“Sending Hugs” is quite possibly one of my favorite card sentiments, and who doesn’t love puppies and kittens? Today’s card is 100% recycled – there’s nothing here I haven’t done before. The only difference is that this time, I used different paper and stamps. This card, however, was an important one for me, because it was a reminder that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time you make a card. Stamp sets aren’t meant to be used once, then discarded. And a nice design can be used over and over, with different colors and images, or even the same colors and images, and it’s still special because you made it.
The herringbone technique is a favorite of mine – you can see a tutorial here. It’s such a fun way to use up scraps of patterned paper! Sometimes, I use strips of very different colors or patterns, but this time, I went very monochrome. I wanted a soft look, and I think I got that. The Designer Series Paper is from Stampin’ Up, but it’s old – long since retired – but you can use any paper for this. I cut all of my sheets into 1/2″ thick strips before gluing them down in the herringbone pattern. Different-sized strips and different papers create all sorts of different looks. It’s one of the reasons I love this technique – that, and it looks so fancy, yet is so easy to do.
Images and Sentiment
Of course, I just had to buy Stampin’ Up’s Bella and Friends, and Pretty Kitty stamp sets. Cute cats (and dogs) – totally my style – and still available! I stamped one of each, and colored them with Prismacolor Pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits, fussy-cut them out, and went around the edges with a black, brush-tipped marker. The heart on Bella, and the collar on the cat were both topped with a red gel pen, to make them bright and shiny. (Totally off-topic here, but can someone please tell me why the puppy has a name, and the cat does not?!!)
The sentiment was pieced together from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. This one is designed for piecing the words together, though I did have to do a little “improvising” to get this particular sentiment. The set includes “Sending”, and “& Hugs”, so I just cut off the “&”. I still have it, and can use it if I want, but the stamp is so much more useful to me now. (Hey, there’s nothing wrong with modifying your stamps to do what you want them to.) I stamped the sentiment in black and added 3 tiny stamped pink hearts. After punching it out with a label punch, I added a second label in pink, to give it a shadow.
I die-cut a heart, glued the two little cuties to it, and adhered both the heart and my sentiment to the background with dimensionals. This is just a really easy, sweet, little Thinking of You card, that will hopefully bring some cheer to the recipient. Here’s a close-Up:
While the herringbone technique does take a little bit of time to set up, I promise it’s easy, and very forgiving. But this card would still be adorable with a simple, matted piece of Designer Series Paper, and maybe a slightly larger heart with two little furry friends stamped right onto it – no fussy-cutting needed.
Thank you for stopping by! And remember, smiles are contagious. If you can’t find yours, please let me know, and I’ll give you one of mine. 😀 Have a beautiful day!