Who doesn’t appreciate a hug? Hugs are multi-purpose things; they can be celebratory, a welcome or good-bye, supportive or just because. Giving and receiving hugs was one of the things that I missed the most during the height of the pandemic. There is a wonderful lady at our church who gives great hugs, and I’m so happy to be able to receive them again! Hugs aren’t for everyone, but receiving a card with a hug is welcome by all – even the non-huggers. This open-ended sentiment on my card means that this card can be used for any reason. For now I’m going to add it to my sample basket, so I don’t have to make a decision right away.

This challenge was the inspiration for my card. I followed the left diagonal row: Nature, Encouragement and Free. There are some great options with this challenge and it took me a while looking at the catalog and thinking about the stamp set I wanted to use before I picked the specific line I followed. I do tend to lean toward floral and foliage stamps, so I have several that fit in the “nature” category. Therefore I was mostly looking at options that include the upper-left corner. The Layering Leaves stamp set met both of the requirements for the diagonal line, so once I picked that set the tic, tac toe choice was easy.

I do want to explain something that may not be obvious about my card. After I embossed the Crumb Cake cardstock, I very lightly swiped my White Craft ink pad over the raised areas of the paper. My ink pad needs to be re-inked, so I had to swipe a few times. If you have an ink pad that’s extra juicy, I suggest that you try using a brayer very lightly to achieve the look. I like how it makes the embossing stand out a little bit more without being overwhelming.

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