SSS Crafty Hugs Blog Hop

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Hello hello crafty friends and welcome back to another tutorial. I’m extremely excited to be apart of Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop for their latest release Crafty Hugs. If you are hopping along then I am guessing you are coming from the very talented and amazing Barb Engler.  She is sooo amazing isn’t she?   Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from their blog comment section. They will pick a winner from each blog and post the winner on Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 3rd of June. So make sure you leave a comment below. There’s also a free gift!!   Make sure you use the promo code: HUGS4U when you check out.  It expires 5/31 at 11:59pm EDT…But let’s get started with my first card.




I started my first card off cutting out SSS Etched Dragonfly die in SSS Smoke Gray cardstock.  I cut it out approx 3 times and put it to the side.  I used some watercolor paper for my panel and used SSS Brush Stroke Messages stamp set for the brush strokes. Going from dark to light, the ink I used was SSS Slate, Smoke, Cloudy Sky, Fog and Audrey Blue.  Line up your stamp so that the ink can overlap.




Once you stamped up your panel, I then added my dragonfly to my stamped image.  The sentiment is from SSS Thoughtful messages.  I treated my area with my anti static tool, inked up my message with SSS Clear embossing ink, used Hero Arts silver embossing powder and heat set it. I adhered my panel to SSS Fog cardstock and  I finished it up with some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.  I added some Wink of Stella (clear) to my dragon fly.  That’s card number 1.


Card number 2:  I began this card with an A2 size Neenah  Solar White 80lb cardstock as my panel.  I chose Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China.  I added a very light of Salty Ocean to my panel gradually lightening it up as I went up my panel.



Then I grabbed my SSS Geo Leaves stencil and attached it to my panel.  Once its secured on your panel, I just chose random blues to blend.  I used Tumbled Glass towards the top so that it would show up on my panel.  When I was happy with my blend, I grabbed my Tim Holtz Texture Paste and palette knife and spread a layer over my stencil.  Make sure your layer is even and keep in mind not to put your knife back in the jar without cleaning it off first.  Once everything is on there evenly, remove your stencil and clean it off.  Then I used Tim Holtz Rock Candy dry glitter and sprinkled it over my wet panel.  When you’re done, set it aside to completely dry.



Once my panel is completely dried, I trimmed down the edges to get a clean area.  I adhered it to SSS Fog cardstock for my card base.  My sentiment is from SSS Just Because Word Mix 2 with coordinating die set.  I treated my black cardstock with my anti static tool, inked up my sentiment with SSS Clear embossing ink, used Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder and heat set it.  I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I used some foam adhesive tape and added it to my panel and finished it off with some Little Lucy Icy embellishments.


Card number 3:  My last card I started this card off on an A2 size panel of Neenah Solar white 80lb cardstock.  Using my Misti, I treated my panel with my anti static tool, inked up my SSS Center Cut Hexagon Floral background stamp with SSS Clear embossing ink.  I stamped my image to my panel.  I did this 3 times to ensure my panel had the stamped image completely.  I used Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder and heat set it.


I wanted to have a colorful card so that I used Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio distress inks and ink blended them.  I went back and forth through each color to make sure it was bright enough and blended enough.



Once I was finished with my panel. I trimmed it down so I could get that nice clean edge. I adhered my panel to an A2 size card base and I used SSS Ivory cardstock.  I grabbed a piece of black cardstock and treated it with my anti static tool.  I stamped CZ Design US of Craft-ay stamp set for the sentiment, used my embossing ink, white embossing powder and heat set it.  I trimmed it down and used some foam adhesive tape.  I adhered it to my panel and finished my card off with Little Lucy Icy embellishments.







That’s it!  How fun is this release?!?!?!  There’s so much more inspiration.  Not only in this blog hop, but at  Thank you so much for stopping by.  The products I used for these projects and where I got them are listed below.  All you have to do is click on the image and got shopping.  Your next stop on the blog hop is Cherion.  The full list of the hop is also listed below.  See you next time!


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Simon Says Stamp Blog

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Yoonsun Hur

Heather Hoffman

Bibi Cameron

Barb Engler

Sidnie Des Jardins

Cheiron Brandon

Laurie Willison

Caly Person

Betty Wright

Bobbi Lemanski

Lea Lawson

Preeti Chandran

Lin Brandyberry

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!



157 Replies to “SSS Crafty Hugs Blog Hop”

  1. Wow just very fabulous! I love the sparkle effect with this stencil!
    Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us and giving us the opportunity to win a fabulous prize!

  2. Your cards are so beautiful! I love the subtle ones, but the colorful one is gorgeous too!

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