My Besties live far away 🙁 but while they are only a text or phone call away sometimes that just isn’t good enough. There are times when they are going through something or just having a rough day and it seems like a text just doesn’t do it. Solution….send them a card! Yes it isn’t an immediate connection, but a few days later when they may be coming out of their struggle, they will get this card in the mail and they will smile, because this whole time you were thinking about them. This card just kinda popped in my head one day. My bestie was having a rough day. I was looking through all my stamps and this one just seemed to be perfect!

I started by stamping this image and coloring it in. I needed this one to be soft in color so I did use alcohol inks but then went back with colored pencils to soften the color a little. The colored pencils add so much depth and detail to spots. But then can soften the alcohol ink if you go over it with a colored pencil. Once the image was colored I thought about the shape of the card that I wanted. I just say this technique used on other cards so I thought I would give it a try. First I picked out the color of the cardstock that I wanted the card to be. I then cut it to size and used a stitched die to cut out the front of the card. I then used the other half of the 8.5 x11 kraft colored cardstock to cut down to 4.25×5.5. I then took the same stitched die and cut out the center. This will be the top of the card front. Once this was cut out I found one of my new favorite embossing folders by Crafter’s Companion and ran the cut piece with the embossing folder through my Gemini Jr. It gave a subtle embossed look. I used the coordinating stitched dies to cut out my image and the mat in pink. I then used a tape runner to adhere this together and glued it to the inside of the card. Before I put the card front together I waned a sentiment to go along the bottom of the card, as if it were floating on the front. So I stamped “wish I could be there with you” on a piece of black cardstock. I used white embossing powder to make it pop. I then put liquid adhesive on both sides of the black sentiment and placed that on top of the card base. Once I had that positioned I put more liquid adhesive on the all along the the kraft colored embossed card front. This sandwiched the sentiment in the card as if it was floating. I added some pink gems to the corner to finish it all off.

I know this card will be the next best thing to hugging my bestie! It will make her smile and it makes me feel like I am there. I encourage you to make a card for someone. Send them a paper hug! If you don’t have time, pop on over to my Etsy site and pick up a paper hug!

Have a great weekend!

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