An understated palette gives this card a soothing aura. Solid distress ink color fades into a lighter hue, smudged and pulled using a watercolor brush. Carefully die cut hearts bolster the overall message of the card. Plain white sentiments quietly sit atop the color, letting the hearts have the stage. Diamond rhinestones add a touch of elegance to the overall look.

front of sending big hugs handmade card


  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 3 7/8 x 51/8.
  2. Create graduated color with distress inks. Spritz with water and use watercolor brush to create pattern along the top edge of the color.
  3. Die cut hearts into the bottom of the rectangle.
  4. Stamp and emboss sentiment on black card and cut into banner.
  5. Die cut Sending out of white card.


  1. Attach black banner, die cut Sending and rhinestones onto colored rectangle.
  2. Attach to card blank with dimensional tape.


Paper: A2 card, white card, black card, 140lb watercolor paper Stamps: Simon Says Stamp – you matter Ink: White, distress ink Embossing powder: White – Recollections Dies: Sending – Simon Says Stamp, hearts – Paper Smooches, small hearts – Fiskars hand punch Accessories & Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, distress inks, dimensional tape, craft glue, watercolor brush, 3mm rhinestones

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