, so I haphazardly sponged some flowers or petals more heavy handed than others. The beauty with these stencils is that you don’t have to layer them to get the floral look. I used the second stencil (it is meant for thinner details in the petals) with the darkest ink I chose, Watermelon.

I really could have left the card front as is, but I wanted to help soften the florals (at the time I thought the colors were a bit too bold) so with the same inks and sponge, I tried creating an ombre look with vellum. I felt like the front of the card needed something a bit extra, so I rummaged through my die cuts and found a newer die I haven’t used yet. It’s the My Favorite Things die that reads HUGS. I had the idea that I would die cut this sentiment from more Concord & 9th’s paper. My picture may not be detailed enough but the paper has repeating words of love and happiness. I wanted some dimension but wasn’t feeling the foam tape today so I cut the HUGS word three more times from cheaper cardstock. I glued them together and while I could have left the HUGS word alone (hint, I didn’t), I decided to tie it in with the inks I’ve used. Hence, some more ink sponging  🙂

As I’ve mentioned, I could have left the card like this. I love the messy and imperfect look

I hope you get a chance to try out these newer Concord & 9th products. I think you can create many looks with the stencils and the innovative paper; I hope they come out with more like these!

Supplies Used

  • Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Patterned Paper
  • Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Stencils
  • Simon Says Stamp mini ink cubes: Twirling Tutu, Rosie Cheeks, Hollyhock and Watermelon
  • Neenah Solar White 110lb. cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Tombow Mono Dots adhesive runner
  • Tim Holtz Mini ink blending tool
  • My Favorite Things Hugs sentiment

Oh Happy Day! | Simon Says Stamp

This card was a lot of fun to make for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I’ve been lucky to have had some wonderful weather here in the Dallas area but we haven’t done much fun things on the weekend because we’ve been catching up on unpacking and more mundane household tasks and errands. I do love scrolling through social media for inspiration (and jokingly to live vicariously through others!) and came across fabulous photos that Amy Tangerine took on a recent trip in Bermuda, specifically in front of the pink wall at the Princess Bermuda!


First I took a 4×6 panel and used one of the Hero Arts Rectangular infinity dies to be able to have a frame and inner rectangle to use for my sentiment focal point. With the frame, I used the Simon Says Stamp stamp set called Oh Happy Day to stamp the leaves in three Simon Says Stamp hybrid ink cubes. With the inner rectangle, I used a pink hued hybrid ink to ink blend with a sponge dauber. I used a slightly darker pink hued ink to stamp the flowers, to create a bit of a tone on tone effect. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the sentiment twice using my MISTI stamping tool. I wasn’t feeling too confident in my skills to outline this whole sentiment with the Heidi Swapp Minc toner pen, so I just settled to do the lines radiating out of the sentiment. I used rose gold foil and ran it through my Minc machine.

I used an adhesive tape runner to adhere the frame to the card base. I wanted some dimension for this card so I used foam tape to pop it up. Looking back, I would have loved to have put down a second layer of foam tape. I felt like the card needed a little bit more oomph so I decided to use Pretty Pink Posh sequins in the Sparkling Mix and Pink Blush. It was definitely a fun card to make. Hope you got to create this weekend!

Supplies Used:

  • Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Simon Says Stamp hybrid ink cubes in : Evergreen, Willow, Catkin, Rosie Cheeks, and Teeny Bikini
  • Pretty Pink Posh sequins in: Sparkling Clear mix and Pink Blush
  • 3M Foam Tape
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive Dot Tape Runner
  • Heidi Swapp Toner pen
  • Heidi Swapp Rose Gold Reactive Foil
  • Heidi Swapp Minc Machine
  • Imagine Crafts Sponge Dauber
  • Hero Arts Infinity Dies in rectangles