1 December 2020

VIDEO | Simon Says Stamp Paper Hugs

Hello there and welcome to the start of Diecember! Simon Says Stamp always celebrates the month of December with Diecember. There is a fabulous die release out today and they usually have special events and extras running through the month too. 

Today I am using the wonderful new Paper Hugs Die, which is perfect to send to crafty friends. I thought it would look nice simply paired with bright alcohol ink backgrounds, with a touch of metallic from the Alcohol Ink Alloys. 

I started off my cards by creating the backgrounds. I wanted to use alcohol inks, along with the Alloys that I purchased a few months ago. This is the first time I have managed to play with them since I purchased them and I wanted to see how they differed to the Metallic Mixatives. They do give a lightly different look, depending on how you use them (I share more about that in my video). 

I used Cobalt, Laguna, Mermaid and Sterling Alloy on one panel and Boysenberry, Vineyard, Raspberry and Mined Alloy on the other. I first applied either Isopropyl Alcohol or Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to Yupo Paper first and then added the inks on top, I moved the inks using the Alcohol Ink Air Blower and then added more of the blending solution on top, followed by some splatters for more interest. 

The alcohol ink pieces were left overnight to dry and then cut down in to 5.25" x 4" panels. They were added to A2 card bases with foam tape. I then cut the Simon Says Stamp Paper Hugs Die six times from white cardstock. They were layered up three high with liquid glue and then added to the cards.

I took a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Support Stamp Set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. They were then cut in to strips using the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels Dies and added to the cards with tape runner. 


Here is the video showing how I made the cards:

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Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope that you will check out the rest of the Diecember release, it is always a fun one! I will be back later with my Clearly Besotted release video. Have a good day!  


  1. These are gorgeous cards Michelle and it was a great video. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on the alloys. And I also thought Mermaid and Laguna were very similar when I did my swatches. Both of them are so pretty! xx

  2. I loved seeing you use the metallics with the alcohol inks -- I love the marbled look with the metallics and I couldn't remember how to get it so thanks for sharing your experimentations!


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