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Paper Hugs with Crafty Meraki

Hi everyone and thanks for swinging by today. Did you know that Crafty Meraki is now available in the shop?! Woohoo! They are selling out crazy fast so head on over and take a look at what's still available. 

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Today I'm sharing a super cute card using the Crafty Meraki Paper Hugs Stamp, and coordinating die set. It's such a beautiful image, I had to have it as soon as it launched. I've also used a couple distress oxides, which are also available in the shop. 

Paper Hugs, A2 Card

1. Stamp out the large envelope image onto alcohol friendly card and color in with your favorite alcohol markers (I use Ohuhu). 

2. Use a permanent fineliner and ruler to create a few lines on the bottom portion of the envelope. Color in using a black marker or the same fineliner. 

3. Allow the ink to completely dry before die cutting. Set aside. 

4. Use Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry over very pale pink card. I did this because I wanted a hint of pink under the spun sugar. I find doing this makes blending a little easier when you have a very pale ink and you want to lay some decent color down. Allow to dry. I like to let it sit overnight when possible, but you can heat set the ink to dry it quicker.

5. Once the ink is dry you can now stamp the sentiment directly over the inked background. If you do this too soon, it might smudge or the impression may not be as dark as you'd like it. 

6. Adhere the stamped and colored image to your panel (trimmed to 5" x 3.75". Trim a piece of black card 5 1/8" x 3 7/8", and mount both onto an A2 card base. 

7. Add sequins to finish. 

I absolutely love using distress oxide inks, and ink-blending is one of my favorite things to do. Is there a favorite crafty technique that you like? 

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today, and it's brilliant that we can all support small UK businesses. 

Sending love and hugs, 


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